Project Description

  • Eco Schoolhouse
  • Eco Schoolhouse designed by PWArchitects, Inc.
  • Eco Schoolhouse
  • Eco Schoolhouse
  • Eco Schoolhouse, designed by PWArchitects, Inc.

The Snowball Effect

  • Local utility representatives spoke to students about energy efficiency and sustainability issues

  • Parents, children and businesses donated time and materials for the garden which has become a National Wildlife Society Certified Wildlife Habitat

  • All Grant School students participated in creating the “windows” sculpture installed on the south wall above the garden

  • Fourth graders collaborated on a poem based on their experiences in the garden

  • Styrofoam lunch trays were replaced with a biodegradable product

  • The school’s recycling program has expanded

  • An Eco Club and a Stream Team now focus on environmental issues

  • Paper consumption at Grant School was reduced
  • An Eco School House song was written and performed by kids at various community events
  • A School House Rock event was held to demonstrate “green” school activities
  • The Eco School House has been on the Missouri Solar Homes Tour for the past 2 years
  • Partnerships with community groups and business neighbors has reduced the need for parking and increased walking to school
  • Bike racks were installed to promote alternative transportation.

Sustainable Design Benefits

  • Skylights and indirect, energy-efficient lighting fixtures provide a well-lit and calming classroom atmosphere.
  • Built-in recycling station encourages sustainable practices.
  • Floor tile, a low-emitting, durable and rapidly renewable, domestically grown corn product, lowers maintenance costs and improves indoor air quality.
  • Energy Recovery Unit captures energy from exhaust air to pretreat incoming air, while the CO2 Sensor monitors air quality and controls fresh air supply on demand.
  • Airlock Entry reduces air infiltration.
  • Native plantings require less water and maintenance.
  • Photovoltaic panels supply roughly 36% of the building’s power needs.
  • Roof reflects heat and lowers the building’s cooling load.
  • Recycled aluminum acoustical panels improve the building’s sound quality.
  • Durable, waste reducing, prefabricated SIP construction with a vapor barrier minimizes air/water infiltration and maximizes thermal efficiency.
  • Energy-efficient heat pump enhances low temperature heating capability.
  • Windows provide natural daylighting and cross-ventilation while roof overhangs reduce harsh light and heat.
  • Low VOC paints and coatings improve indoor air quality.
  • Rain barrels capture water and a drip irrigation efficiently funnels water to the landscape.
  • Light-colored concrete paving helps moderate exterior air temperature.
  • Fly-ash, a post-industrial recycled product, improves concrete performance.
  • Durable fiber cement siding lasts longer and requires less maintenance than traditional vinyl siding.