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Schools can be a great testing ground for pushing new boundaries.

Typically lacking in intensive energy loads, and operating on a short calendar, they are relatively approachable candidates for net-zero-energy goals.

School officials and parents alike may also be receptive to upgrades associated with less-toxic materials or better indoor air quality for the sake of the young minds that will spend so much time there. For these reasons and more, school projects sometimes provide the best case studies for what’s on the horizon for other building types.