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Valley View Middle School

Targeting the Living Building Challenge, the campus is designed to be the most sustainable public middle school in the country.


Snohomish, WA


Snohomish School District

The first strategy in attaining net zero was to reduce the energy demand.  The building systems have been modeled to achieve 22EUI (kbtu/sf/year), without  any photovoltaic offset, which is about 1/3 of the average Washington State middle school currently operating and less than 50% of current code.

This is accomplished with increased roof and wall insulation and triple-pane insulated glazing as well as utilizing 90% efficient air to air heat exchangers and low velocity displacement air delivery is provided in all teaching spaces.  Efficiently designed north-facing teaching spaces provide adequate natural lighting throughout the school-year, further reducing artificial lighting energy demand.  The campus is also designed to accept a 900 kW roof-top solar array.

Roof rainwater is collected and stored throughout the year for toilet-flush use.  Water collection and energy use are tracked and monitored live on smart-boards and public interactive kiosks via in-classroom software to encourage educational competition among classroom communities.

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