A CISF-authored resource for evaluating the monetary, behavioral, and physical benefits of various environmental facility improvements.
Perspectives on sustainabile building design and certification from three experts in the field.
Greening America's Schools
A Capitol E report that evaluates the costs and benefits of sustainable design and technology in US schools.
Green School Guidelines
A tool from the Collaborative for High-Performance Schools (CHPS) that sets out guidelines for "green" school buildings.
Beaverton School District: Sustainability
Includes links to the current Sustainability Performance Scorecard.
Beaverton School District: Energy Conservation
Includes links to the current Energy and Water Use Scorecards.
Growth and Disparity
A report from the BEST (Building Education Success Together) Initiative evaluating national school contruction spending.
Handbook to Writing Educational Specifications
A guide from the Alaskan Dept. of Education and Early Development that outlines the ins and outs of writing a facility program statement.
|Your guide to industry standards.
As states across the country struggle with massive budget
shortfalls and local revenues from property taxes continue to
plummet, school funding has been slashed. Despite shrinking
budgets, communities still expect their schools to be safe,
well-maintained environments where students receive a quality
education, often putting unrealistic expectations on facilities,
maintenance and operations functions.
Commissioning can ensure buildings are 'happy' places is a Daily Journal of Commerce article about how occupants, owners win when third-party agents help new buildings operate properly and existing ones function more efficiently.
Listen to anyone who's been around awhile and at some point
you'll probably hear that 'they don't make'em like they used to'…historic schools have a rich patina
and embodied energy that simply cannot be replicated in new
Athletic Facilities 101
How to create the structure that best suits your needs. By the School Construction News.
Early Childhood Facilities
Children's Institute's "Room to Grow" is a compilation of articles about the design and financing of early childhood facilities.
A comprehensive checklist that guides you through the ins and outs of the pre-development process.
Top 10 Lessons Learned in School Design and Construction
Excerpts from Steve Brucker's comments at the Bonds and Ballots Conference in Salem, OR.
Four expert, construction-industry viewpoints regarding the procurement process in Oregon.
The Role of the Appraiser
Three real estate professionals offer their perspectives about the valuation of property and what to look for in an appraiser.
An overview of the role of site preparation and evaluation, including case histories that highlight various aspects of the process.
Lifecycle Cost Analysis Handbook
Guidelines from the Alaskan Dept. of Energy and Early Development for determining lifecycle costs of school facilities.
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