Why Building Green Schools Makes Sense

Cohen, Jo
March 2005
Principal;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p70
The article focuses on the benefits of building green schools. When architects and engineers design a high performance school, they focus on good acoustics, lighting, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality, while reducing energy consumption. They also make sure that the building conserves water and is built with renewable or recycled materials. Many of these strategies can be applied to major renovation projects as well. There currently are a number of guidelines on how to build a new green building or renovate an existing one. The most commonly referenced guide is the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program created by the U.S. Green Building Council.


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