Update #5, August 6, 2008
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. Wehinar: How to Write Your IAQ TfS Award Winning Application, Wednesday,
August 27, 2008, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET. Back by popular demand, this Webinar will
not only teach you about the IAQ TfS Awards Program and how to write an award-
winning application, but will also provide ample opportunity to have your questions
answered by past IAQ TfS award winners and communication experts. Cfliclk here to
register today!
. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Council of Educational
Facility Planners (CEFPI) share the goal of addressing indoor air quality when
designing, building, and maintaining school facilities to ensure the health, safety and
performance of students and staff. Register today for the 85th annual CEFPi
Conference and Trade Show that will be heid in the heart of downtown San Diego
September 29 - October 2, 2008.
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LEED™ and CHPS®: Promoting Healthy, High
Performance Buildings and Students
High performance schools are energy- and resource-efficient, environmentally sound, long-
lasting, and most importantly, designed with the health and performance of occupants in
mind. Research has shown that a building's design, which defines everything from the
amount of daylight entering a room to the quality of the indoor air, has significant effects on
occupants. Perhaps the most important factor in performance is IAQ, which has been directly
iinked to one's ability to concentrate, retain and recall information, and other performance
indicators, incorporating this knowledge into your school's short- and long-term school design

and renovation plans is essential to ensure the longevity and sustainability of school buildings
and the health and performance of occupants.
The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) and Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) green-building and
high-performance rating systems represent the national "gold standard" as methods for green
benchmarking and improving building—and building occupants'—performance. Read on for
two profiles of schools taking their building performance to a new level, one using USGBC's
LEED for Schools and another using the CHPS program.
LEED School: Clearview Elementary; Hanover, PA
Clearview Elementary was awarded Gold certification in March 2004 by the USGBC. The
43,000-square-foot, two-story schoolhouse maintains superior IAQ through a floor-mounted,
air-diffusing system that responds to changes in temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide
levels. Because air comes through the floor rather than vents in the ceiling, the fresh air is
closer to the breathing zone of students and teachers. Learn more about how Clearview
promoted IAQ as part of their healthy, high-performance school design.
"Indoor Environmental Quality should always be one of the greatest points
of focus when it comes to greening our schools. What could be more
important than maintaining the health and well-being of our children? For
both new and existing schools, there is so much that we can do to improve
the quality of the air our students, teachers and staff breathe in for six or
more hours a day. Tools for Schools is a valuable resource for identifying
incremental steps we can take to make our schools healthier, more
productive places to learn and grow."- Rachel Gutter, Schools Sector Manager for the
CHPS School: Alder Creek Middle School; Tahoe, CA
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District's Alder Creek Middle School opened in the fall of 2004
as a CHPS demonstration school. To ensure the school's indoor air supported students'
performance, the school used cost-effective, recycled content, sometimes even working with
manufacturers to modify their products so that the design would meet the strict CHPS Criteria
for material performance. Thinking specifically about indoor air quality, the school district
used certified low-emitting paint, carpeting, fiberglass insulation, ceiling tile, and no-wax
linoleum flooring. Learn about other considerations Alder Creek took to ensure superior IAQ.
"With the increasing rate and severity of childhood respiratory illnesses
leading to more frequent student absences annually, IAQ in classrooms

should be given a top priority. EPA's IAQ TfS program brings straightforward
solutions to IAQ problems that can significantly improve the health and
performance of students nationally."- Kristin Heinen, CHPS Assistant Director
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Featured Resources
. To learn more about LEED and CHPS, come to the 'New Options for Creating High
Performance Schools' session at the IAQ TfS National Symposium: December 4
- 6, 2008, in Washington, DC.
. IAQ Design Tools for Schools is a web-based guidance to assist school districts,
architects, and facility planners design and construct the next generation of schools
with improved IEQ.
. The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) recently updated its listing of state policies that
promote healthy, high performance school design and construction. Read descriptions
of state policies that establish requirements, provide incentives, or create guidance in
this area at www.eli.org/Proqram Areas/healthy schools/.
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Learn more about the IAQ TfS Program at www.epa.gov/iaq/schools
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