Best Practices Manual, Vol.I: Planning for High Performance by CHPS

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Alternatively, use materials with a reflectance of at least 30%. These are typically light-colored materials, although some products are now available that are dark, but reflect enough solar radiation to remain relatively cool in direct sun. CHPS BEST PRACTICES MANUAL PLANNING © 2006 CHPS, INC 33 Designing High Performance Schools Protect Indoor Air Quality For the school itself, use a “cool roof,” which reflects most of the sun’s energy instead of absorbing it into the interior spaces below. Cool roofs have high reflectivity and are typically light colored, although new products are available in a range of colors.

Value Engineering The CHPS design elements need to be reviewed during value engineering, as are all other project elements. It is important, however, that the district’s CHPS credits are maintained and the CHPS goals met. Value engineering, therefore, should only be used to determine the optimal strategies for implementing CHPS credits. 24 CHPS BEST PRACTICES MANUAL PLANNING © 2006 CHPS, INC Manage Program Adopting and Implementing a CHPS District Resolution Construction Activities (District/Design Team/Contractor) CHPS-related design elements must be fully implemented during construction.

Consider CHPS Credits in Site Selection It is beneficial to consider a district’s adopted CHPS credits in selecting new school sites. Specifically, is the site currently farmland, a wetland, a park or a greenfield (discouraged)? Is a site centrally located and can it provide joint use to the community? Is it close to public transit? Can buildings easily be 22 CHPS BEST PRACTICES MANUAL PLANNING © 2006 CHPS, INC Manage Program Adopting and Implementing a CHPS District Resolution oriented east-west (with the long walls facing south and north) to enable sunlight to be easily controlled (Energy Performance and Site credits)?

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