Reynolds School District puts three new schools on the Path to Net Zero


Reynolds school district playground

Reynolds School District is starting the school year with three new schools, built to offer outstanding energy efficiency and a more productive learning environment. Funded by a $125 million bond passed by local voters, the elementary schools – Fairview, Troutdale and Wilkes – are replacing older buildings and all share the same high-performance design.

The projects enrolled in Energy Trust of Oregon’s Path to Net Zero early in the design process. Building designs are projected to be 60 percent more efficient than a standard school building of its type. Energy-efficient features include:

  • LED interior and exterior lighting
  • Advanced daylighting
  • Natural ventilation and other passive energy strategies
  • Variable refrigerant flow system with heat recovery
  • High-efficiency water heating
  • Solar-ready design

These efficient and passive energy strategies provide other advantages beyond saving energy and lowering operating costs. The natural daylighting and fresh air create a safer, healthier environment for students and staff. Teachers in the district are even planning on using the energy-efficiency benefits of the new schools as a teaching tool.