The Schmidt Associates’ approach to designing for energy efficiency and performance in K-12 is pragmatic, informed, and measurably effective.
The Promise of Energy Efficiency Needs To Be About More Than Promises Alone
Every dollar saved through energy efficient design is an investment in the learning experience of every student. Energy efficient environments reflect an awareness of the importance of understanding our total learning experience, as well as our mutual responsibility for our impact on our collective future. The immediate financial results of energy conscious design is apparent as an opportunity that dramatically contributes to our educators’ effectiveness.
Yet all too often in the context of hard-pressed school budgets, ambitious promises are made around energy efficiency and predicted savings. And, all too often, those promises prove illusory, based on “smoke and mirrors”. We prefer a much more tangible take on what’s required to secure genuine savings. That’s why we begin with our own rigorous, data-driven models; models that don’t trade on theoretical situations but instead factor in the on-the-ground realities of a new building or a renovation.
We Don’t Rely On Other People’s Numbers
We have a powerful advantage when it comes to creating the most efficient designs. We are able to create virtual models of our building solutions at a very early stage, creating efficient designs. This allow us to explore the impact of everything from building orientation, form, window placement, exterior skin, as well as various types of mechanical and electrical systems, simultaneously. The use of virtual models also allows our clients to “see” the building take form and it gives them a far better understanding of how the building could function on the site. Using our weather data, and location software, we can even place a proposed building on a possible site to explore the physical proportions as well as the climatic impact on the energy performance. The result is a set of criteria that relate to initial cost of construction as well as long term operational costs and projected energy consumption. The choices we offer our clients are both broad based and specifically finite.
Green Isn’t Limited To Greenfield Site
You don’t need to have a brand new building to take a whole new approach to energy efficiency and environmental comfort. Our specialists can review and then improve key aspects of existing equipment and infrastructure performance too. Latest design or decades old structure, drawing on Schmidt Associates’ expertise means going green isn’t just a blue-sky aspiration.
To explore the savings and efficiencies you could be enjoying, talk to our expert Schmidt Associates’ K-12 team.