A "net-zero" school that promises to produce as much energy as it consumes opened its doors for the first day of classes Wednesday after four years of planning and construction.
Architects hope to use it as a test case for future schools.
P.S. 62, at 644 Bloomingdale Rd. near the intersection of Woodrow Road, has solar panels, geo-thermal wells to heat and cool water and several other features that make it the first "net-zero" school in the city.
"It's a bit like the moonwalk," said Roger Duffy, an architect for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), which designed the building. "Nobody's really worked on a school like this in the country."