Every year, schools in the U.S. spend more than $12.5 billion on energy. By working with CHPS to ensure that our school buildings operate efficiently, the District can help reduce energy and water use while closing the funding gaps and creating better learning environments.
It is estimated that 53% of public schools need to invest in infrastructure repairs, renovations, and modernizations, and these vital upgrades are not getting done at the rate or scale needed to provide safe and productive learning environments for all students and staff.
There is no industry-aligned set of best practices for minor school building renovation projects. The existing certification programs focus on major new construction and renovation projects, leaving many of the smaller ones to fall through the cracks due to a lack of funding and resources. With the CHPS Minor Renovations Program, LAUSD is committing to taking the high performance practices used on larger school projects and applying them to smaller renovation projects. Together, CHPS and LAUSD aspire to make every school an ideal place to learn while minimizing impacts on our natural world and neighboring communities.
For 20 years CHPS has maintained its status as the nation’s only third-party building standard that was exclusively developed for K-12 schools. Now, CHPS is aligning with the growing needs of our public schools. Their new program is an important pillar for better school design standards. The program will cover all aspects of school buildings that affect student performance, including air quality, lighting, classroom temperatures, and more.
Los Angeles Unified School District is excited to announce its participation in this ground-breaking program. Together with other leading experts, CHPS will define the criteria and launch the Minor Renovations Program, and LAUSD is committed to participating in the pilot for the improvement and modernization of public school buildings. LAUSD sees how the Minor Renovations Program will benefit its students and offer a new way for all school districts to address their most pressing facility improvement needs. Together, CHPS and LAUSD can ensure the best practices that improve building performance, cut energy costs, and support student wellness and achievement are applied to building projects no matter their size.
“Los Angeles Unified stays committed to developing ecologically-sustainable infrastructure upgrades for our schools, which is why we require CHPS for new construction and major modernization projects. Expanding the program to include smaller renovation projects is a natural trajectory that will help further efforts to reflect high performance standards in our school buildings and infrastructure.” Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho