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.