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Being designed to be energy efficient, Reedy Fork Elementary School was the lowest energy consuming school among all elementary schools recently surveyed by the Guilford County School.

Reedy Fork Elementary School was designed as a 3-dimensional (3-D) textbook so the students, teachers and the community learn about sustainable design strategies and how they reduce the impact that human development has upon our environment.

The school includes classrooms for 725 students plus dining, multi-purpose room, science, art, music, computer, media center and administration facilities. The school was designed in conjunction with a civic complex for Reedy Fork Ranch. By smart planning, we were able to reduce costs by sharing facilities within the overall complex. In addition, rainwater is collected from the roof area of the school and stored in a 45,000-gallon underground storage tank and used for flushing toilet. By using rainwater, the school is able to save over 767,000 gallons of water representing 94% of the water used for toilet flushing each year.
Location: Greensboro, NC
SF New Construction
Completion: August 2008
•Energy-efficient building envelope
•Daylighting in occupied spaces using light shelves and daylight sensors
•Underfloor air distribution system
•Solar domestic hot water
•Rainwater reuse for toilet flushing
•Educational signage throughout school
•Real-time monitoring
•Recycled materials and local products
•Indoor environmental control management
•Constructed wetlands and bioswales
•Shared use facilities with community and the city
Key sustainable design strategies include:
"At Reedy Fork [Elementary School] everyday is earth day. The natural lighting, solar heating, rainwater cistern, and many more "green" features contribute to a great place to work, learn, and grow. Working with Lou and Innovative Design has been a positive environmental learning experience for us all".
Denise Schroeder, Principal, Reedy Fork Elementary School
850 West Morgan Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 I Tel. 919.832.6303 Fax. 919.832.3339
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