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Public School 62





Yale CEA researchers (formerly as CASE) collaborated with SOM, the New York City Department of Education and other stakeholders to design the ecosystemic approach to on-site net-zero energy across multiple systems.

Staten Island, USA, 2015






CASE Team: Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Nick Novelli, Brandon Andow

Public School 62

Image: Public School 62 Exterior View


how would a net-zero building impact and re-shape the next generation?


CASE Team: Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Nick Novelli, Brandon Andow

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The 68,000-square-foot, two-story school serves 444 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. The cutting-edge building harvests as much energy from renewable on-site sources as it uses on an annual basis. Designed to comply with the SCA Green Schools Guide in lieu of LEED® certification, the project is the NYC School Construction Authority’s first “sustainability lab.” 

This exploration into ultimate sustainability will provide substantial benefits to the City’s School Design Program and help achieve PlaNYC goals for significant reductions in global warming emissions. The design offers an energy-use reduction of 50% over a SCA standard public school. The design optimized the orientation and massing of the courtyard-shaped building to take advantage of sunlight for both ample daylighting and photovoltaic arrays on the roof and south facade. 

Other sustainable and low-energy features incorporated in the design include an ultra-tight high-performance building envelope, daylit offset corridors, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, low-energy kitchen equipment, a greenhouse and vegetable garden, a geo-exchange system, energy recovery ventilators and demand-control ventilation, and a solar thermal system for hot water. Our Increased-resolution modeling reveals gaps in power supply from on-site systems due to time-of-use mismatch and daylighting/glare asymmetries.

Yale CEA (as CASE) performed a comprehensive ecosystems analysis of the potential for incumbent and emerging sustainable technologies to impact the energy consumption profile and to actively generate on-site heat and power in order to reach the NY Department of Education (DOE) goal to reach On-Site Net Zero. Subsequiently, Yale CEA team developed comprehensive ecosystematic design strategies throughout the entire technical and social systems for PS. 62 including an analysis of occupent behaviours and energy consumption profiles.

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PS. 62 has won over 60 design and sustainably awards. Yale CEA (as CASE) acted as sustainability principals on the winning competition, design and development for all energy and environmental systems design and for the overall building orientation and shape.

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