Journeys School

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Buildings & High-Performance Design

Solar Energy Production

A demonstration photovoltaic system totaling roughly 6.4 kwdc (4% of total campus energy use) has been tied into the power grid, permitting power to flow back into the grid at times of low onsite use. Current data for solar array one and solar array two is available online for student use in science and math classes.

Click below to view real-time data from our photovoltaic cells on the Welcome Center and Outfitting buildings.

View Real-Time Data for Jackson Campus Solar Array #1 - Located on the Outfitting Building



View Real-Time Data for Jackson Campus Solar Array #2 - Located outside of the Welcome Center




High-Performance Design Features

A few examples of the environmentally intelligent building solutions that were applied to the Journeys School and Jackson Campus include:

  • Buildings were sited to take advantage of site issues such as solar gain, late day shading in summer and building “into” the site. Narrow building footprints are oriented to maximize daylight, passive solar gain and natural ventilation.
  • Thermal Analysis Software computer modeling was used to locate window openings for maximum cross-ventilation, eliminating the need for air conditioning. Indoor air quality is controlled with outside air using Heat Recovery Units that recover heat from exhaust air.
  • Concrete containing up to 40% fly ash (a byproduct of power generation) was used as a substitute for cement.
  • Metal roofs, wall panels and fiber cement siding were used to provide durable, fire-resistant exterior cladding.
  • Most building materials were left untreated to reduce volatile organic compounds and off-gassing that might occur due to toxicity of finishes. This also eliminated ongoing re-finishing and maintenance. Structural systems such as roof panels, wood shear walls, and concrete slabs were left exposed on the interior, eliminating the need for extra finish materials.
  • Natural gas boilers and radiant-heated concrete floors were installed to provide a high-efficiency, low-maintenance heating system.
  • Only carpeting with 100% recycled-content backing was used. Low-flow sinks and showers reduce annual water use by a target of 20-25%.
  • Untreated plywood and oriented strand board, made from smaller trees and chips, were used to cover many of the interior surfaces. Engineered lumber structural systems used smaller diameter trees for production.
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