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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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