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Healthy School Environments

Design and Construction

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New construction and renovation projects are good opportunities for schools and school districts to improve the health of the school environment, address areas of concern, improve classroom comfort and become more energy and water efficient. In addition, no matter how well-designed a building, poor jobsite construction practices can frustrate the best design by allowing moisture and other contaminants to become potential long term problems.

This section addresses the importance of good design and best practices in construction and commissioning. Following these guidelines can help school buildings perform to their fullest potential so that the children and teachers who work there can, too.

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