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Publications on High-Performance Schools

Learn about building high-performance schools that incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy in publications from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned
This case study presents the lessons learned from incorporating energy efficiency in the rebuilding and renovating of New Orleans K-12 schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned Summary
This summary presents the lessons learned at five schools in New Orleans that were rebuilt using energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools: Hot and Humid Climates
This report outlines the high-performance principles and design guidelines for new or retrofit designs of K-12 schools in hot/humid climates like New Orleans.

EnergySmart Schools Tips: Retrofitting, Operating, and Maintaining Existing Buildings
This fact sheet features low-cost near- and long-term facility management strategies that result in energy savings.

Financing an EnergySmart School Fact Sheet
This fact sheet focuses on using the EnergySmart Schools approach for school construction to increase the number of attractive financing options available.

Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools
This guide addresses barriers to and methods of financing energy-efficient schools, and makes a business case for high-performance design.

Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools
This guide is a primary resource for developing and implementing a district- or school- wide operations and maintenance program that focuses on energy efficiency.

National Best Practices Manual for Building High Performance Schools
This manual addresses major high-performance design goals and disciplines to educate school districts around the country about energy-efficient schools.

Rebuilding it Better: Greensburg, Kansas, K-12 School
This brochure provides detailed information about the new K-12 school in Greensburg, Kansas, which was completely destroyed by a tornado in 2007 and rebuilt as a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum building.

Reduce Operating Costs with an EnergySmart School Project
This fact sheet features information for how school operations and maintenance personnel can play a greater role in managing energy costs.

Solar Schools Assessment and Implementation Project: Financing Options for Solar Installations on K-12 Schools
This report details best practices for financing and installing photovoltaic systems on school buildings.