Energy efficiency continues to be a top priority for education facilities – yet expensive sustainable options have been historically difficult for k-12 public schools to finance and achieve. Thanks to innovations in energy efficient LED lighting technology and high-performance innovations that meet standards for rebates and incentives, Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, N.C. installed Cree LED lighting to become the nation’s first net-positive-energy, LEED-platinum-designed, leased public school in the country.
Cree, along with developer Firstfloor and designer SfL+a Architects, helped the school save 55 percent on energy usage, adding into the school’s complete savings of an expected $16 million on its energy bills over the life of the building.
This is the beginning of net positive institutions using LED lighting technology, and a worldwide shift to energy-efficient lighting would lower electricity demand by more than 1,000 terawatt-hours and reduce CO2 emissions by 530 million tons annually. This is due to the decreased energy need to power the same light output, without adding additional heat, benefiting other systems such as HVAC.