SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is a leading national movement to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by building the best possible schools, which means incorporating green building strategies.
Now, Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and solutions is serving as the exclusive industry sponsor to CHPS for the second year in a row, and will focus on the movement’s Operations Report Card.
The Operations Report Card is part of CHPS, which benchmarks and improves the performance of school buildings. Trane will also work to expand its reach of the CHPS Criteria, which focuses on new school construction and major modernizations.
“Trane is collaborating with CHPS to bring the Operations Report Card and CHPS Criteria to more districts and states so that more schools can achieve their goal of becoming high performance schools,” said Bill Orr, executive director of CHPS in a statement. “The solutions and methodology that Trane offers are closely aligned with the CHPS’ approach to high performance schools. Trane is not only a financial sponsor of CHPS, they are also an active collaborator and bring new tools and programs to schools across the United States.”
Currently there are 86 completed CHPS schools across America with another 300 schools underway in the U.S. seeking CHPS recognition.
Along with Trane there are over 225 organizations that are members of CHPS including utility companies, professional design and construction firms, product manufacturers, non-profit organizations, schools and school districts, and professional societies.
Trane is helping to support CHPS by including additional modules for the assessment of waste reduction and water use; better usability online and in the iPhone app, ORC Mobile; and a new look online and on the app. The Trane sponsorship will support a limited number of scholarships that will allow more schools to take advantage of this tool.
“We’re excited about this joint effort focused on improving student performance. Through the use of CHPS’ clear, metric driven building measurements, we’re able to leverage the 50 years of experience that Trane offers in delivering high performance buildings to create better schools,” said Rick Walter, Trane High Performance Building program leader.