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High-Performance School Buildings Program

 

State-funded school construction projects greater than 5,000 square feet are required by Chapter 39.35 RCW – High Performance Public Buildings to incorporate high-performance features into their school design and construction. School districts can use either Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). WSSP is modeled after the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) green building protocol and adapted to reflect characteristics that optimize high performance in Washington schools. WSSP is a self-certifying standard developed to help school districts comply with the goals of the law. It is a planning tool that allows designers to plan a high-performance school while considering the regional, district, and site-specific possibilities and constraints for each project. The categories in the protocol include those related to Site, Water, Materials, Energy, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Planning and Operations.

Certified High-Performance School Projects
A list of new and modernization school projects that are self-certified, designed to meet the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) or LEED certified by USGBC. This list only includes school projects that received partial state funding through the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) at OSPI.

High-Performance Guidelines for School District Buildings
A school district guide to quickly determine applicability and compliance requirements with high-performance standards.

Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP)
WSSP is the green building guide for new and modernization school construction in Washington. Credits, in six major environmental categories, include those that are required and earn no points, as well as optional point-earning credits. The guide includes links to code standards, examples of credit compliance calculations, the WSSP submittals embedded in the D-Form process, and annual reporting requirements.

For projects receiving OSPI (D4) approval after July 1, 2015

  • WSSP 2015 Edition (Released April 15, 2015) (PDF)
  • 2015 Workplan (Excel) – Use the Workplan for D9 and D11 submittal. This file contains the scorecard, the cost analysis sheet, design and administration fees, as well as credit calculation worksheets.
  • 2015 Scorecard (Excel) – The scorecard, or checklist, includes a yes, no, and maybe column to document credit goals at D5.

For projects receiving OSPI (D4) approval starting November 15, 2010

  • WSSP 2010 Edition (Released October 2010) (PDF)
  • 2010 Workplan (Excel) – Use the Workplan for D9 and D11 submittal. This file contains the scorecard, the cost analysis sheet, design and administration fees, as well as credit calculation worksheets.
  • 2010 Scorecard (Excel) – The scorecard, or checklist, includes a yes, no, and maybe column to document credit goals at D5.

Credit Interpretation Library (PDF)
Starting June 1, 2014 OSPI is publishing credit interpretations. The library list will include the background, the request, and the interpretation in WSSP category and credit order. It will be updated every quarter (September, December, March, June).

Annual Reporting
This workbook is used for annually reporting energy use, water use and operational observations for five years following occupancy of board acceptance. Annual reports are due to OSPI in March. Districts are encouraged to complete the WSSP annual report at the same time they complete APP.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)

High Performance School Buildings Report to the Legislature
In even-numbered years, beginning in 2006 and ending in 2016, OSPI is required to consolidate all of the school district reports on high-performance credits earned, project costs of compliance, and annual operating observations into a single report to the legislature.

For more information on High-Performance Schools:

Nancy Johns, Coordinator, High Performance Schools
School Facilities and Organization, OSPI
Nancy.Johns@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-4973

 

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