Four Winds Alternative and CTE High School is the first net zero school on tribal land in the country. A net zero school is an energy efficient building that produces more energy than it consumes every year.
The new Four Winds Alternative and CTE High School will include classrooms, lab space for six teachers, bathrooms, storage areas and offices. It will be located adjacent to the Four Winds Community School on the Spirit Lake Reservation.
There are several features of the building that contribute to attaining net zero status. These features include: photovoltaic (solar) panels, a ground-source geothermal heating and cooling system, high-efficiency water-to-air heat pumps, energy recovery system for free heating and cooling, variable-speed fans and pumps to minimize excess energy use, occupancy sensors for demand-based lighting, LED lighting, solar tubes for free lighting, specially insulated walls and roof, and triple pane windows.