• Images courtesy of Lara Swimmer Photography.

  • Images courtesy of Lara Swimmer Photography.

  • Images courtesy of Lara Swimmer Photography.

  • Images courtesy of Lara Swimmer Photography.

Lower School, Oregon Episcopal School

Portland, OR

Project Categories

K-12 education

Business Type

New elementary school

Size

45,000 square feet

The building is passively heated and cooled and has an enhanced envelope, which was cost neutral to the project. The natural ventilation stack allows open windows to induce cool air into the space done by using the buoyancy of hot air. Additionally, designers created a system of green lights that alert students and teachers as to when temperatures outdoors are favorable to open the windows.

Sustainability

Certifications

  • Net Zero Ready
  • Architecture 2030

Special features

  • Energy Use Intensity of 22 compared to typical school Energy Use Intensity of 48.5

  • Energy savings of 55% from code while staying cost neutral to a code building

  • Dedicated Outside Air System (DOAS) with heat recovery

  • Passive heating and cooling help the building stay energy efficient

  • Large windows offer an abundance of natural light, ventilation, foster a sense of connection to the outdoors, and add a learning component through operability

  • Meets Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) Path to Net Zero energy program requirements