Michael Mathers

Hood River Middle School Music + Science Building

Operating since 2010, the Hood River Middle School’s Music and Science Building annually produces more energy than it uses. In May 2014, it was the first public school facility in the nation to be certified as a Net Zero Energy Building by the International Living Future Institute. 

Hood River, Oregon

Opsis Architecture

Building Size:

12,000 sf

Project Cost:

$2.72 million


Net-Zero Energy Certified, LEED Platinum


  • COTE Top Ten Award, AIA National Committee on the Environment, 2012
  • 2030 Challenge Design Award: As Built, Architecture 2030, 2010


The Path to Net-Zero, Net-Zero Energy: Three Years and Running, Buildings that Make the Grade

The Hood River School District invested $25 million to increase energy efficiency, add classrooms, and upgrade school buildings across the district. The Middle School’s Science and Music building presented the perfect opportunity to showcase the District’s commitment to sustainability. Through the integration of highly efficient technology and innovative design practices, the building has marked its fourth year of actually exceeding net zero energy, producing about two percent more than it uses.

Michael Mathers
Michael Mathers