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Resource-efficient schools save communities precious revenue and resources while improving the student learning environment.

Green schools are valuable assets, invoking a sense of community pride. Students focus better and are more alert when classrooms are well-ventilated, temperate, and brightly lit. Teachers report more satisfaction from working in green schools, which lessens turnover. The savings from utility bills can be re-invested into strategies to improve scholastic achievement.

EDGE offers the opportunity to model a variety of education facilities, including pre-schools, K-12 schools, universities, cultural and community centers, and sports facilities. Within these prototypes, the models can be further refined to include playrooms and classrooms, computer and science labs, cafeterias, libraries, and locker rooms, to more accurately predict future operational performance.

Green schools shift the possibilities of environmentally-friendly buildings to include places of learning. They help students to become young ambassadors of environmental stewardship, offering the opportunity for experiential learning, including the benefits of sustainable design.

Challenge

Energy is the second largest cost to schools after personnel costs, which is paid out of the pockets of families.

Opportunity

Savings from lower utility bills can be reinvested into hiring the best teachers, purchasing technology, and improving the learning environment.

Results

If today’s three million existing schools were built green it would save $45 billion in energy bills annually.

Take the first steps to designing a resource-efficient school with EDGE.

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Go to the EDGE App and select the Education building type.

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Select your country and city.

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Choose your type of educational facility and fill in the basic parameters.

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For the most accurate results, specify the breakdown of the various rooms of the facility.

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Indicate the building orientation.

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After completing the inputs on the Design tab, move on to the next step of selecting energy-saving measures.

It takes less than 30 minutes to design a resource-efficient school with EDGE. Determine the solutions that make the most sense at the least cost, keeping the comfort of the learning environment in mind. EDGE has built-in climate data that is specific to where your school is located, for the most accurate results. Go to the EDGE App to get started.