The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) released its K-12 school-focused CHPS 2019 Core Criteria 3.0.
The third edition incorporates recent developments in construction and building materials technology. It also adds credits addressing lowering school buildings’ carbon footprint through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and promoting resiliency to climate change.
“These guidelines continue to be the only school-specific rating system that prioritizes student performance in its monitoring and benchmarking tools,” according to a CHPS news release. The guidelines set standards for schools for indoor air quality, natural lighting, acoustics, energy efficiency, and the use of low-emitting building materials.
The CHPS Core Criteria is developed and maintained by the CHPS National Technical Committee, an all-volunteer 62 member committee representing school districts, designers and engineers, government agencies, education advocates, researchers, and product manufacturers.