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February 2010

Implementing the 2009 Edition of the CA-CHPS Criteria

On January 1, 2010, California’s 2008 Title 24 standard (the state’s energy efficiency code) went into effect. In conjunction, all new California CHPS projects, whether seeking CHPS Verified or CHPS Designed recognition, are now required to register under the 2009 Edition of the California CHPS Criteria (CA-CHPS). The 2006 CA-CHPS version required compliance with the Title 24-2005 energy code; the new edition of the CA-CHPS Criteria references the 2008 energy code. If you have questions about the status of your project, please contact Ed Wansing, CHPS Technical Programs Coordinator, at

California’s High Performance Incentive Program

In 2006, the High Performance Incentive (HPI) program was established to distribute the $100 million set aside for high performance schools from Proposition 1D. The program regulations were based on 2006 CA-CHPS and referenced the 2005 Title 24 standards. According to the website of the Division of the State Architect, the new 2009 CA-CHPS Criteria will now be accepted for the DSA/HPI grant review. The HPI credits will be translated into the HPI scorecard based on the 2006 CHPS guidelines. The process for seeking CHPS recognition and HPI funding remains unchanged. Projects seeking CHPS Verified recognition will still be able to submit their documentation to DSA through CHPS. Projects seeking CHPS Designed recognition will need to complete both a 2009 CA-CHPS Designed scorecard and an HPI program scorecard.

Emphasis on Climate Concerns in 2009 CA-CHPS

Given the increasing necessity of taking drastic action to negate climate change, CHPS has implemented a new Climate category in the 2009 CA-CHPS Criteria. This category is aims to mitigate school buildings' contributions to carbon concentrations in our atmosphere. The category is comprised of three credits worth a total of ten points. One of these points is awarded for joining a CHPS-approved Climate Registry. In order to accurately quantify carbon emissions and reductions, it is essential to have comprehensive registries in place. For a list of the CHPS-approved climate registries, click here. In conjunction with the development of credit CL1.1 Climate Change Action, CHPS has developed a comprehensive Transportation Plan template. The template will give schools a tool to help them to track and reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled for student and staff transportation. Also included in the plan is a Greenhouse Gas Emissions calculator that will enable schools to track their carbon footprint related to transportation. The transportation plan (CL1.1.3) is worth one point in part of a larger Climate Change Action Credit added in the update to the CA-CHPS Criteria.
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Update from CHPS Executive Director Bill Orr

The Year of the Existing School

Gung Hay Fat Choy! While 2010 may be the Chinese Year of the Tiger, for CHPS this year is shaping up to be the Year of the Existing School. CHPS is readying the launch of the Operations Report Card (ORC) as a benchmarking and continual improvement tool for existing schools. Additionally, regional tools such as the upcoming Northeast CHPS Operations and Maintenance Guide also will help existing schools become more sustainable, energy efficient, and healthy learning environments.
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Upcoming Events

New Solutions for Green Schools in Colorado

This past fall, CHPS debuted the Colorado CHPS Criteria (CO-CHPS), a new high performance assessment tool created especially for Colorado schools. CO-CHPS can help schools achieve energy efficiency and utilies savings, heightened student performance, and improved student, staff and faculty health. Join CHPS as we provide training on how to create the schools that will provide these benefits! We plan to hold the training series in mid-April in three Colorado locations:
  • Monday, April 26th in Grand Junction
  • Wednesday, April 28th in Colorado Springs
  • Thursday, April 28th in Denver

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please email or call 415-970-6605 for more information.

School Building Expo

May 11-13, 2010
Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Join CHPS at this year's School Building Expo in Chicago! School Building Expo truly brings together today’s evolving educational institution marketplace. Learn about new trends, be inspired by exciting sessions and discover the latest products and solutions. Come together with the decision makers and purchasers who plan, design, construct and maintain the public & private educational facilities of tomorrow. The expo will feature CHPS in the workshop Integration Design and Performance: Planning the Lifecycle of a School on Tuesday, May 11th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. This seminar, led by CHPS Executive Director Bill Orr, CHPS Technical Committee Chair Jim Ogden and CHPS Board Director Rob Samish, will explore post-occupancy studies, the National CHPS Core Criteria and the new Operations Report Card program.

CHPS Members save 20% on your conference pass! Use the coupon code SCEG2M. To register for this event, click here.

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