TX-CHPS Criteria
(2009 Edition)

Now available for download


Rhode Island High Performance Schools and You: A Workshop for Contractors, Architects & Engineers
April 14, 2009

Intro to CHPS Verified Webinar
April 15, 2009 11AM PDT Register>>

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Celebrate National Healthy Schools Day with CHPS
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New CHPS Rating Systems Available for Texas and California
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New Members

A Green Circle, Inc
American Commissioning Group
Baker Vilar Architects
Lytton Consultants
MAS (Materials Analytic Services)
Pfluger Associates
Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, Inc

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March 2009

Texas CHPS Criteria and California CHPS Criteria Now Available for Use

March 19, 2009 (San Francisco, CA) The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) has released the new Texas CHPS (TX-CHPS) Criteria and the 2009 Edition of the California CHPS (CA-CHPS) Criteria for use. The two assessment tools create state-specific benchmark systems for the design and construction of high performance school buildings that are efficient, comfortable, environmentally responsible and healthy spaces for learning.

"The CHPS Board of Directors is excited to offer Texas and California much-needed local solutions for building high performance schools in the nation's largest school construction markets," said Chip Fox, chair of the CHPS Board of Directors, and New Construction Manager at Sempra Utilities. "Texas CHPS and California CHPS will help schools and districts invest wisely to provide green, healthy spaces of learning for schoolchildren."

For the past year, advisory committees based in Texas and California, representing a broad range of school construction and operation stakeholders, developed TX-CHPS and CA-CHPS. The rating systems apply not only to the design and construction of new schools, but also to major modernizations and additions to existing school campuses. Schools that pursue certification through CHPS will be supported by the CHPS organization throughout the design, construction and operation process. Read more about each of the rating systems in today's press release.
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More News from CHPS

Colorado CHPS Public Review Ends March 30, 2009
The public review period for the Colorado CHPS Criteria will end on Monday, March 30, 2009, C.O.B PDT. Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments before the deadline. CO-CHPS is a high performance building standard created by Colorado stakeholders, for Colorado. For the past year, the Colorado CHPS Advisory Committee has been developing the Colorado CHPS Criteria for use in Colorado's schools.

The public review of the Criteria began on Monday, February 9, 2009 and lasts for 45 days, closing March 30. If substantive changes are made as a result of the public comments, a second review will follow. Download the CO-CHPS Criteria today and submit your comments.
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California Legislative Update: Support the Clean and Healthy Schools Act
Green school groups for healthier schools bring forward green cleaning bill
A new bill in California (the Clean and Healthy Schools Act- AB821) will require all K-12 schools with 50 or more students to switch to safer “environmentally preferable” cleaning products in order to reduce exposures to toxic chemicals among students, teachers and custodians, if switching will have no net cost increase. “Environmentally preferable” cleaning products are defined as those that are independently certified by a third-party as meeting a set of thirteen criteria for lesser or reduced effects on human health and the environment. Products certified by Green Seal or EcoLogo would qualify. The bill also makes findings recognizing the negative effects of cleaning chemicals on indoor air quality, children’s health and learning. Using green cleaners is an easy, affordable way for schools to improve indoor air quality, reduce absenteeism, safeguard health, and improve the learning environment.

Supporters thus far include: Coalition for Clean Air, Environmental Working Group (sponsor), Green Purchasing Institute, Green Schools Initiative (sponsor), and Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Initiative (sponsor).
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Free US DOE Webinar: Implementing Recommendations from the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K–12 School Buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its EnergySmart Schools initiative, is hosting a free, live webcast on Thursday, April 16, Implementing Recommendations from the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K–12 School Buildings. Presenters Paul Torcellini and Shanti Pless of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will present a comprehensive overview of the Guide, which provides recommendations based on climate zones to achieve 30% energy savings over baseline standard in both new and renovation school building projects. Webcast participants who are also members of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) are eligible to receive 2.0 AIA/CES Learning Units (HSW/SD) for successful completion of the training.
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