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Sustainable School Design : Alternative Technologies
Table of Contents
Background and Overview
P2 Opportunities
Alternative Technologies
Case Studies
Glossary of Terms
Key Contacts
Complete List of Links

Essential Links:

CHPS Best Practices Manual
CHPS has developed and maintains a six-volume technical best practices manual for high performance s...

Energy Solutions for Your Building
Resources include planning and financing, designing, constructing and renovating, choosing building ...

Environmental Design + Construction (ED+C)
Bi-monthly magazine covering the green building industry.

Midwest Buildings Technology Application Center (MBTAC)
This web site is a project of the Energy Center of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois at Chica...

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)
Created in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Faci...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
This site offers an introduciton to vehicle fuels, biomass, geothermal, hydrogen and fuel cells, sol...

Renewable Energy Fact Sheets
Fact sheets for kids in English and Spanish, as well as for adults, and lesson plans provide backgro...

UIUC LibGuide: Green/Sustainable Building
This reference guide includes links to both popular materials and more technical information. It is ...

USGBC Build Green Schools
Launched on October 16, 2007 by the U.S. Green Building Council, this site is filled with profiles o...

This section details best sustainable design components for schools that include lighting, acoustics, air quality, and well-being needs for students and school staff for a healthy and safe learning environment.

Sustainable equipment and technology is undergoing dramatic changes as designers begin to explore new options. This section of the topic hub will identify alternative technologies. The following are examples of some areas being addressed by sustainability supporters.

Area Structure or Equipment
Building Envelope Roofing
Exterior Construction
Acoustic Comfort
Safety Features
Chemical Safety Storage
Electrical Systems Lighting
Occupancy Sensors
Solar Panels/Arrays
Exit and Emergency Lighting
Vending Machines
Athletic Fields
Exterior Security Lights
HVAC and Mechanical Equipment Heating
Air Conditioning (Cooling and Moisture Control)
Fans and Ventilation
Air Volume
Solar Panels/Arrays
Hot Water
Geothermal Energy
Biomass Energy
Air Filters
Gas Lines and Distribution
Plumbing Fixtures
Flushless Urinals
Distribution (pipes) and Fixtures
Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Wells and Domestic Water Systems
Waste Water Management
Sensors and Flow Management
Green Cleaning Products and Equipment
Carpet and Flooring
Cafeteria and Kitchen
Break Rooms
Restroom Facilities and Locker Rooms
Window Treatments
Science Labs
Theater, Drama, and Art Facilities
Integrated Pest Management (Indoors)
Indoor Air Quality
Landscaping and Pest Management Turfgrass
Native Plants
Garden Areas
Permeable Parking Areas
Athletic Fields
Snow Management
Integrated Pest Management (Outdoors)

The above table indicates key areas of concern when designing sustainable schools. This is not necessarily an exhaustive, comprehensive overview, but an introduction. Members of the design team need to include those responsible for overseeing these areas. In order to develop a best practices facility management plan, custodians and groundskeepers, as well as community members and administrative staff should all be invlved. These features need to be used as teaching tools in an interdisciplinary process. Additionally OSHA regulations must always be addressed, but a sustainable design that incorporates a forward thinking approach should exceed current regulations.


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The Sustainable School Design Topic Hub™ was developed by:

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Hub Last Updated: 8/2/2012

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