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Workshop: Energy Efficiency and Environmental Integration for K-14 Learning Environments

Monday September 15
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This workshop focused on architectural design strategies that reduce the need for active heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting in learning environments spanning kindergarten through community college, or K-14. Design strategies that take advantage of climate and environmental conditions while reducing energy consumption were presented. Additional topics that were discussed included understanding building demand, role of the enclosure as an integrated system, daylighting and lighting, integration of active solar and photovoltaic systems, water reduction and rainwater harvesting, indoor air quality, ventilation, and HVAC system integration. Both design rules-of-thumb and case study examples were presented.

Open Forum to Discuss Environmental Performance Criteria for Learning Laboratories

Following this workshop, I2SL and the Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) conducted a half-day, interactive session to bring together local school architects and engineering firms, furniture and lab system manufacturers, school administrators, and other professionals to address energy conservation and sustainability opportunities and challenges, with a focus on connecting sustainable practices for the school with laboratory education for a new generation of potential scientists. Virginia Tech and I2SL facilitated this working session as the initial step in a series of anticipated communications to produce learning laboratory-specific environmental performance criteria.


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