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Supporting net-zero school builds for a brighter future

Our work on three school projects has resulted in cost-effective, energy-efficient, and healthy learning environments for students.

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Colliers provided project management and commissioning and energy services for three schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts, with the goal of achieving net zero in all.

Supporting net-zero school builds for a brighter future

Mansfield Elementary School, located in Mansfield, Connecticut, is set to replace the town's existing three elementary schools, bringing all students together under an 80,000 gross square feet (gsf) space. When completed, it will be one of the first net zero public schools in the New England region.

The primary technologies that will allow Mansfield to achieve net zero energy are ground-source (also known as geothermal) heat pumps and solar photovoltaic panels. The heat pumps are integrated with over 60 wells on the property and will provide all-electric, highly efficient heating and cooling. The 1,000+ photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof are sized to off-set that electric load, as well as the other building loads, allowing the school to generate as much energy as it consumes.

60 wells on the property will provide all-electric, highly efficient heating and cooling

As project manager, Colliers is the owner's representative for the Mansfield project, including construction, turnover, and closeout. Our role includes analyzing constructability, serving as the main point of contact between contractors and designers.

In Watertown, Massachusetts, Colliers provided commissioning services for two new elementary schools: 144,000 gsf Hosmer Elementary and the 81,000 gsf Cunniff Elementary. Both schools aim to be net zero through the use of air-cooled heat pumps and photovoltaics.

Colliers acted as the commissioning provider representing Watertown. We assisted in the development of the owner's project requirements, reviewed the design, provided verification and documentation of the installation and performance of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and building enclosure systems, and helped in the optimization of the schools to achieve net zero energy. Colliers also integrated an automated fault detection system into both schools, bringing the power of the latest Al technology to assure the long-term performance of the building systems.

All three school projects have resulted in cost-effective, energy-efficient, and healthy learning environments for students.