Saturday, November 13, 2010

the first school

Yesterday I visited the Center for Energy Efficient Design (CEED) in Rocky Mount.  I met Adam Cohen, our architect/builder, for a personal tour of the first passive house certified school in the United States.

[A view of the CEED from the south.]

The CEED is a perfectly wrapped passive house package composed of various eco-friendly and energy conservation pieces that will be readily monitored beginning Wednesday, November 17, 2010.  This highly efficient school features everything from a photovoltaic solar tracking system to counter tops composed of crushed stone from the New River. 

[A view above the CEED from the southeast.]

Vegetation on the roof and porous concrete in the walkways collect rain water that will provide H20 for the its greywater demands.  Solar thermal water tubes will assist in preheating the hot water tanks while sub-thermal water lines will aid with the heating and cooling demands of the ventilation system.

[A view of the CEED from the southwest.]

Although I didn't capture any pictures of the interior, sun light entering through the wide array of windows on the roof and south face of this school provide for a well lit workspace.  This place is awesome!

[Another view of the CEED from the southeast.]

For more information on the CEED, visit The CEED - The Center for Energy Efficient Design.

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