ERIC Number: ED415667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Building Ecology and Partition Design. Technical Bulletin.
Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
This bulletin is intended as a resource for school system facility planners and architects who design schools. Ways in which decision makers can incorporate environmental concerns in the design of school buildings are detailed. Focus is on the design of interior partition systems. Partition systems in schools serve several purposes; they define space, provide acoustical privacy, and myriad other functions. Some traditional criteria for such partitions, along with some building ecology criteria, are detailed. Various partition types such as concrete masonry unit partitions, gypsum wallboard over metal studs, straw panels, and operable partitions are described. Different features of each partition type, such as environmental issues, maintenance, and repair, are provided. Recommendations for what to look for in a particular partition system are offered. A decision-making process is outlined, which features various criteria: durability, cost, acoustics, flexibility, maintenance, recycled content, embodied energy, indoor air quality, and raw materials. In conclusion, although there is no perfect system for building partitions in schools, the most commonly specified systems are relatively favorable from an environmental standpoint. (Contains two figures, one table, and two references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Building Design, Built Environment, Construction (Process), Decision Making, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy Conservation, Facilities Management, Models, School Buildings
Maryland State Dept. of Education, School Facilities Branch, 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201. (Free to Maryland public schools; $8 for others).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Support Staff
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Radiation and Indoor Air.
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.