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With the support of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the CT Clean Energy Fund, the Connecticut Green Building Council launched the High Performance Schools Initiative in 2005. 35 stakeholders, including educators, design, construction, environmental, and health professionals, Along with defining the benefits and barriers to building green schools, the group mapped the process of building schools in Connecticut.  The following map includes points where “greening” interventions need to be made to achieve a green school.

Suggested points of interventions needed in the design and construction process to ensure High Performance Standards are followed and achieved:
1. Identify need for expansion or new building
• Preliminary education of school board members and superintendents about HP
• Provide checklist with sample questions to ask
2. Establish building committee or study committee
• Workbook available to communities with basic "how to"
• Initial charette meeting-facilitator services and checklist with sample questions to ask
3. Hire Architect - Criteria checklist with sample questions to ask
4. Create concept design
• "How to" booklet and certification/process documents for selected HP standard
• Second level charette meetings-facilitator services and checklist with sample questions to ask
5. Obtain town commitment - "how to" booklet suggestions for promoting HP Schools features
6. CT Department of Education establishes reimbursement 20-80%
• Support to Dept. of Education on HP standards
7. Develop design and construction drawings
• "How to" booklet and certification/process documents for selected HP standard
• Continuing charette meetings and checklist with sample questions to ask
8. Commissioning Agent - Criteria checklist with sample questions to ask
9. Development of final bid package
• Criteria checklist with sample certification/process documents for selected HP standard
10. Hire Contractor - Criteria checklist with sample questions to ask
11. Change Orders - Prior actions should significantly reduce all change orders
12. Acceptance of Building
• Criteria checklist and certification/process documents for selected HP standard

     
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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