America’s schools were the earliest adopters of high performance building concepts. The value of high performance schools is well established, according to Deane Evans, executive director of the Center for Architecture and Building Science Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Professor Evans lists seven key benefits that high performance schools typically deliver:

  • Better student performance
  • Increased average daily attendance
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Reduced liability exposure
  • Positive influence on the environment
  • Ability to use the facility as a teaching tool

More information is available through the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, through the U.S. Green Building Council’s website for Green School Buildings and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).