High performance buildings are those that increase occupant productivity and comfort, last longer, are safer and more sustainable, and cost less to maintain over their life cycles. This article will assess the need for high performance schools and how to incorporate high performance design to improve indoor air quality, lighting, acoustics, and thermal comfort, as well as reduce operations and maintenance costs.

Learning Objectives

  • Define what constitutes a high performance building and how these structures relate to the overall growth of the green building industry
  • Identify organizations that can assist with the high performance school design process
  • Examine how high performance schools benefit health, comfort, and the learning environment and how to incorporate high performance design principles to meet these goals
  • Describe how high performance schools improve facility operations and maintenance and how to incorporate high performance design principles to meet these goals