Process makes perfect: High-performance design creates healthy environments for high-performance learning

Petty, Margaret Maile (2007) Process makes perfect: High-performance design creates healthy environments for high-performance learning. Architectural Lighting, 21(2), pp. 38-41.

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Abstract

Considering the staggering benefits of high-performance schools, it seems an obvious choice to “go green.” High-performance schools offer an exceptionally cost-effective means to enhance student learning, using on average 33 percent less energy than conventionally designed schools, and provide substantial health gains, including reduced respiratory problems and absenteeism. According to the 2006 study, Greening America's Schools, Costs and Benefits, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Capital E, a green building consulting firm, high-performance lighting is a key element of healthy learning environments, contributing to improved test scores, reduced off-task behavior, and higher achievement among students. Few argue this point more convincingly than architect Heinz Rudolf, of Portland-Oregon-based Boora Architects, who has designed sustainable schools for more than 80 school districts in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Wyoming, and has pioneered the high-performance school movement. Boora's recently completed project, the Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby, Oregon is one of the most sustainable K-12 facilities in the state, and illustrates Rudolf's progressive and research-intensive approach to school design.

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ID Code: 95102
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
ISSN: 0894-0436
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright Architectural Lighting 2007
Deposited On: 21 Apr 2016 03:35
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2016 04:01

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