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A post-occupancy evaluation of a green rated and conventional on-campus residence hall

Green buildings increasingly attract attention in the real estate sector, and the United States is no exception. Studies indicate that green rated buildings may bring higher rents and sales prices. One reason for this inequity is that the indoor environment of these buildings may outperform conventional buildings. The main objective of this paper is to conduct a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) to compare the indoor environment in a LEED certified, on-campus residence hall with a similar, non-green rated residence hall. Results are evaluated to determine if green buildings really outperform. The results suggest that the green rated building outperformed the conventional building in the majority of the indoor environmental aspects, but not all. These results can inform a cost-benefit analysis of green features for new construction and refurbishments. Read More

Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 1; Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability in the Hot and Humid Climate

This Building America Best Practices guide book is a resource to help builders large and small build high-quality, energy-efficient homes that achieve 30% energy savings in space conditioning and water heating in the hot and humid climate. The savings are in comparison with the 1993 Model Energy Code. The guide contains chapters for every member of the builder’s team. There is also a chapter for homeowners on how to use the book to provide help in selecting a new home or builder. Read More

High Performance Schools

According to the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), “Nearly 6.2 million children, teachers, and administrators—1/5 of California’s population—spend their day inside a school.” With such a large portion of the population spending so much time inside schools, both the design and the construction of high performance schools are gaining popularity. Read More

greenschools: Resources

Downloadable resources, videos, blogs, teacher resources, etc. on the topics of healthy schools, students, buildings, and much more Read More

Collaborative for High Performance Schools, Best Practices Manual, Volume IV: Maintenance and Operations, 2004

Maintenance and Operations of High Performance Schools presents high performance guidelines for the maintenance and operation of schools. Information in this volume will help ensure that high performance school buildings continue to operate as their designers intended, providing optimal health, efficiency, and sustainability. Read More

Daylighting In Schools: Reanalysis Report

This study expands and validates previous research by Heschong Mahone Group that found a statistical correlation between the amount of daylight in elementary school classrooms and the performance of students on standardized math and reading tests. Read More

Schoolyard Habitats

Today’s children are the first generation to grow up plugged into electronic media and isolated from nature. In fact, it has become the new norm in our lives and the lives of our kids. As a healthy counterbalance to this growing trend, the National Wildlife Federation addresses this new reality through a national initiative called Be Out Thereâ„¢. The Be Out There campaign provides practical tools for millions of parents, educators, and caregivers to make outdoor time a part of their daily activities. Read More

Eco-Schools USA

Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum. Read More

LEED for Schools

The LEED for Schools Rating System recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools. Based on LEED for New Construction, it addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention, and environmental site assessment. By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children’s health issues, LEED for Schools provides a unique, comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green and achieve measurable results. LEED for Schools is the recognized third-party benchmark for high-performance schools that are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective for budgets. Read More

Evaporative Cooling Guidelines Manual for New Mexico Schools and Commercial Buildings

This Field Guide is intended as a tool and reference manual which can help facility owners to train their maintenance personnel on how to keep evaporative cooling units and their piping and duct systems running effectively, efficiently and safely. Read More

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