Sustainable

Materials from School Design

Resources for Materials Transparency

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In recent years, a new concept of what it means to define a building product as “sustainable” has taken hold. Focus has shifted to consider whole-life (i.e., “cradle to grave”) environmental impact, prioritizing the disclosure of ingredients that may be hazardous to human health. 

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How Low Can You Go?

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The building industry is moving toward higher energy performance, as codes become increasingly stringent and more owners opt for net-zero solutions. But what is zero energy? And what design considerations need to be taken into account in achieving it?

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LEED v4: Upgrading to the Latest Version

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Beginning in June 2014, the MSCBA began requiring new school projects to adopt LEED version 4 (LEED v4) as one of two options for a mandatory green-school-certification program.

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The School as a Teaching Tool

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Sustainable design features and technology support energy goals, reduce environmental impact, and can be used in curriculum to educate young adults to be good stewards of our earth’s resources. Incorporating the concepts of sustainability into the educational curriculum provides students the...

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation: Learning from the Past

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By verifying predictions with real performance metrics, designs can be iterated and improved upon until a better understanding of is what being measured and how realistic one's virtual model assumptions are can be determined.

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SMMA AIA 2030 Energy Commitment

AIA 2030: Making a Commitment to the Future

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The building industry accounts for somewhere between 40% and 50% of total energy consumption in the U.S. In 2013, SMMA pledged its support of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment, vowing to report progress in meeting predicted energy-consumption goals for buildings.

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Sustainability in Schools

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With the diverse demands and complexity on K-12 projects, experience is a key component of successful project management. Experience is also a critical element to success in optimizing school designs for sustainability.

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Nurture Through Nature

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Educators and designers are in constant search of the perfect learning environment, and outdoor learning spaces are the next educational frontier. Simply “getting back to nature” can be paramount to a child’s creativity, cognition, and overall health.

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