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Brooks Elementary School

Bullitt County Board of Education · Shepherdsville, Kentucky
Energy Star

Bring the community inside by creating an exciting environment to inspire learning.

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 Bullitt County’s Most Energy Efficient School


Brooks Elementary School is arranged by academic families featuring a different color theme and back-lit “sky” translucent ceiling design at each intersection for wayfinding.

Students and visitors are greeted by a central lobby clerestory/cupola with wood pergola designs that create an indoor “park” interior design theme. The lobby is interconnected with the community spaces; the Gymnasium, Cafeteria/Auxiliary Practice Gym, and Media Center to foster ease of use for after school community events.

The school features separate covered areas for both bus and car drop-off. There is also a Head Start Program building addition.

An Energy Star certified school, Brooks Elementary is proving to be the most energy-efficient school in the Bullitt County school district. It has earned this honor due to the successful energy management by the school district as well as the numerous energy-efficient materials and systems utilized in the school, including a hybrid geothermal and variable refrigerant flow system. A geothermal water source heat pump HVAC system serves a majority of the building, however; the Administration area is served by a variable refrigerant flow system (VRF). This combination allows for minimal use during the summer. The HVAC system is also operated by Building Automation System (BAS) using Direct Digital Controls. These controls are programmed with schedules that are coordinated with the occupancy of the building.

The lighting is controlled using occupancy sensors and programmable relay panels. Occupancy sensors are installed in classrooms and offices while the programmable relay panels are installed in the larger areas including the Media Center and Gymnasium. The relays are scheduled on/off to operate based on the occupancy of the building.