January 3, 2011

High Performance Schools

High Performance Incentive
Proposition 1D set aside $100 million in incentives for the High Performance Initiative (HPI) for schools. Optimized Energy provides a complete High Performance Incentive review for K-12 schools in the design process for both new construction and modernizations. Once the review is complete, Optimized Energy submits the school to the Department of the State Architect (DSA) to apply for HPI grant money.

The HPI review covers a number of efficiency criteria such as:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Sustainable Building Practices
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Recycling

Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
The Collaborative for High Performance Schools is a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve schools nationwide, making them energy efficient, healthy, safe environments to learn. CHPS provides schools and design professionals with resources for designing and operating efficient schools, including an established best practices manual and a rating program. The CHPS rating structure is the platform on which the HPI program was built.