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High-Performance School Buildings Program

 

State-funded school construction projects greater than 5,000 square feet are required by chapter 39.35 RCW to incorporate high-performance features into their school design and construction. School districts can use either Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 or Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) 2010. The Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) is modeled after the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) green building protocol and adapted to fit Washington schools. WSSP is a self-certifying standard developed to help school districts comply with the goals of the law. It is a planning tool that allows designers to plan a high-performance school while considering the regional, district, and site-specific possibilities and constraints for each project. The categories in the protocol include those related to Site, Water, Materials, Energy, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Planning and Operations.

High-Performance Guidelines for School Districts
A school district guide to quickly determining applicability and compliance requirements with high-performance standards.

Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP)
The Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) is the tool developed to help school districts comply with the goals of the law. It is a planning tool that allows designers to plan a high-performance school while considering the regional, district, and site-specific possibilities and constraints for each project.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)

2010 WSSP Documents
(Projects that received OSPI funding approval (D-4) after November 15, 2010 will use the 2010 edition of the WSSP.)

  • WSSP 2010 Workplan (Excel)
    The workplan is one Excel file with the scorecard, costing sheet, and several credit worksheets in separate tabs.
  • WSSP 2010 Scorecard/Checklist (Excel)
    The checklist, or scorecard, includes a yes, no, and maybe column to document credit goals at D5.

Annual Reporting

  • WSSP Annual Reporting Workbook (Excel). This form is used for both versions of WSSP, and is designed to keep adding the data every year for five years.

2006 WSSP Documents (use these documents if the project was designed using the 2006 WSSP)

  • WSSP 2006 Criteria (PDF)
  • WSSP 2006 Workplan (Excel)
    The workplan is one Excel file with the scorecard, costing sheet, and several credit worksheets. Use only if the project used the 2006 WSSP.

High Performance School Buildings Report to the Legislature
In even-numbered years, beginning in 2006 and ending in 2016, OSPI is required to consolidate all of the school district reports on high-performance credits earned, project costs of compliance, and annual operating observations into a single report to the legislature.

Other High-performance documents

  • A comparison of the LEED 2009 to WSSP 2010 checklist (Excel). This document compares the prerequisites and credits of LEED 2009 to WSSP 2010. The prerequisites and credits are aligned to make it easier to see the similarities and the differences of each standard.

  • The High-Performance Public Buildings Act was signed into law in 2005. For school buildings, the goal of this law is to build high-performance schools that will improve student achievement and occupant comfort, reduce long-term costs, and preserve environmental resources.

  • Post Occupancy Study of Washington Middle School (PDF)
    During its design in 2004, WMS participated as one of five Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol pilot projects. This report looks at the project performance and actual performance after two full years of occupancy. It includes: explanations of sustainable design strategies employed, quantitative and qualitative evaluation, cost/savings reporting, and occupant feedback.

  • Post Occupancy Study of Lincoln Heights Elementary School, Spokane.
    Please contact OSPI at HPSBP@k12.wa.us if you would like a CD of this study.
    During the design of Lincoln Heights, Spokane Public Schools participated as one of five Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol pilot projects and also used the LEED-NC design standard. This report looks at the LEED scorecard and project performance.

State-funded school construction projects are now required to incorporate high-performance features into their school design and construction. All major facility projects of public school districts receiving any funding in a state capital budget must be designed and constructed to at least the LEED silver standard or the Washington Sustainable School Protocol (WSSP).

For more information on High-Performance Schools:

Nancy Johns, Coordinator, High Performance Schools
School Facilities and Organization, OSPI
Nancy.Johns@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-4973

 

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