When it came time to replace the aging Finn Hill Middle School in Kirkland, Washington, the Lake Washington School District took the opportunity to build a cutting edge school that demonstrates the district’s leadership in energy efficiency, sustainability, and progressive learning environments. Seattle-based architecture firm Mahlum designed the new 115,000 sq. ft. school using structural insulated panels (SIPs) from Premier SIPs for the walls and roof as part of a holistic energy reduction strategy. With extensive daylighting and an innovative HVAC system, the school is 47 percent more efficient than the ENERGY STAR median and is considered zero energy ready. It currently receives roughly 40 percent of its power from rooftop photovoltaics and has enough south-facing roof area to make the building net zero energy in the future.
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