May 14, 2019
Design-build firm Wight & Company has completed the Prairie Activity and Recreation Center (PARC) for the Plainfield Park District in southwest suburban Plainfield, IL. Designed as a net zero facility, PARC is believed to be the first building of its kind to achieve the Passive House Institute US PHIUS+ Source Zero certification.
As built, the PARC is 65% more efficient than a conventional commercial building of the same size in a similar climate, says Wight. To achieve Source Zero certification, the building will use a 28,600-square-foot array of solar panels to generate energy.
The Plainfield Park District secured a $1-million grant through the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation’s Net Zero Energy Building Program, which will offset the additional expenses associated with the requirements of net zero status. In addition to its net zero design, PARC includes sustainability features such as LED site lighting and rain gardens with native landscaping.
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