SBIC Publishes Second Edition of High-Performance Schools Guide

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff February 11, 2005

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) this month announced the publication and release of the second edition of its High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide .

Geared primarily toward the design and construction of K-12 schools, the 86-page guide is comprised of three core sections: Section 1 defines what a high-performance school building is and explains its value; Section 2 acts as a Process Guide, focusing on issue-specific questions for each stage of the design process; and Section 3 describes each of the 17 key “Building Blocks” that result in a high-performance building when integrated together in a “whole-building” design. This new edition includes a new Building Block on durability and updated Blocks on acoustics and safety/security, as well as new case studies, photos, resources and web links.

SBIC originally offered the book in 2000 as part of its High-Performance School Buildings Education Campaign, with support from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Education, Environmental Protection Agency and other entities. The new edition is underwritten in part by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and several SBIC members. The book’s principal author, Deane Evans, FAIA, director of the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Center for Architecture and Building Science Research, currently serves as SBIC’s vice chair.

High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide is available online at .