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Polo Ridge Elementary
11830 Tom Short Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
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Polo Ridge Elementary opened in the fall of 2007 as a single-floor facility with 79,278 square feet. It has seven roof-top air conditioning units, two condensing boilers, and variable air volume (VAV) terminal units in most of the building. Two roof-top units are constant volume.


The facility was designed to meet energy codes. Classroom wings are oriented on a north-south axis to take advantage of daylight. Three windows per classroom also maximize use of daylight, and fixed transoms further enhance it. Fluorescent fixtures were used throughout the facility, except the multipurpose and cafeteria areas. The lighting is T-8 bulbs with dual switching between inboard and outboard bulbs.


Energy use has been reduced 4.8 percent since the school's first year of operation. We have made small adjustments in operational hours as we became more familiar with the building. We have also talked with students about how to conserve energy without hurting the functioning of the school. The winter of 2009-2010 was unusually cold, so we are hoping to see even more energy reductions during more typical winters.


We continue to strive to raise energy consumption awareness and to use that awareness to reduce energy consumption.





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education

Property Manager:*
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2010 (83)
2011 (78)
2013 (78)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 80969.8 sf

Year Constructed: 2007

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used: