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IDL - Bozeman eNEWS - April 2013 - Vol. 6 No. 4

Entries in high performance schools (2)


Article Review: GREEN SCHOOL

Taking a holistic approach to creating a sustainable school in Bali, Indonesia, founders Cynthia and John Hardy designed Green School.  The goal was to have a minimal impact on the land, while also teaching the next generation how to be ecologically responsible.

Unlike usual schools, the classrooms have no walls and the desks aren’t rectangular.  The whiteboards within the classrooms were made from recycled car windshields with a white paper as the background.  Obtaining energy from solar, along with a hydro-vortex, green school achieves an off-the-grid status.  The surrounding area is full of lush garden landscaping.  This provides food for the lunch, which is cooked on sawdust burners by local Balinese women.  The gardens also educate the students on growing organic foods.

To learn more about Green School, click here!


Resources: High Performance Schools

Looking for information about energy efficient school design, but too overwhelmed by Google searches and unreliable sources?

Recently our lab was asked to research daylighting in high-performance schools and came across TONS of information and case studies on educational facilities. We have compiled these online resources on our website to help provide you with easy access to research about the benefits and successes of green school designs.

Here are a few interesting facts we learned:

“School children and teachers can benefit from integrating and managing daylight properly. Reported benefits include reduced utility costs for school districts, improved student attendance and academic performance, and a less stressful environment for students.” A Literature Review of the Effects of Natural Light on Building Occupants, NREL, July 2002.

The Heschong Mahone Daylighting Study tested 21,000 students and discovered that daylighting allowed students to learn math skills 20% more quickly, and reading skills 26% more quickly. They also found that students who could see out of windows performed 5-10% better than those that could not. http://www.coe.uga.edu/sdpl/research/daylightingstudy.pdf

A study on daylighting schools in North Carolina revealed that daylighting increased student attendance to 3.2-3.8 more days per year, resulted in quieter libraries, and improved student attitudes. Energy Performance of Daylit Schools in North Carolina (Mike Nicklas and Gary Bailey, 1996). http://www.buildgreenschools.org/resources/research.html

Furthermore the same study concluded that, “Because of the additional vitamin D received by the students in full-spectrum light, they had 9 times less dental decay and grew in height an average of 2.1 cm more (over the two-year period) than students attending schools with average light.” Energy Performance of Daylit Schools in North Carolina (Mike Nicklas and Gary Bailey, 1996). http://www.buildgreenschools.org/resources/research.html