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Architectural Technologies for K-12 Buildings

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The news that post-Hurricane Sandy Staten Island, New York, would soon have a net-zero school # one that uses energy-efficient technologies with renewable power to return electricity to the grid # came as a surprise to many architects and educators. The very ideaof net-zero buildings is challenging enough. But a public school?
Primary among the more widespread challenges facing architects is the task of suiting school designs to clients# tight budgets and high expectations. Educational projects represent a particularlythorny typology in this regard. Consider the numerous potential stakeholders for a typical K-12 project: administrators, the schoolboard, parent-teacher groups, the town council, state agencies, trustees of private schools, church officials at parochial schools,andmore # not to mention the future occupants # students and their teachers.
The challenge is to start with a #meaningful conversation# with the school and its community, says Steve Turckes, AIA, LEED AP, K-12 education global market leader for Perkins + Will, #which we conduct through a series of workshop discussions on topics ranging from the economy to the needs of future students,# he says.#Before we get down to programming and designing a school, we want to know the big goals and needs.#


1. Discuss how green building performance attributes positively impact educational environments.

2. Describe strategies for enhancing learning environments using retrofit or renovation strategies to improve daylighting, flexibility of use, or energy efficiency.

3. List the durability and life-cycle benefits of various building materials that contribute to a sustainable building design.

4. Explain how material selection and building system designs can affect indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in schools.

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