BNP Engineering News-Record Architectural Record

Upgrading School Facilities: Rebuilding the Nation's Schools for High Performance

Modernizing K-12 school facilities is a multi-billion dollar market in the US. Demand for school additions and modernizations continues to far outstrip available resources and, significantly, demand for "green" renovations is growing. Architects will play a key role in using the modernization process to "upgrade" existing facilities into green, high-performance schools.

This course provides an overview of the current school modernization market and its green priorities. It also discusses how the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) could impact funding for school modernizations. The course then reviews how advanced technologies and assemblies can be used to upgrade school performance in three key areas: daylighting and views; indoor environmental quality; and durability and safety.

Building above designed by Pazdan-Smith Group Architects, Greenville, SC Photo courtesy of Pazdan-Smith Group Architects

Learn At Your Own Pace:

You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the size, scope and “green” priorities of he current K-12 schools modernization market
  • Discuss how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will impact this market and how it incorporates “green “ objectives
  • Explain why demand is rising for green school upgrades
  • Describe the key performance characteristics of green, high performance schools
  • Discuss how 9 specific technologies can be used to improve the performance and sustainability of K-12 schools

AIA logo Credits: 1.50 HSW

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.50 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit
 

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Upgrading School Facilities: Rebuilding the Nation's Schools for High Performance
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