With the experience that comes from being involved in the design of 90+ green schools, InnovativeDesign has learned many important lessons – none more important than the fact that green doesn’t always have to cost more. In fact, Innovative Design has been able to integrate many sustainable design strategies and still keep our projects 5% under budget. There are several overall design strategies that are responsible for this remarkable track record. Innovative Design has compiled a list of 50 green strategies that are cost-effective.
For Daylight Dividends, administered by the Lighting Research Center / Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
A well-integrated daylighting design has a greater positive impact on a school than any other sustainable design strategy. The Guide for Daylighting Schools was developed in 2004 by Innovative Design for the Daylight Dividends Program. The guideline is based upon practical experiences in designing and constructing over 40 daylit schools throughout the country.
The guide addresses the key design considerations typically confronted when designing K-12 schools from Orlando, Florida to Portland, Oregon.
ENERGY DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE SCHOOLS
Client: U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Lab
These climatically customized sustainable school design guidelines have been developed for seven regions throughout the country. They focus on practical sustainable design features that should be considered by school architects and engineers and are written in a language common to both designers and school staff involved in school planning. Extensive checklists are provided that easily identify the top sustainable features that should be evaluated. The guidelines have been thoroughly reviewed by teams of experts, knowledgeable about the various components of sustainable school design, and now serve as one of the best resources for sustainable school design in the country. The format of the document is structured around the following categories of design consideration: Site Design Daylighting and Windows Energy-Efficient Building Shell Lighting and Electrical Systems Mechanical and Ventilation Systems Renewable Energy Systems Water Conservation Recycling Systems and Waste Management Transportation Resource-Efficient Building Products Checklist of Key Design Issues Case Studies.