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White Papers & Case Studies


Polished Concrete and LEED v4.0 Certification

Polished Concrete and LEED v4.0 Certification

July 16th, 2014

This white paper covers LEED v4 for New Construction (NC) and Major Renovations, which has new categories, including some that a polished concrete floor can have an impact on.


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Cool Metal Roofing's Many Sustainable Attributes Generate Savings for Education Facility Managers

November 22nd, 2013

Cool metal roofing is a family of sustainable, energy-efficient roofing products comprised of unpainted metal, prepainted metal and granular-coated metal. It is available in a wide variety of finishes, colors, textures and profiles for steep-slope and low-slope applications.


Care and Maintenance

Care and Maintenance

November 7th, 2013

Appropriate Care Ensures a Solid Return on Investment... You want your facility's image to reflect your capabilities, and new furniture will greatly enhance that image. How will you keep it looking great and serving users for years to come?


From Outdoor Spaces to Learning Oases

From Outdoor Spaces to Learning Oases

July 25th, 2013

When it comes to education, outdoor areas are historically thought of for use in recreation and not a place where classroom learning can be done on a day-to-day basis. When learning does happen outside of the indoor classroom, it is typically a short-term solution (usually one day) and not seen as a long-term answer to learning. By stepping outside the traditional brick and mortar and into the already available green space, you'll find new and inspiring opportunities for learning across all age groups - whether it's elementary, high school or college.


Healthy Cleaning in Schools

Healthy Cleaning for Schools: Aqueous Ozone vs Traditional Chemical Cleaners

July 25th, 2013

Most consumers purchase cleaning products with only one thing in mind - cleaning. From a household perspective, we use a wide variety of cleaning products including soaps, detergents and bleach, along with other specially formulated cleaning products for various uses. This can be also said in the education sector where staff is constantly using various products to clean classrooms, offices, gymnasiums and other common areas.


Acoustic Primer for Music Spaces

Acoustics Primer for Music Spaces

July 25th, 2013

Music is learned by listening. To be effective, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and performance areas must provide an environment designed to support musical sound. It's no surprise then that the most common questions we hear and the most frustrating problems we see have to do with acoustics.


Three critical components ignite collaborative learning, student excellence

Three Critical Components Ignite Collaborative Learning

July 15th, 2013

Three critical components ignite collaborative learning and student excellence — technology, alternative collaborative tools, and staff. When it comes to fueling the education process, learning occurs most effectively using a combination of these three tools in a setting of collaboration between students and teachers.


Designing the Collaborative Learning Classroom: A Primer

Designing the Collaborative Learning Classroom: A Primer

December 27th, 2012

Experts say "We have moved away from lecture-based, classrooms. We are moving into a more authentic learning that parallels the work environment, if you will - we learn from each other. The instructional model that helps student learn is that of practicing the content, which is in a collaborative way, rather than in isolation. When we do the theory instead of hear the theory, it has application, and when we move instruction to an authentic environment where there are more simulations of real life experiences, the classroom becomes a very different space in which to learn and work and play and remember."


Powering Your Business Disaster Planning

Powering Your Business Disaster Planning

November 30th, 2012

Powering Your Business Disaster Planning white paper describes the key components of a comprehensive plan for administrators to ensure their organization will not suffer severe consequences as a result of a power outage. Factors leading to power loss, how to prioritize vital systems, and available methods of protection including surge suppressors, backup power (UPSs), and more are covered. In addition, multiple research studies and publications including the U.S Department of Energy, Frost and Sullivan, and the Electric Power Research Institute are cited.


Window & Door Contribution to Educational Institution Excellence

Window & Door Contribution to Educational Institution Excellence

October 29th, 2012

When designing a new educational facility or renovating an existing space, windows and doors present a golden opportunity to truly differentiate or enhance the project and to accentuate the aesthetics and performance of it. Building performance criteria has been increasing in stringency through both national building codes, as well as regional codes like those found in Florida, along the eastern seaboard and the Gulf coast. Educational facilities' designers, builders, managers and end users have become better informed, more discerning and more critical of a window and door product's performance, aesthetics and durability. Manufacturers have responded by developing and offering high-performing, aesthetically pleasing, architecturally correct and long-lasting products.


Campus Café or Multipurpose Space

Campus Café or Multipurpose Space

October 15th, 2012

Innovative design concepts can bring highly efficient, multipurpose activity zones to your cafeteria, extending the classroom and creating an interactive social hub. Improved effectiveness begins by understanding that food service spaces, which are an important part of the contemporary campus, are typically used for a wide variety of important functions. Research suggests that spaces with high visual interconnectedness and various setting types (varying from completely public and open to tucked away and private) encourage the interaction and collaboration, which are so important for a positive, productive and successful college experience.


Furniture for Active Learning

Furniture for Active Learning

July 15th, 2012

Active learning spaces can be created in most areas of the campus by using flexible, durable furniture customized to the specific needs of each functional space. This will ensure that the campus becomes an active learning zone, where educators can facilitate the students' natural desire to "power up, connect, hang out" and at the same time seamlessly engage all of the assets on campus to accomplish their educational mission.


Polished Concrete and LEED v3.0 Certification

Polished Concrete and LEED v3.0 Certification

March 20th, 2012

Concrete construction makes environmental, social, and economic sense. Because polished concrete floors can have a beneficial impact on all three areas, polished concrete can literally and figuratively be the foundation of a green building. This document outlines the benefits of polished concrete floors including improved thermal energy mass and the possibility of reusing existing building materials. It also provides detailed information for building teams pursuing LEED certification of a building project through LEED-NC v3.0.


Points to Ponder: Submetering for LEED v3 in Schools and Universities

Points to Ponder: Submetering for LEED v3 in Schools and Universities

November 9th, 2011

As an inexpensively installed data acquisition "front end," submeters are ideal for helping educational institutions obtain LEED certification points in Energy & Atmosphere (EA) and other categories. When integrated with the facility's building management system, submeters can identify savings opportunities that can help fund additional energy conservation measures or electrical upgrades. This white paper explores the various uses and benefits of submetering in the school facility environment.


The Five E

The Five E's of High-Performance Roofing

August 22nd, 2011

A truly sustainable roofing system is a protective, performance-enhancing umbrella that protects buildings from the elements, enables uninterrupted facility operations, and contributes to the health and productivity of the building occupants. For a roofing system to be considered sustainable, it must deliver the Five E's of high-performance roofing: Energy, Environment, Endurance, Economics, Engineering.