The MSBA has established several sustainable green programs for all MSBA-funded projects, with an increased emphasis on reducing energy consumption and improving indoor air quality These programs include updated standards for new and major renovation/addition projects. The MSBA also requires and pays for the entire cost of building commissioning for all MSBA-funded projects to ensure that these buildings operate efficiently and as designed.
The MSBA's Green Schools Program provides incentives to a district to increase the energy efficiency and sustainability for new construction and major renovation/addition projects, by meeting the new "Opt-in Specialized energy code" and for exceeding MSBA minimum standards for indoor air quality.
MSBA's green programs aim to encourage a high standard of sustainability for all MSBA-funded projects. The MSBA continues to monitor the effectiveness of its sustainable policies and make recommendations for improvement, with an emphasis on energy and cost savings, resulting in direct operational savings for school districts.
MORE Green Schools INFORMATION
- Green Schools Program Policy
- Project Advisory 81
- Sustainable Building Design Guidelines and Policy Recommendations
- LEED for Schools Information
- Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NE-CHPS) Information
Follow this link to a timeline of building code and energy code advancement in Massachusetts, with a goal of decreasing energy consumption and Net Zero Energy buildings and the corresponding changes in the MSBA Green Schools Program to ensure schools are leading the way.