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Lighting systems in schools should provide high quality light, while also saving energy for schools. Schools should use good lighting designs and high efficacy technologies such as compact fluorescent bulbs or newer tri-phosphor T8 or T5 fluorescent tubes. To save energy, school designers integrate the electric lighting systems with good natural light, or daylighting, by using lighting sensors and automatic dimmers to control electric light use and maintain proper lighting levels.
Visit our lighting quality section of our website to learn more about enhancing the lighting quality of a classroom to result in a more conducive environment for teaching and learning.
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
(Best Practices Manual Volume 2: Electric Lighting and Controls Section & Daylighting and Fenestration Design 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.
California Energy Commission (CEC) - Bright Schools Program
The Bright Schools Program offers specific services to help schools become more energy wise, at little or no cost to the schools. This program can provide design consultation, identify cost-effective energy-saving measures, compare different technologies, develop specifications for energy-efficient equipment, help select architects and other design professionals with school construction and energy-efficiency expertise, review construction plans, and complete value engineering of specific energy-efficiency measures.
California Energy Commission (CEC) - Energy Efficiency & Demand Analysis Division (Lighting section)
Lighting Efficiency section. The CEC offers many resources for schools including its Bright Schools program, Cool Roof program, and information on high performance schools.
Alliance to Save Energy - Green Schools Program
The Green Schools program is specifically geared toward school districts looking to make their existing buildings more efficient. The website offers helpful guidelines for starting a program. Also available through the website are free materials that include key learning concepts for green schools, an annotated bibliography of green schools instructional resources, curriculum materials, and information about ways to save energy in schools. The Alliance to Save Energy produces a green schools newsletter and organizes the "Earth Apple Awards" - prizes for schools that use energy efficiently.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Energy Star for Schools Program
The Energy Star for Schools program assists facilities decision-makers in improving their school's energy performance and labeling their buildings as Energy Star certified. Most of the information on the website applies to facilities in general, rather than to schools specifically.
U.S. Department of Energy - EnergySmart Schools
EnergySmart Schools is a campaign of the Department of Energy and its Rebuild America program. EnergySmart Schools offers schools training workshops, publications, recognition, direct technical assistance, financing options, and a host of other resources toward making school facilities more energy efficient. Resources available on the website include step-by-step guidance for making schools more energy efficient, classroom materials and activities, and information about school buses.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)- Lighting section
NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on indoor and outdoor lighting of school buildings and grounds, including resources on security lighting, and sports facilities lighting.