Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Upgrading School Facilities: Rebuilding the Nation's Schools for High Performance

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Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. %IDescribe the size, scope and “green” priorities of he current K-12 schools modernization market
  2. %IDiscuss how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will impact this market and how it incorporates “green “ objectives
  3. %IExplain why demand is rising for green school upgrades
  4. %IDescribe the key performance characteristics of green, high performance schools
  5. %IDiscuss how 9 specific technologies can be used to improve the performance and sustainability of K-12 schools


Modernizing K-12 school facilities is a multi-billion dollar market in the US. Demand for school additions and modernizations continues to far outstrip available resources and, significantly, demand for "green" renovations is growing. Architects will play a key role in using the modernization process to "upgrade" existing facilities into green, high-performance schools. %PThis course provides an overview of the current school modernization market and its green priorities. It also discusses how the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) could impact funding for school modernizations. The course then reviews how advanced technologies and assemblies can be used to upgrade school performance in three key areas: daylighting and views; indoor environmental quality; and durability and safety. %PBuilding above designed by Pazdan-Smith Group Architects, Greenville, SC Photo courtesy of Pazdan-Smith Group Architects