TX-CHPS Criteria
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ASBO International 94th Annual Meeting & Exhibits 2008
November 7-10, 2008
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December 10-12, 2008
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November 2008

Texas CHPS Criteria Public Review Closes November 21, 2008

State is the Tenth State to Adapt the CHPS Criteria
CHPS has released a new assessment tool for green schools in Texas available for public review. The tool, called the Texas CHPS Criteria (TX-CHPS), creates a benchmark for the design and construction of Texas high performance school buildings that are efficient, comfortable, environmentally responsible and healthy spaces. Stakeholders are invited to participate in the public review of the assessment tool, which opened on October 14, 2008 and will close on November 21, 2008.

For the past several months, a Texas-based advisory committee, representing a broad range of school construction and operation stakeholders, developed TX-CHPS. The committee utilized the work of other states in the CHPS program to adapt the CHPS Criteria to the unique codes and regulations, climates, constraints, and local priorities of the state. The committee was also charged to ensure that the spirit and stringency of CHPS was upheld in TX-CHPS.

“TX-CHPS is a very unique K-12 high-performance design criteria in the fact that it was developed by Texans for Texas schools,” said Rick Blan, AIA, a principal at PBK Architects, who served on the Texas CHPS Advisory Committee. “This was truly a Texas effort to provide school districts with design and cost options when it comes to building high performance, sustainable schools”.
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More News from CHPS

Public Review of High Performance Relocatable Classroom Criteria and Scorecard Set to Begin
The first draft of the new High Performance Relocatable Criteria and Scorecard, in addition to the revised Best Practices Volume 6, is due to be released for 15-day public review on Thursday, November 2oth, 2008. The public review period will end Friday, December 5th, 2008.

December Stakeholders Meeting Set: In addition, CHPS will be hosting a second stakeholder meeting, via webinar, to discuss these new tools and solicit feedback. School districts, manufacturers, design professionals, and relevant government and utility representatives are encouraged to sign up for this event. In order to maximize the effectiveness of the webinar, there will be a maximum of 20 participants per event.

There two sessions available now for sign-up: Monday, December 1st, 2008 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PST, and Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM PST.
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Lake Tahoe Unified School District Passes CHPS District Resolution

Lake Tahoe Unified School District has joined over thirty other school districts that have passed resolutions requiring that all new construction and major modernization projects meet the CHPS Criteria. With the final elections results still to come in, it looks like Lake Tahoe's residents have also approved a $65 million school bond at the November 4th election. Projects covered under the bond would be required to meet the CHPS Criteria, including improvements at three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. Improvements would also be made to the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School, or 'Green Academy'.

Superintendent Dr. James Tarwater said that the decision to commit to high performance schools was a motivated by the ecological importance and vulnerability of the area. “The fact that the Lake Tahoe Unified School District lies within the Tahoe Basin magnifies our need to be very environmentally-conscious in protecting our natural resources. Through the Collaborative for High Performance Schools program, we are modeling, for our students as well as parents, the need to look at sustainable facilities that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly."

Dr. Tarwater continued, “The community of South Lake Tahoe is energized to meet the challenge to ensure that the fragile ecosystem of the Tahoe Basin is preserved through efforts such as recycling, minimizing air an d water pollution, and implementing sustainable design principles in new construction.”

LPA Architects worked with the District to develop the resolution. Architectural Project Director Steve Newsom said, “Lake Tahoe Unified School District is at the forefront of intelligent school planning. The creation of the state’s first 'Green Academy' under their Career Technical Education program and their district wide adoption of CHPS are examples of their commitment to high performance facilities."

“This is a forwarding-thinking commitment that will result in improved school facilities for students and teachers. It not only provides them with a healthier environment, it will also benefit the district’s operating budget for many years to come,” Newsom continued.
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Heroes Elementary - the Final CHPS Demonstration School - Opens Its Doors!
Heroes Elementary School of the Santa Ana Unified School District, a CHPS Designed Demonstration School, will open October 23, 2008. Designed by NTD Architecture as a memorial to the heroes of 9/11, Heroes Elementary is a model of the healthy, high performance building that is the hallmark of the CHPS program. Heroes was awarded a Green Apple at the 2007 Green Apple Awards for its superior design.

“The students and community of Santa Ana are proud to dedicate Heroes Elementary School especially due to the facility design - great acoustics, lighting, indoor air quality and other high performance features that will deliver an enhanced learning environment for children,” said José Alfredo Hernández, President of the Board of Education for the SAUSD. “Due to high performance design, we will realize lower overall operating costs for the life of the building so savings can be used to supplement other budgets such as computers, books, and salaries.”

Sustainable features of the new elementary school include daylighting, designated spaces for recyclable materials storage, a cool roof with reflective coatings, a storm drainage system to minimize run-off, and dual-technology occupancy light sensors that turn lights on and off automatically. Heroes Elementary exceeds Title 24 standards by nearly 24%. This savings in energy consumption amounts to approximately a 20% reduction in energy costs which frees up about $1,000 annually per classroom for educational uses. The central location of Heroes Elementary further reduces the school’s carbon footprint, ensuring that all students live within one mile of the site.

In addition to serving as a CHPS Demonstration School, the new elementary school will serve as a materials showcase. The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) sponsored the project by providing $600,000 in State grant funds toward the construction and design costs. Heroes utilizes many unique recycled and salvaged products made of waste tires, recycled windshield glass, and recycled newsprint, paint, plastic, and glass beverage containers. Additionally, half of the wood used on this project is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

California High School Student Proposes - and Gets - State Education Board Resolution for CHPS
“Be it RESOLVED, that the California State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction encourage districts to incorporate CHPS building standards into their construction plans and to execute their operational plans in accordance with the CHPS Criteria…”

In July 2008, high school student Monica Stephany Liu was serving as a full-voting member to the California Board of Education when she wrote a resolution encouraging school districts to incorporate CHPS building standards into design, building, maintenance and operation of California’s schools. The resolution, a response to students’ request that schools become more environmentally friendly, was supported by Board president Ted Mitchell and Superintendent Jack O’Connell and passed unanimously in July 2008. Currently a freshman at Harvard University, Ms. Liu was generously took time from her studies for midterm exams to answer our questions.
Read the interview here.
View the complete resolution here.

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