Best K-12 School

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, a LEED Gold school in Irving, Texas, is the first net-zero energy school in the state of Texas. At 152,250 square feet, the campus is the largest net-zero educational facility in the country. This facility incorporates energy reducing systems with goals to reduce energy consumption over 50 percent from the traditional school model through the use of geothermal HVAC, passive solar interior daylighting, an efficient building envelope, high efficiency kitchen and advanced controls systems monitoring. The energy reductions within the facility are offset by the energy produced through solar and wind energies provided on the site and building roof. Solar panels provide the majority of the energy needs for the building and are designed so that over the course of a year, the energy produced equals the energy consumed, netting zero. This building is designed as a teaching tool and resource for all of Irving ISD and is integrated into the science, math and social studies curriculum. Holistic energy monitoring live display, interactive learning museum display in main corridor, solar array observation deck are just some of features incorporated for teaching purposes. Lady Bird Johnson Middle School has hosted educators, administrators, engineers, public officials, architects and facility planners from countries around the world. Recent guests include engineers from Japan and a regional member of parliament and a Cologne University professor from Germany.