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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