Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 East Cotton Center Blvd. Phoenix, AZ
"The New Colonel Smith Middle School - Arizona's First Net Zero School - Ft. Huachuca, Arizona"
Richard Clutter, AIA, REFP, LEED AP
Emc2 Group Architects Planners, PC
Join our speaker, Richard Clutter, as he discusses the newly completed Colonel Smith Middle School Complex.
Unique Design Elements include:
Overall, lighting energy use is expected to be 80% less than a standard school building, making the building ready for zero net energy when a photovoltaic system is added in the near future.
Lighting and Daylight
To properly harvest natural light without increasing the cooling load energy use, the building obtains most of its daylight from the north sky through clerestory windows.
Mechanical system design includes packaged rooftop, variable air volume (VAV) air handlers in each building pod. VAV air handlers use direct expansion, refrigerant cooling with energy efficiencies of 11.0 and 11.5 EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio).
A student Energy Dashboard, located in the Student Union, allows students to monitor energy usage and production in real time. The Dashboard monitors energy use throughout the building, energy produced by solar and wind components, and water harvesting collection and usage.
The project harvests rainwater from roof tops and from the artificial-surface athletic field in a pair of 25,000-gallon water harvesting tanks.