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Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
Type: Case Study - Database - Web site
Summary: This school is the home of Oberlin College's Environmental Studies Program. The schools and campus embrace the ecological philosophy by serving as a living laboratory "for the emerging field of ecological design". They offer live data on their energy perform...
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AE Stevenson High School, Illinois
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: A.E. Stevenson High School has been ranked as the top-ranked public high school in Illinois by Newsweek Magazine. To accommodate a projected enrollment of 4,500, the facility was expanded in September 2001 to include a new resource center, commons and a...
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Alliance to Save Energy
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Web site
Summary: The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world's energy supplies. Educator reso...
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Appleton School District
Type: Case Study
Summary: Three classrooms in the Richmond and Foster Elementary schools are lit using daylighting principles and serve as examples of what can be done with daylighting--at minimal ost. Teachers love the lighting in the new classrooms and the potential energy savings f...
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Ash Creek Intermediate School, Oregon
Type: Case Study
Summary: Energy efficiency is one of the building's many pluses. Through passive solar design and state-of-the-art daylighting and electronic controls, the school will use approximately 30 percent less energy than Oregon's energy code requires. Te design committee had...
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Ballston Spa High School, Ballston Spa, New York
Type: Case Study
Summary: Lighting systems for the high school cafeteria, library, and art rooms used indirect luminaires and a computerized energy management system that controlled lights on a schedule, while daylight allowed electric lights to be turned off. Evaluations and feedback...
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Building Types: Schools
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - List - Web site
Summary: Links and a list of resources are provided for creating energy efficient schools. Included are case studies, available software, and design briefs. Each of these provide additional tools and resources for the purpose of desiging more efficient schools.
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Burnaby Mountain Secondary School, Burnaby, British Columbia
Type: Case Study
Summary: Geothermal system saves energy and budget while enhancing fish habitat. Energy strategies include a heat pump, t-8 florescents, high efficiency boilers, heat recovery chillers as well as natural landscaping and life-cycle assessment strategies and analysis of...
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Cahuenga New Elementary School
Type: Case Study
Summary: The team of Los Angeles Unified School District and Fields Devereaux Architects and Engineers have joined to design a large urban elementary school for over 800 students. The high performance features incorporated into the design include stormwater controls;...
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Cary Junior High School provides a lesson in excellence
Type: Case Study
Summary: Cary Junior High School is a new facility located on a former farm field. The building incorporates grades 7 and 8, with the student population broken down into smaller, more intimate groupings. On the way to designing this school the building was oriented t...
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Cathedral High School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Cathedral High School in Massachusetts was designed and built in the 1950s with commercial light designs typical of the 1950s. Through time a variety of lighting technologies were installed. As the need for energy efficiency increased the schools began to ep...
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Central Junior High School in Belleville, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: Central Junior High School is a state-of-the-art facility that replaced the 1940s building. The site design includes many contemporary features among which is an educational park that combines elementary and junior high. Improved lighting.
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Cesar Chavez Education Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Oakland Unified School District and VBN Architects have partnered to design an energy efficient school for approximately 600 elementary students. Energy efficient goals will feature natural ventilation; maximum use of daylighting planned for classrooms; re...
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Chicago GreenTech
Type: Case Study - Web site
Summary: A model for the nation. Chicago Green Tech is only the third building in the United States to be designed using the highest standards of green technology available. It is the only one of the three that is a renovation of an existing building and the only one a...
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CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools)
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Fact sheet - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: CHPS (the Collaborative for High Performance Schools) provides case studies, training, publications and resources. While CHPS focuses on California schools, their fact sheets and school planning kits are proven valuable for everyone exploring redesign or retr...
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Clackamas High School, Oregon
Type: Case Study
Summary: Clackamas High School was selected by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to serve as a national model for performance-based compensation and exceptional energy performance. They preserved a 6-acre wetlands,parking was designed for shared use with adjacent bui...
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Classroom Lighting Knowhow
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Suggestions for designing rooms and lighting to optimize learning. General classroom and computer room layouts, as well as corridor layouts and lighting fixture specifications are provided.
