Improving School Environments by Design

Incorporating some of the best design principles means selecting the best products and systems currently available
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Sponsored by Inpro, NanaWall Systems, and SOPREMA, Inc.
By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP


The design of schools requires both a sensitivity to research-driven design concepts and an understanding of the practical details related to the performance of products and systems. Operable glass walls have been shown to provide innovative, flexible spaces while still meeting needs for acoustical privacy and light. Sunlight provided in schools for daylight and well-being can be controlled through the use of cordless shades. Privacy and health concerns in showers can be addressed with innovative solid-surface materials and ready-made shower enclosures. Roof design requires safety as much as anything else and can be achieved through the selection of the most appropriate membrane and system to suit a particular project. Accessibility in schools comes about by paying attention to details and options provided by manufacturers. Approaches such as these allow architects to employ the best use of materials and systems to achieve the intended design and performance outcomes.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a nationally known architect, consultant, continuing education presenter, and prolific author of more than 210 continuing education courses.,


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Improving School Environments by Design
Buyer's Guide
Solarity® Solar Shades
Traditional blinds are all or nothing: If you want to block the sun’s heat or glare, you have to block your view as well. Inpro Solarity® Solar Shades bring balance to this struggle. They preserve the view while cutting glare and heat gain, with our energy modeling showing an annual savings of up to 9 percent in energy costs.
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