With energy costs threatening to reach record levels this winter, schools and colleges from coast to coast are scrambling to find ways to enhance the efficiency of their physical plants. Researchers and architects are hard at work developing innovative ways to help educators lighten the burden of escalating fuel costs.

A private middle school in Washington, D.C., plans to use smart-building technology that will, among other things, shut off an air conditioner when a window is opened.

A new research center at the University of California, San Diego, is being


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