MARCH 2011

Gen7 classrooms CHPS verified

The Gen7 green classrooms, installed at Bolsa Knolls Middle School in Salinas, California, have become the nation’s first modular classrooms to receive Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS®) Verified recognition for new school construction. They are only the second school in California to successfully complete the CHPS Verified review process.

The Gen7’s features underwent a rigorous third-party review of compliance with the California CHPS criteria school rating system, ensuring that the new school meets the highest green building standards for health, comfort and environmental sustainability. Designed and built to provide both a superior learning environment and a durable, cost-effective structure, Gen7 classrooms exceed standard building codes in energy use and indoor air quality, while substantially reducing operating and maintenance costs.

“The Gen7 classroom proves that a prefab structure can achieve the same desired high performance results as a conventional building,” said Bill Orr, CHPS executive director.

The 5,760 sq. ft. facility was designed and installed in a little over 60 days, adding 6 permanent classrooms to meet the needs of sixth- and seventh-graders. The Gen7s are constructed almost entirely of recycled and recyclable materials, low- and no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) interiors and learning-enhancing acoustical design and climate control. Insulation in walls and roof reduce noise and minimize heating and cooling loss. Energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems combine thermal comfort with innovative smart lighting and daylight harvesting to make each classroom a model of energy efficiency, exceeding California Title 24 Energy Code by more than 30 percent.