Announcements 05.26.2020

Frederick Douglass High School Wins ASHRAE National Technology Award

The new building aims to be the district’s first net zero energy–ready high school.

Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington, Kentucky operates with an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) that is 60% lower than the average K-12 school. The new high school was completed in 2017 in partnership with Tate Hill Jacobs and CMTA Engineers.

Some sustainability features include:

  • All available roof area of the building can accommodate installation of photovoltaic panels, to offset at least 50% of the school’s energy use.

  • A geothermal heating system and insulated concrete forms create additional energy efficiency.

  • High-volume low-velocity fans supplement air circulation in the two-story cafeteria, gymnasium, and auxiliary gymnasium. The increased air velocity allows for a higher space temperature setpoint during the warm seasons, saving compressor cooling energy.

  • A demand-control ventilation system uses individual CO2 sensors in each occupied space, which directs the outside air supply based on the location of occupants.

Flexible spaces emphasize technical labs, career orientation, media and technology.