LUMBER BRIDGE, N.C. — The 75,391-sq.ft. Sandy Grove Middle School is the nation’s first net positive leased school — meaning that it returns more energy to the grid than it consumes. Tracking LEED Platinum Certification using the LEED 2009 for Schools Model, the Hoke County school system expects the project to save the county $35 million over the next 40 years, including $16 million in energy costs alone, and it is the first government building whose construction was ...

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