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As newer and more advanced institutions of learning, schools under construction are important in not only educating their students about the issue of climate change, but in being environmentally friendly in themselves. By engaging building officials, school boards, and town committees to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into their new facilities, ECSU and the Institute for Sustainable Energy seek to reduce school energy costs and environmental impact, and create a healthier learning environment for students. Perhaps most importantly, these facilities can be built as learning laboratiories whereby the students are "learning by doing", with broad implications for society. School districts around the country are finding that smart energy choices can help them save money and provide healthier, more effective learning environments. By incorporating energy improvements into their construction or renovation plan, schools can significantly reduce energy consumption and cost.

The best approach to building design relies upon a multidisciplinary and collaborative among landscapers, general contractors, civil engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, architects, and interior designers in making decisions based on a shared vision and a holistic understanding of the project. This follows the design through the entire project life, from pre-design through occupancy and into operation.
An integrated design process is the most cost effective way to achieve a high performing building. It addresses issues early on avoiding missed opportunities for performance and economy. The benefits of integrated design process are provides a formal setting for decision makers to work together and agree on project goals. With an opportunity to work together, share issues, ideas, and concerns there is a less likely chance that during the construction process it will be found that something does not work. Other benefits are to help avoid the need for redesign, results in more creative design solutions, and more likely to get it right the first time which can save a lot of money and time.

It's not easy being green! - Keermit T. Frog
"It's not easy being green!"
- Kermit T. Frog
  1. Site Design
  2. Daylighting and Windows
  3. Energy-Efficient Building Shell
  4. Lighting and Electrical Systems
  5. Mechanical and Veltilation Systems
  6. Renewable Energy Systems
  7. Water Conservation
  8. Recycling Systems and Wate Management
  9. Transportation
  10. Resource-Efficient Building Products
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