August 8, 2012 - 7:30am - 9:00am
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Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 East Cotton Center Blvd. Phoenix, AZ

Meeting Description:

"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.

Project Details:

The recently completed Colonel Smith Middle School is a project that was begun with a very specific goal in mind: creating a sustainable middle school complex, while at the same time designing a building that would promote student engagement and learning. The very successful result is a net-zero building whose design creates interest, curiosity, and learning opportunities for its students.The project reflects the School District’s vision for the new CSMS instructional program which includes a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum driven by state-of-the-art technology appropriately differentiated in each grade level. All indoor and outdoor spaces are available for learning - every square foot counts! Operations of the school are designed to reflect environmental awareness and learning. 

Unique Design Elements include:

Electrical Distribution

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.

Water Harvesting

The project harvests rainwater from roof tops and from the artificial-surface athletic field in a pair of 25,000-gallon water harvesting tanks.