VA-CHPS Criteria for New Construction and Major Modernizations

The Virginia CHPS Criteria (VA-CHPS) is a state-specific benchmark system for the design and construction of high performance school buildings in Virginia. The goal of this new tool is to provide guides for developing energy efficient, comfortable, environmentally responsible and healthy spaces of learning.

Virginia CHPS contains prerequisites and credits that reflect the changing nature of school design and construction in Virginia. A credit for BIM – Building Information Modeling – acknowledges how technology can be used to reduce wasteful construction mistakes in the design phase. Because energy management systems are still not prevalent in Virginia schools, VA-CHPS provides greater incentives for their use. Local resources such as the Virginia School Facilities Guidelines for acoustics and the Virginia Stormwater Management Program are referenced throughout the Criteria. The committee also used the point distribution to incorporate environmental priorities in Virginia.

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VA-CHPS Criteria
(2011 Edition)

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