Healthy, High Performance Schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts is a regional pioneer and national leader in healthy, high performance schools with more completed CHPS Verified and CHPS Verified Leader projects than any other state in the nation. The state is home to a total of over 50 completed CHPS projects (see list).
The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has established several sustainable green programs for all MSBA-funded projects, with an increased emphasis on reducing energy and water consumption. These programs include updated standards for new and major renovation/addition projects as well as improved sustainable requirements for repair projects. The MSBA also requires and pays for the entire cost of building commissioning for all MSBA-funded projects to ensure that these buildings operate efficiently and as designed.
Effective July 29, 2015, CHPS has been reinstated as an option for projects as follows:
Recognition Programs Available in Massachusetts
Incentives and Rebates
- Using the NE-CHPS Criteria Version 3.0, achieve a minimum of CHPS Verified recognition – 110 points for new construction or 85 points for addition/renovation for no additional reimbursement.
The MSBA provides an additional financial incentive of 2% of eligible project costs for new and major renovation/addition projects as an option that achieve the following:
- Using the NE-CHPS Criteria Version 3.0, achieve a minimum of CHPS Verified recognition (110 points for new construction or 85 points for addition / renovation), including a minimum of 9 points in Energy Efficiency Credit EE 1.1.
In addition, DSIRE maintains a comprehensive database of incentives for Massachusetts, many of which can be applied to schools.
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