ArchDaily’s Irina Vinnitskaya profiles the USGBC Center for Green Schools, which was championed by the Georgia chapter of the USGBC. By focusing on health, education and use of funds, the organization has developed best practices for creating better educational facilities.
From the economic standpoint, these high performance schools, though present a high up-front cost for construction, ultimately save $5 million dollars in operating costs over the life-time of the school. The health and educational benefits speak for themselves. These facilities have sustainable strategies comparable to LEED Certification and this provides a healthy environment through natural light, ventilation, thermal comfort and sound-proofing. All of these components help children concentrate, be more attentive and feel more at ease in their environment.