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.