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Dalles Middle School, The Dalles, Oregon
Summary: Ground-source heat pumps, daylighting, T-5 fluorescent lamps, occupancy sensors, natural ventilation, and more contribute to this school applying to become a LEED school.
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Daylight Savings
Type: Article/Report
Summary: How was Waltham High school preserved at a time when schools were being demolished to make way for "high-performance, energy efficient schools?"
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Daylighting and Productivity Report
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: In October 2003, the Heschong Mahone Group completed a suite of major human performance studies on behalf of the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. These included: a study of how skylighting effects the sales at a se...
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Daylighting in Schools
Type: Article/Report - Research
Summary: Coldham Architects conducted an extenside design study to determine the most cost effective daylighting design study to determine the most cost effective daylighting strategies for school classrooms. The report provides reasons, design strategy, and results.
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Daylighting in Schools
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Daylighting study of scholls in New Hampshire.
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Daylit Schools
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: Results of several case studies shows the relationship of daylighting to student performance and energy efficiency.
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DesignLights
Summary: The DesignLights Consortium is a collaboration of community-based and regional public service utility companies and organizations in the Northeast committed to raising awareness of the benefits of efficient lighting. Their mission "is to help buildiners, arch...
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Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes?
Type: Article/Report
Summary: From acoustics to temperature to air quality, this report addresses conditions of school facilities and how they affect academic objectives. A comprehensive, and linkable, list of resources follows the end of this 24-page pdf.
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Efficient Windows Collaborative Glossary
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary
Summary: This glossary of window terms is mostly non-technical.
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El Segundo High School
Type: Case Study
Summary: El Segundo High School is an urban school in the Los Angeles area. The design of the new school will incorporate recycled building material, low-emitting materials and outdoor water conservation as well as energy efficient design.
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Energy Savers: A consumer guide to energy efficiency Glossary
Type: Glossary
Summary: This is a glossary of vocabulary frequently used when planning and discussing energy efficient resources.
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Energy Star for K-12 School Districts
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program(EPA and DOE) helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR provides tools and guidelines for energy management appropriate for school administrators; it pro...
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Energy-Efficient Lighting
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: The various types of lighting: incandescent, tungsten halogen, reflector lamps, fluorescent, cfl, and more are all briefly but clearly described in terms of benefits. This 8-page report helps administrators (as well as home owners) understand lighting enough...
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Fairview South Elementary School, Skokie, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: Bringing natural light inside this school was a primary goal. In addition to modernizing educational space and update its image, the designing team from OWP/P Architects sought cost-effective solutions to renovating the existing school and build an addition.
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Georgina Blach Intermediate School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Gelfand RNP Architects and the Los Altos School District designed an intermediate school that exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%. It features School exceeds Title 24 requirements by at least 15%; resource efficient materials; adaptive reuse of exist...
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Getting Brighter at Dena Boer Elementary School: Daylighting an entire school -- within a standard construction budget
Type: Case Study
Summary: As part of PG&E's daylighting initiative, the Dena Boer Elementary School in Salida, California, is building daylit schools. Design concepts will incorporate deep overhangs, prismatic skylights (that provide balanced high-quality light) and skylight venting f...
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Giaudrone Middle School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Giaudrone Middle School was built on an existing school site. The design optimizes natural daylighting, demolition recycled much of the previous building and asphalt, and biofiltration swales and treatments improved water quality while reducing off-site storm...
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Glenbrook North High School Natatorium and Cafeteria Additions Northbrook, Illinios
Type: Case Study
Summary: The additions and remodeling at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois, were driven by the need for a proper competition pool and the need for increased capacity in the cafeteria. While addressing the requirements of the more stringent codes and...
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Goddard School, Northborough, Massachusetts
Type: Case Study
Summary: Goddard School is a franchise daycare and early childhoold institution. The original lighting called for 2 x 4 foot ceiling lights with 4 T-8 lamps. Glare and uneven lighting was a concern. The school states its aim is to provide a "warm, loving atmosphere...
