ERIC Number: ED510089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Guide to School Design: Healthy + High Performance Schools
Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
A "healthy and high performance school" uses a holistic design process to promote the health and comfort of children and school employees, as well as conserve resources. Children may spend over eight hours a day at school with little, if any, legal protection from environmental hazards. Schools are generally not well-maintained; asthma is a leading occupational disease of teachers and custodians--"that is, they get it on the job". There is a strong basis in science for designing schools: 1) for healthy indoor environments, and 2) for resource conservation. Together, healthy + green designed facilities promote indoor air and environmental quality; thermal, visual, and acoustical comfort; and, energy, water, and material conservation. Such facilities can also minimize construction/maintenance waste, fumes, debris and particulates that can harm school occupants and harm the environment. Design out common schoolhouse problems: "healthy + green = A+". This paper provides tips for designing healthy and high-performance schools.
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Pollution, Health Promotion, Holistic Approach, Occupational Safety and Health, Child Safety, School Safety, Conservation (Environment), Hazardous Materials
Healthy Schools Network, Inc. 773 Madison Avenue 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12208. Tel: 518-462-0632: Fax: 518-462-0433; Web site: http://www.healthyschools.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Healthy Schools Network, Inc.