Sixteen percent of schools districts’ controllable costs are spent on energy, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). To help contain these costs, the group has released a new publication written specifically for K-12 schools, intended to help design teams construct energy-smart schools using off-the-shelf technology that can cut energy use 30 percent or more annually, its authors say. The Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings instructs architects, engineers, and others on how to use best design practices to create energy-saving buildings. Written in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating...

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