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Green School Gathers for Takeoff
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: When architects speak of "green" buildings these days, they seldom mean it literally. But for the elementary/ middle school in Lake Zurich, Illinois, Legat Architects, Inc. have justified both environmental and chromatic interpretations of the word.
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Harold G. Fearn Elementary, N. Aurora, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: Daylight fills spaces in this 600-student elementary school thanks to innovative visions of designers. The school is able to operate with a reduced electrical lighting loal. Special glazing also supports passive security system.
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Harvard Elementary, Harvard, Massachusetts
Type: Case Study
Summary: Out-of-date lighting systems contributed to gloomy atmospheres on winter afternoons. Lighting levels were below recommended practices and glare issues prevailed. Mixes of lighting types and designs, color combinations and energy efficient lights contributed...
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High Performance School Buildings Information and Training Center
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: This site offers basic information to anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of high-performance school design. Includes take-home presentations and other resources.High-Performance School Buildings: WHAT THEY ARE...WHY THEY'RE VALUABLE...AND HOW YOU...
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Highland Middle School, Highland, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: In addition to designing a school that was operationally more efficient and manages educational needs more successfully, the school also requested that the lighting improve allowing for a better learning environment. They included in the goals efficient opera...
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Hudson Valley Community College
Type: Case Study
Summary: This is a study of a lighting scheme for computer classrooms with different arrangements of computers. Lighting changes enabled instructors to minimize reflections and adjust according to visual needs. This flexibility also allowed decreased in energy use.Th...
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IESNA, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
Type: Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: IESNA us a technical authority on illumination. IESNA is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the improvement of the lighted environment. THey provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. They also provide educational opportunities and...
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James Hart Middle School Addition, Homewood, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: In an effort to reflect the desire of the school district to reshape the way it delivers education, there was concern about the varied ways in which children learn. While adjusting the flow and movement of students and teaching techniques, the designers adopt...
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Lighting Upgrades: A Guide for Facility Managers, 2nd edition
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: This is a review of Damon Wood's book Lighting Upgrades; A Guide for Facility Managers.
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Lowdown on Mercury in Fluorescent Lamps (The)
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses how to tell if a lamp is “low-mercury,” the amount of mercury in a typical fluorescent lamp, EPA’s Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), a comparison of TCLP compliant and non-TCLP lamps, and information on...
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Maplewood K-8 Co-op and Maplewood Center, Edmonds, Washington
Type: Case Study
Summary: Multiple sustainable elements were integrated into the design of the project from the very beginning. The result is a high performance building and site that blends into the context of the single-family neighborhood. Design features, such as multiple gabled ro...
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McKim Middle School, Kimbely, British Columbia
Summary: McKim Middle School's integrated design delivered a long-term energy reduction of 50 percent below the MNECB (Canada's national energy code) while maintaining first-cost controls.Green designs incorporated energy reductions, smaller footprints reduced impervio...
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Menu of ENERGY STAR Offerings for K-12 Education
Type: Checklist - List - Web site
Summary: Based upon your specific topic of interest (benchmarking and tracking, building upgrades, financing, purchasing, outreach, training, etc) this chart guides administrators through the selection and planning process for energy improvements.The tools they offer f...
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Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Type: Web site
Summary: Program information includes Energy Star, Midwest Building Solutions, Illinois Lighting, Illinois Residential Market Analysis and Building Operator Certification.
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Newport Coast Elementary School, Newport Beach, Showcase Project for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
Type: Case Study
Summary: The newest school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has adopted design concepts for energy efficiency and sustainability while serving as an educational vehicle for incorporation of energy-conservation features into designs. The design team, working...
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Ridgeview Elementary School, Peoria, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: Phillips Swager Associates worked with the design committee from Ridgeview Elementary School to create an "advanced facility for educating our next generation." Green principles incorporated in this process included combinations of glass and translucent panel...
