State-funded school construction projects greater than 5,000 square feet are required by chapter 39.35 RCW to incorporate high-performance features into their school design and construction. School districts can use either Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 or Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) 2010. The Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) is modeled after the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) green building protocol and adapted to fit 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.
School facility stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft 2015 Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP). The update incorporates changes in the building codes, differentiates compliance requirements of new facilities and modernizations, and adds additional optional points.
The draft 2015 WSSP and comment template are posted below. To comment, you can use the template or send an email identifying the area of the protocol your comments pertain to and your suggested changes or concerns.
The comment period is open through March 6, 2015.
Please send comments to HPSBP@k12.wa.us.
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.
A school district guide to quickly determining applicability and compliance requirements with high-performance standards.
The Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) is the tool 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.
Starting June 1, 2014 OSPI is publishing credit interpretations. The library list will include the background, the request, and the interpretation in WSSP 2010 category and credit order. It will be updated every
quarter (September, December, March, June).
2010 WSSP Documents
(Projects that received OSPI funding approval (D-4) after November 15, 2010
will use the 2010 edition of the WSSP.)
- WSSP 2010 Workplan (Excel)
The workplan is one Excel file with the scorecard, costing sheet, and several credit worksheets in separate tabs.
- WSSP 2010 Scorecard/Checklist (Excel)
The checklist, or scorecard, includes a yes, no, and maybe column to document credit goals at D5.
- WSSP Annual Reporting Workbook (Excel). This form is used for both versions of WSSP, and is designed to keep adding the data every year for five years.
2006 WSSP Documents (use these documents if the project was designed using the 2006 WSSP)
- WSSP 2006 Criteria (PDF)
- WSSP 2006 Workplan (Excel)
The workplan is one Excel file with the scorecard, costing sheet, and several credit worksheets. Use only if the project used the 2006 WSSP.
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.
Other High-performance documents
A comparison of the LEED 2009 to WSSP 2010 checklist (Excel). This document compares the prerequisites and credits of LEED 2009 to WSSP 2010. The prerequisites and credits are aligned to make it easier to see the similarities and the differences of each standard.
The High-Performance Public Buildings Act was signed into law in 2005.
For school buildings, the goal of this law is to build high-performance
schools that will improve student achievement and occupant comfort,
reduce long-term costs, and preserve environmental resources.
State-funded school construction projects are now required to incorporate high-performance features into their school design and construction. All major facility projects of public school districts receiving any funding in a state capital budget must be designed and constructed to at least the LEED silver standard or the Washington Sustainable School Protocol (WSSP).
For more information on High-Performance
Nancy Johns, Coordinator, High Performance Schools
School Facilities and Organization, OSPI