2009 Public Review Materials


San Francisco, CA: Achieving High Performance Facilities with CHPS (Part I)
October 30, 2009
9 AM - 12 PM

San Francisco, CA: Achieving High Performance Facilities with CHPS (Part II)
October 30, 2009
1 PM - 4 PM

New Solutions for Green Schools in Texas: An Introduction to TX-CHPS
December 7-10, 2009
Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, TX

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CHPS Releases High Performance Building Products Database for Public Use
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High Performance Criteria and Rating Program for Relocatable Classrooms Now Available
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Public Review Notice II, October 2009

Operations Report Card (ORC) 30-Day Public Review Now Open

October 16, 2009 (San Francisco, CA) The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is pleased to release the Operations Report Card (ORC) for public review. The ORC is a new program that will benchmark the current performance of existing schools, provide a report card of results and make suggestions for improvement. The CHPS Operations Report Card program will advance the standard for the maintenance, operation, and improvement of all school buildings – high performance and otherwise.

These assessments will take place in five categories: energy efficiency, thermal comfort, visual comfort, indoor air quality, and acoustics. The ORC is being developed as an interactive online tool. While designed for district-wide deployment over multiple school sites, it will also be useful to single public schools, charter schools and private schools.

CHPS has made available for review the grading mechanisms that will provide schools with a simple, understandable score to communicate where their school currently stands on the spectrum of high-performance. These scores will be created in the five categories that CHPS has identified as most essential to high performance schools: energy efficiency, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, acoustics, and visual comfort. CHPS has engaged leaders in each of these fields to develop the criteria by which each will be evaluated.

The 30-day public review period will last from Friday, October 16, 2009 to Monday, November 16, 2009. To download the review materials and submit comments, please visit:

Schools will complete several steps as they work through the ORC program, including data-gathering through facilities measurements and occupant surveys. After entering all of the requested information, the school will be provided with its Report Card. This summary document will provide the school with the numeric score it has achieved in each category, along with brief comments about why that is the case. In addition to the Report Card, each school will receive a customized list of suggested improvements based on their site information.

The ORC is currently being piloted at nine school locations nationwide, including schools in California’s Los Angeles Unified School District, Santa Monica-Malibu USD, Hollister USD, Yuba City USD, Tahoe-Truckee USD, San Francisco USD, and at Nashua School District in New Hampshire and Situate Public Schools in Rhode Island. Chartwell School, a private school in California, is also participating in the pilot program. These schools have so far tested the occupant survey component of the ORC, and they will continue testing the Report Card and Improvements components at the conclusion of this public review.

Because of the unique nature of the ORC, it will be useful to schools at all levels of performance. In fact, CHPS anticipates that it will be most helpful to schools currently at lower levels of performance that are seeking to improve. It is important to note that there are no minimum requirements to participate. Scores are simply a benchmark of current performance.

It is anticipated that the program will be available for public use in January 2010.

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Upcoming CHPS Events

San Francisco Training

Achieving High Performance Facilities with CHPS

Friday, October 30, 2009
San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Board Room, 555 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Join CHPS for part I of a free two-part training session held at the San Francisco Unified School District.

Session I: Best HVAC Maintenance and Control Practices
9 AM to 12 PM
Ryan Stroupe of the Pacific Energy Center will present on HVAC maintenance practices. The presentation will include materials on typical operations and maintenance issues as well as monitoring equipment and diagnostics that help identify these problems. Ryan will also explore common retrofit opportunities, control strategies, and the role of commissioning in optimizing building performance. The program will include demonstration monitoring equipment, interactive exercises and useful resources.
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Session II: CHPS High Performance Resources
1 to 4 PM
Join CHPS to learn about the various resources and programs CHPS offers, the CHPS implementation roadmap, and upcoming resources that are under development at CHPS, such as the CHPS Operations Report Card, the first CHPS program for existing schools. The 2009 CA-CHPS Criteria edition will be covered, and details on the credits and prerequisites available in each category of the Criteria will be included.
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