DLR Group Designs Near Net-Zero School for Paradise Valley Unified School District
Construction of Fireside Elementary, the Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Unified School District’s newest school, is almost complete. The school incorporates energy saving and environmentally sensitive design elements to make it the most efficient facility in the District to date.
This two-story, 88,660 SF new elementary school campus is designed to be a near net-zero energy building. DLR Group’s approach to high performance design includes both energy reduction and energy production strategies.
At Fireside, energy reduction includes a high performance envelope, efficient interior and exterior lighting design, highly efficient chillers, and extensive control systems.
Production strategies include solar collection panels to produce power, daylighting and solatubes in educational spaces, and a solar hot water system.
The $13.5 million Paradise Valley School will be presented to the district at the end of July.