NJIT professor's book refines formula to create high performance school buildings


The second edition of High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide by architect Deane Evans, director of the Center for Architecture and Building Science Research at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has been released by the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC). New features include more case studies, current resources, web links and new photographs. The first edition was published in 2000.

"Classrooms that have clean air, superior acoustics, good lighting and other "high-performance" features are highlighted in this easy-to-read volume," said Evans. The guide describes the characteristics and benefits of high-performance school buildings and details ways that school planners can obtain the best design within their budgets. NOTE: Evans is available for interviews. For more information, contact Sheryl Weinstein at 973-596-3436.

Community leaders, parents, teachers, architects, engineers, and anyone else seeking buildings that will be more cost-effective, sustainable and productive should find the 86-page guide illuminating. Sections of the book features the characteristics of high performance school buildings, explain their value, list cogent questions for non-professionals to ask and detail 17 building blocks to gain better performance from a building.

Evans, who is also vice chairman of SBIC, is an accomplished architect with over 25 years of experience in architectural design, construction technology, and building performance research. He has served as an instructor for workshops sponsored by the council on high performance schools.

The Resource and Strategy Guide was originally published in 2000 as part of SBIC's High-Performance School Buildings Education Campaign, developed with support from SBIC member Southern California Edison, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Education, and others. The second edition is underwritten in part by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and SBIC members: CertainTeed Corporation, ECO-Block, the International Masonry Institute, Waterless Company, and The Watt Stopper.

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