Press Release: Kenny Stanfield to Speak at Yale and in Miss., S.C., and Kentucky about Zero Energy School Design and Insulated Concrete Forms

Lexington, KY: Sherman Carter Barnhart’s Kenny Stanfield, AIA, LEED AP, will be speaking about the benefits of sustainable Zero Energy school design and Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) starting this week at conferences at Yale University and in Mississippi, South Carolina and Kentucky.

At each of the conferences, Stanfield, a national expert in Zero Energy Schools and designing schools with Insulated Concrete Forms, will focus on the innovative application of sustainable design strategies. Stanfield designed Richardsville Elementary, the first Zero Energy School in the United States. After more than a decade of operation, the school continues to produce more energy than it uses.

Stanfield also designed the second Zero Energy School in Kentucky, fourteen Zero Energy Emerging/Ready public schools in Kentucky, Kentucky’s first four Energy Star schools, and the first ICF school in Kentucky, as well as the largest ICF school in the nation. While energy savings is a focus of his designs, Stanfield’s real success comes from providing high performance, energy-efficient buildings for the same cost as a conventional building, dispelling the notion that green design is expensive.

Following are the conferences where Stanfield was invited to speak:


2020 Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Winter Conference, Jan. 26-29 in Jackson. Stanfield’s session is sponsored by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA).

A Pathway to Energy & Disaster Resilience: An ICF Symposium and Training Event, Jan 29, in Louisville, Kentucky, is sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture-Kentucky and the NRMCA. This education event will demonstrate how to achieve dramatic energy savings and disaster resiliency provided by insulated concrete forms (ICF). The session will describe why and how ICFs optimize the building envelope and minimize property losses due to disasters.

The Net Zero Schools Summit at the Yale School of Architecture, Jan. 31, in Hartford, Connecticut is sponsored by the AIA-Connecticut, in collaboration with the CT Green Building Council and the NRMCA. A group of thought leaders and experts from across the country, including Stanfield, will discuss sustainability, carbon sequestration in construction and construction methods to achieve Net Zero schools in an effort to move the design and construction of industries toward a carbon-positive future. The summit’s goal is to host a candid discussion of sustainability, planning and designing, and construction of Net Zero schools with the goal of providing actionable information for the stakeholders behind school construction design.

Kentucky School Boards Association Annual Conference “21E School Design and Kentucky School Construction,Saturday, Feb. 22, in Louisville, KY. Stanfield will speak with Kerry Young, a Warren County Schools board member, about how design can have an impact on student achievement. Warren County Schools, in conjunction with Sherman Carter Barnhart, adopted a strategy to design the most influential educational spaces. Attendees will learn to establish the “right” design priorities in a 21E School that engages and inspires learning in a safe, healthy, sustainable environment while dramatically reducing or even eliminating energy costs.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, Associate Principal Jennifer Cash will join Warren County Schools’ CFO Chris McIntyre as they discuss how effective school design and construction can save money that can be put back in the classroom.

Creating Engaging Learning Spaces in the Hub City – Centering Around Learning, March 25-27, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Sherman Carter Barnhart’s Stanfield and Justin McElfresh, AIA, CID, LEED AP will focus on 21E Schools. What is a 21E School? It’s a school designed to engage and inspire learning in a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment while eliminating energy costs. The design strategies for 21st Century learning spaces and zero energy are complementary and when combined as an overall design goal, achieve dramatic results. Attendees will learn essential design strategies necessary to dramatically reduce energy consumption while creating learning spaces that focus on the four “c’s” – collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. The nation’s latest zero energy school, Jennings Creek Elementary, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will be used as a case study to describe and showcase the design characteristics of a 21E school.

SHERMAN CARTER BARNHART ARCHITECTS in Lexington, Kentucky, is a regional firm serving clients since 1979 in over 10 sectors including P-12 education, higher education, multi-family housing, corporate, government, hospitality, civic, and institutional markets.

ABOUT STANFIELD: As a Principal of Sherman Carter Barnhart’s Education Studio, Stanfield leads the firm’s innovation, development, and application of sustainable design strategies in schools. Nationally recognized as a leader of high performance, energy-efficient designs, Stanfield has led the design of groundbreaking high-performance schools.

Want to learn more about 21E schools? Or would you like to invite Kenny Stanfield or Justin McElfresh to speak to your school board or organization about 21E School design?

Newby Walters
Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects

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