White Papers & Case Studies


From the Ceiling to the Cloud

From the Ceiling to the Cloud: How Intelligent Lighting Gives Credence to the Promise of Smarter Buildings and Classrooms

May 24th, 2016

This paper provides a background on the IoT revolution, describes key components needed to implement an effective intelligent lighting system, and spotlights San Diego Community College District in part by implementing their ultra-efficient smart lighting system.


Student Housing: Material choices for cleaner bathrooms and showers

Student Housing: Material choices for cleaner bathrooms and showers

January 14th, 2016

Find out how student housing bathroom surfaces can be major weapons in the fight against mold and mildew.


Safely Recycling Fluourecent Lamps

Safely Recycling Fluorescent Lamps

January 12th, 2016

This paper covers the essential elements for safely recycling fluorescent lamps including the dangers of mercury and exposure; the state and federal regulatory agencies which regulate mercury exposure; and the crushed lamp recycling process.


Flooring and Indoor Air Quality

Flooring and Indoor Air Quality - A Challenge to Common Misperceptions

October 15th, 2015

While controlling pollutants from raw materials and manufacturing processes is key to healthy indoor air, flooring offers an important opportunity to positively impact IAQ.


How Flooring Affects Acoustic Performance

How Flooring Affects Acoustic Performance

April 30th, 2015

Find out about the impacts that different types of flooring can have on airborne noise reduction, structure-borne noise reduction, speech intelligibility and reverberation time.


Life Safety, Security, and Operational Conflicts

Life Safety, Security, and Operational Conflicts

October 16th, 2014

Our world is full of threats. For the purpose of this paper, we will outline threats in schools and universities and how various life safety and security door hardware can reduce those threats. The buildings and systems we interact with everyday are designed to limit our exposure to the risk of fire, bodily harm and other such threats. We tend to take for granted many of the safety features afforded us by these systems, but nevertheless they influence our daily lives.


Trends and Ideas in Dorm Bathroom Design

Trends and Ideas in Dorm Bathroom Design

September 17th, 2014

Find out how residence hall bathrooms can be renovated not only to freshen and modernize, but also to bring them up to code.


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?


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.


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.


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."


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