Evidence has accumulated that shows that the quality of indoor environments can affect the health and productivity of adults and children. One consequence is that a movement has emerged to promote the design of schools that have fewer adverse environmental effects. To examine the potential of such design for improving education, several private organizations asked the NRC to review and assess the health and productivity benefits of green schools. This report provides an analysis of the complexity of making such a determination; and an assessment of the potential human health and performance benefits of improvements in the building envelope, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustical quality. The report also presents an assessment of the overall building condition and student achievement, and offers an analysis of and recommendations for planning and maintaining green schools including research considerations.USGBC (United States Green Building Council). 2005. LEED-NC Reference Guide, Version 2.2. Available at alt;www.usgbc.orgagt;. van Someren, E.J., Kessler, A ., Mirmirann, M., and Swaab, D.F. 1997. Indirect bright light Indirect bright lightanbsp;...
|Author||:||Committee to Review and Assess the Health and Productivity Benefits of Green Schools, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2007-01-25|