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Financing and Incentives
High performance features are oftentimes perceived as being economically inefficient as they may cost more up front, but a factor that many times goes unconsidered is their life-cycle cost. High performance features increase the efficiency of a building in the long run, a cost that is refunded many times over in subsequent years. Additionally, litigation costs, attributed to harmful impacts on occupant health from poor school design, can be avoided with the implementation of well-designed and properly maintained classrooms.
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Fund Your CHPS School Project with Prop ID Incentives
(Best Practices Manual Volume I, Financing High Performance Schools section.)
CHPS aims to facilitate the design of high performance schools in California - environments that are not only resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit and contain the amenities needed for a quality education. CHPS has developed a set of Best Practices Manuals (available at www.CHPS.net) to create a new generation of high performance school facilities in California.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities - Lifecycle Cost Estimateing for School Facilities
NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on methods for determining the total cost of ownership for school construction, operation, and maintenance over the life of the facility.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities - School Construction Costs
NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on school building costs including costs per square foot and per student, new construction and renovation cost comparisons, and cost estimating.