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Saint Catherine of Genoa School, Somerville, MA
Type: Case Study
Summary: Energy efficiency and light levels were concerns at this school built in 1927 and rebuilt in the 1940s. No major lighting renovations have been provided since the the 1940s. Original schoolhouse pendant fixtures remained in classrooms, offices and halls. Th...
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San Pasqual Elementary
Type: Case Study
Summary: San Diego Unified School District worked with HMC Architects to design an elementary school with windows that take advantage of daylight and valley breezes thus reducing reliance on mechanical cooling. In the landscape design drought tolerant landscaping capt...
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School Districts Use Performance Contracts to Reduce Energy Costs and Upgrade Facilities
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Small school districts in Idaho are financing capital improvements through energy performance contracts. By paying for improvements through future utility savings, these schools are improving learning environments without breaking their budgets. Several small...
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School Operations and Maintenance: Best Practices for Controlling Energy Costs
Type: Case Study - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Prepared by Princeton Energy Resource International, HPowell Energy Associates and the Alliance to Save Energy, this guidebook is designed for K-12 school system business officials and facilities managers. It is designed to meet the specific needs of school...
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Seacrest Upper School
Type: Case Study
Summary: Seacrest Upper School in Naples Florida has been designed to emphasize natural lighting and implement water conservation technology with rainwater harvesting and water efficient plumbing. The building will be constructed in multiple phases with phase one begin...
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See It, Believe It, Build It -- With Confidence
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Marin Country Day School (a private k-8 school in Corte Madena, California) addressed poor lighting conditions. Working through the PG&E's daylighting initiative, the school and project architects developed a series of design options with clerestories or...
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Selecting Energy Efficient Windows in Illinois
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This 4-page fact sheet provides informnation on benefits, properties, energy comparisions and consumer information. Visit http://www.efficientwindows.org/factsheets.cfm instead of the Illinois site to obtain fact sheets for other states.
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Southeast Learning Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: Los Angeles Unified School District worked with the WLC architecture firm to embrace some neighborhood friendly concepts as well as energy efficient objectives. The district has provided bike lanes and racks,utilizes public transit but is within walking dista...
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Student Performance of Daylit Schools
Type: Article/Report
Summary: The conclusions of a research project on the impacts of full-spectrum light on student performance and health prompted Innovative Design to investigate the performance of students attending three daylit schools that were designed by Innovative Design. The 1992...
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Taking School Design to Students
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects
Summary: What happens when the design process focuses on the students and their perspective?
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Top-Ranked Schools Give Performance Contract Top Marks:Glenbrook High Schools
Type: Article/Report - Case Study
Summary: Phase I of the contract addressed the Glenbrook North Campus needs, while Phase II addressed the Glenbrook South campus requirements. Specific measures included a centralized, campus-wide building automation system (bas), retrofitting of numerous lighting fixt...
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Truckee Middle School
Type: Case Study
Summary: School exceeds Title 24 (2001) by 20%; geothermal ground source heat pump system to heat and cool building, central boiler; low VOC materials and finishes; materials with high recycled content (steel frame, fly ash content concrete, etc.); dedicated recycling...
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US Green Building Council
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: US Green Building Council is a coalition of building industry leaders who are working to promote environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy buildings for working in and for living is, as well as for learning. They provide workshops and training, reso...
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Washington Intermediate School, Pekin, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: What can you do with an historical school building when you don't want to or can't afford to rebuild? Washington Intermediate School in Pekin, Illinois and Phillips Swager Associates addressed this concern together. Through careful coordination between all p...
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Whole Building Design Guide
Type: Case Study - Database - List - Web site
Summary: WBDG attempts to help create successful high-performance buildings. They apply integrated design approaches to the project during the planning and programming phases. They address HVAC system design and life-cycle performances as well as evaluating and selec...
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Wilson Intermediate School, Pekin, Illinois
Type: Case Study
Summary: Phillips Swager Associates and the Wilson Intermediate School considered the school's team-oriented approach to education when making site plans and designs for the schools. Energy efficiency principles that evolved form the process include control of glare w...
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