Tools & Resources

High Performance School Q & A
High level answers to common questions regarding high performance schools.

Report Card for a High Performance School 
Report to your community how your school is doing regarding high performance building attributes.

BetterBricks Integrated Design Lab Network
The lab network serves as a technical resource of credible and unbiased information and education to facilitate energy efficient design to achieve high performance buildings.

Integrated Design Process for Schools 
Overall guidance, checklist, and key terms for using the integrated design process to achieve a high performance school.

High Performance Facility Design Charrette
How-to-guide on organizing and running a design charrette. Helps define what it is, when it should occur, who should participate, role of the owner, and desired outcomes.

Other Recommended Resources:

  • Washington High Performance Schools Building Program & Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP): The High Performance Public Building Act was signed into law in 2005. For school buildings, the goal of this law is to build high performance schools that will improve student achievement and occupant comfort, reduce costs, and preserve environmental resources. Click here to see the guidelines.
  • EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools Program: Information about indoor air quality, environmental health in schools, school design and more tailored just for school and district officials.
  • EPA's IAQ Design Tools for Schools Program: This site provides an overview of integrated design, as well as the preliminary design phases, selecting the architectural and engineering team, references and additional sources of information.
  • National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities: Resource lists are compilations on High Performance Schools, Planning, Design, Healthy Schools and more. Each resource list includes descriptions of books, studies, reports and journal articles as well as links to online publications and websites. Resources are deep and somewhat technical (program analyses and reports, annual reports, case studies and more), but helpful for administrators who want to dig deeper.
  • Smart Design article from District Administration Magazine:Two schools prove that style, energy savings and innovative layouts can all be present in your next school building.
  • Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS): This site can help school districts and their design teams bring better performance into the classroom. CHPS offers best practices manuals, scorecards, templates for district-wide resolutions and more.
  • Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide: Core Performance is a source on how to deliver best-in-class energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in high-performance commercial buildings for climate differentiated regions and for every type of building including offices, schools, retail stores, supermarkets and public facilities. It provides a simplified design approach for the 95 percent of buildings that are smaller than 50,000 square feet to achieve energy efficiencies 20 to 30 percent better than code without a computer based energy model.

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