Net-Zero Case Studies

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“Growing District, Growing Minds” School Facilities Program Planning and Designs for Warren County Public Schools
“Zero Carbon: To Zero and Beyond” HOK

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Net-zero energy and net-zero emissions buildings are becoming more practical and increasingly sought after. Join us in a discussion to explore strategies to achieve as well as the impact of net-zero buildings from both a designer and building owner’s perspective.

Net-Zero Emissions Speculative Office Building
in Midtown St. Louis
Speaker:Tim Gaidis, Sustainable Design Practice Leader at HOK
To design affordable, carbon-neutral buildings, architects need to understand the market opportunities and barriers and develop new design processes. With these goals in mind, an integrated design team undertook a 10-month design charrette to determine whether they could design a market-rate, zero-emissions prototype for a Class-A commercial office building.  Carbon emissions being the single most important factor that must be addressed to mitigate climate change, the design team focused on net-zero emissions rather than net-zero energy. The goal was to develop new design processes that make zero carbon buildings widely achievable. This presentation will explore a net-zero prototype designed to fit comfortably onto a potentially developable midtown St Louis site.

The Nation’s First Net-Zero Energy Elementary School
Speaker: Joanie Hendricks, Public Relations Coordinator at Warren County Public Schools, joining us remotely
Warren County Public Schools in Bowling Green, KY is the home of the nation’s first Net Zero school building. The 77,000-square foot building operates at 18 kBTUs per square foot. Limited energy consumption coupled with revenue from solar panel production allows the elementary school to operate without cost. The Net Zero School milestone is just one of many accomplishments of WCPS that has also offset $6 million in energy costs since 2003 by changing behaviors and mindsets.


  • Explore the context of and importance of pursuing net zero facility development.
  • Define and examine differences of net zero energy and net zero emissions facilities.
  • Identify the benefits and challenges of net zero office development through a prototype design.
  • Describe how a school district honed its building designs to achieve a school capable of producing as much energy as it consumes to achieve the nation’s first Net Zero school building.
  • Discuss how a school district continues to seek new methods to enhance its massive energy-savings initiatives, buildings and programs.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES Learning Unit

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking, 6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE: Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114  map & parking instructions

FEE:  Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members and Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

REGISTERClick here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Net Zero Case Studies event listing.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

French Gerleman

Microgrid Energy


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