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Lessons Learned In New Orleans Can Help Other K-12 Schools Achieve Energy Efficiency

February 23, 2012

In 2005, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), began providing technical assistance to New Orleans' schools to improve energy efficiency and reduce school operating costs. Initial technical assistance provided by DOE/NREL included energy audits of open and operating school facilities and consultation on energy-efficient design strategies, energy modeling, and pre-design and design reviews for new schools.

The experiences of incorporating energy efficiency after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in four new schools—Langston Hughes Elementary School, Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School (which was 50% new construction and 50% major renovation), L.B. Landry High School, and Lake Area High School—and one major renovation, Joseph A. Craig Elementary School—are described in two new publications to help other school districts and design teams with their in-progress and future school building projects in hot-humid climates.

Read Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned, which provides detailed information on the planning, energy assessments and monitoring, and outcomes from NREL’s/DOE’s work with the New Orleans Public Schools district, or read the summary.

Learn more about NREL’s/DOE’s work in New Orleans.

—Devin Egan