Ultra-Low Energy Campus Case Study: King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex Case Study

Case Study / July 20, 2020 / Getting to Zero

In 2015 the Cambridge city council voted to adopt a Net Zero Action Plan, requiring all city buildings to target net zero energy design by 2020. When the City issued the request for proposals for the new King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex, it explicitly stated the project goal of net zero emissions, knowing that the project would open just ahead of 2020. Arrowstreet Architecture and Design, in association with William Rawn Associates, won the award and stepped up to the challenge to build the city’s first all-electric, net zero emissions project. With thoughtful consideration for the occupants, the team signed a complex that maximized efficiency through the building configuration and integrated energy reduction strategies that are expected to result in 43% less energy than the average regional school.