Decarbonization for School Buildings

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Decarbonization for School Buildings

Decarbonization for school buildings can have a significant impact on not only carbon emissions but also building function, student learning, and overall community well-being. Decarbonization involves transitioning buildings to all-electric power in combination with renewable or carbon-free energy sources. K-12 schools are one of the largest public sector consumers of energy, producing the equivalent of approximately 15 million cars per year. Whether constructing a new school building or retrofitting an existing building, there are a number of effective building decarbonization solutions that can be implemented to help reduce a school’s carbon footprint.

Strategies for Decarbonization for School Buildings

Decarbonization is the process of reducing carbon emissions from being released into the environment. When it comes to public school buildings, there are two primary sources of carbon emissions: operational carbon and embodied carbon. Operational carbon is emitted from heating and cooling schools, lighting, and other daily activities that rely on power. Embodied carbon refers to the carbon emissions created by construction materials and throughout the building process.

Some examples of building decarbonization solutions for schools include:

  • Energy performance monitoring
  • Transitioning to high-efficiency electric HVAC equipment, refrigeration, and other appliances
  • Update old, inefficient appliances
  • Incorporate energy-recovery ventilation
  • Replacing the use of fossil fuels, like natural gas, with renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, or geothermal
  • Utilizing energy storage systems to support electric load flexibility
  • Using smart technology and automation, such as smart lighting and thermostats
  • Lowering the demand for resources through the design process and sustainable construction practices, such as reducing waste, improving the overall carbon footprint, and limiting over specifications
  • Increasing the usage of scrap, recycled, and high-performance materials during the construction process
  • Transition to electric school busses
  • Replace grass with drought-tolerant plants or materials like cork and coconut fibers
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    Get Comprehensive Guidance for Decarbonization for School Buildings

    If you’d like to learn more about building decarbonization solutions for schools, contact Gilleran Energy Management. Founded in 2002, we offer comprehensive consulting services to help you meet your energy efficiency and sustainability goals. From existing buildings to new builds, our experienced consultants can help you with everything from making energy-efficient upgrades and retrofits to understanding how the latest update to the 2022 Energy & Green Building Codes may affect your upcoming projects. For more information about how we can help you achieve your decarbonization goals, schedule a consultation at (707) 528-7318 or email us at

Posted on February 7, 2023 in Updates

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