Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings

Part 1: Cover Page through Chapter 2
Part 2: Chapter 3
Part 3: Chapter 4
Part 4: Chapter 5
Part 5: Appendices

Developed by:
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
The American Institute of Architects
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
U.S. Green Building Council
U.S. Department of Energy

The Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings can help you use ANSI/IESNA/ASHRAE Standard 90.1-1999, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings as a benchmark to build new schools that are 30% more energy efficient than current industry standards. This saves energy and, perhaps more importantly, helps you enhance your school’s educational mission.

National Best Practices Manual for Building High Performance Schools

Part 1: Cover Page through Energy-Efficient Building Shell
Part 2: Lighting and Electrical Systems through Renewable Energy Systems
Part 3: Water Conservation through Commissioning and Maintenance

Developed by:
Department of Energy
Eley Associates and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools, available for seven climate zones across the United States, was developed for school boards, administrators, and design staff to help make informed design decisions about energy and environmental issues important to school systems and communities.

Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools

Developed by:
Department of Energy
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

School districts around the country are finding that smart energy choices can help them save money and provide healthier, more effective learning environments. By incorporating energy improvements into their construction or renovation plans, schools can significantly reduce energy consumption and costs. These savings can then be redirected to educational needs such as additional teachers, instructional materials, or new computers.

EnergySmart Schools

Developed by:
Department of Energy

EnergySmart Schools recognizes that there is a tremendous opportunity to save energy and dollars in our nation’s K-12 schools. Schools that invest in energy efficiency improvements reduce their energy costs by 25 to 30 percent on average – enough, for example, to hire 38,000 new teachers nationwide. The dollars that schools save on energy could be redirected to address other pressing needs.

Greening America’s Schools - costs and benefits

Developed by:
Gregory Kats

"This carefully documented study conclusively demonstrates the financial, environmental, and other benefits of using green technologies in schools. In fact, failure to invest in green technologies is not financially responsible for school systems; the study uses conservative accounting practices to show that investments in green technologies significantly reduce the life-cycle cost of operating school buildings..."