Building Next-Generation Schools

School districts are increasingly committed to energy efficiency

In the last 10 – 15 years, school dis­tricts have become increas­ing­ly com­mit­ted to mak­ing ener­gy con­ser­va­tion and effi­cien­cy – and the size­able and sus­tained cost sav­ings that accom­pa­ny ener­gy-effi­cient con­struc­tion – a high­er pri­or­i­ty than ever before. Archi­tects, engi­neers and con­struc­tion firms that con­cen­trate on school facil­i­ties have been striv­ing to raise the bar for ener­gy effi­cien­cy ever since.

Today, there is a new build­ing boom of school con­struc­tion, espe­cial­ly across the Sun Belt area of the U.S. where pop­u­la­tions are explod­ing at a record pace. School dis­trict admin­is­tra­tors know that the choic­es they make today regard­ing the design and con­struc­tion of a school will have a long-term eco­nom­ic and envi­ron­men­tal impact that could eas­i­ly last 30, 40 or 50 years. That’s why ener­gy effi­cien­cy is often among the top cri­te­ria of plan­ning for a new school.

Before mov­ing for­ward with the design and con­struc­tion of this next wave of school build­ings, archi­tects, builders and school dis­trict admin­is­tra­tors should recon­sid­er which mate­ri­als will be most effec­tive in con­struct­ing ener­gy-effi­cient, high-per­for­mance schools. They should com­pare tra­di­tion­al build­ing mate­ri­als with more inte­grat­ed build­ing prod­ucts and sys­tems that can meet, and even exceed the demands of new codes, while reduc­ing the cost and com­plex­i­ty of con­struc­tion.

Under­stand­ing these options is crit­i­cal to ensur­ing that school dis­trict admin­is­tra­tors can make informed deci­sions that will impact their respec­tive com­mu­ni­ties for the bet­ter part of this cen­tu­ry.

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