Mapei joins the Collaborative for High Performance Schools
In 1999, California's major utilities came together in a collaborative effort to address energy efficiency in the state's public schools. Since that time the CHPS has expanded to encompass all aspects of school design, construction and operation and has spread to 11 other states, including Washington, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Texas, Colorado and Virginia. A CHPS program for Hawaii is currently under development.
According to the organization, "CHPS provides resources to schools, school districts and professionals about all aspects of high-performance school design, construction and operation. CHPS develops tools that help make schools energy-, water- and material-efficient; well-lit; thermally comfortable; acoustically sound; safe; healthy, and easy to operate. These resources include a well-respected six-volume best practices manual, training and conferences, a high-performance building rating and recognition program and other tools for creating healthy, green schools."
The database expands on the success of the CHPS low-emitting materials list to include other attributes, such as recycled content, rapidly renewable material content, organically grown material content, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products, and life cycle and multiple attribute claims. Through CHPS' alliance with the Carpet and Rug Institute, a list of adhesives that meet low VOC claims is also available to design professionals on the CRI Web site. "Now, the architectural and design community, as well as other members of the community, can consult two reputable resources to find products that have been tested against industry standards to deliver the most sustainable construction for schools and other buildings," said McMurdie.