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06/27/2011

Six Cost-Effective Trends for Educational Facilities

 
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Business Interiors by Staples, a B2B division of Staples, Inc., has compiled six cost-effective trends and tips to help educational facilities meet and exceed goals.

The Tech Effect. Interactive whiteboards, laptops and tablets, among other technologies, can create a more engaging learning experience. However, inflexible furniture and overcrowding can stymie their adoption and impact.

With mobile furniture – arranged to support open, intuitive traffic patterns – schools can make the most of interactive whiteboard investments and ensure accessibility. Furniture and accessories that enable students to power up their devices also make sure laptops and tablets are put to good use.

A Bright Idea: Dim the Lights. As technology becomes more prevalent, lighting schemes in classrooms are evolving. By dimming lights and applying shades and blinds, schools can eliminate glare on computer screens, ensure visibility of interactive whiteboards and reduce eye strain among both students and faculty.

Focus on Floors. Floor maintenance continues to be a priority, as heavy traffic leaves its mark. By using stacking, nesting and mobile furniture, schools can reduce labor time and costs when clearing and cleaning the area. It’s also important casters and glides on furniture and equipment are appropriate for the flooring surface installed.

Hard glides are most effective on soft surfaces like carpet. In addition, Marmoleum, vinyl and vinyl composition tile (VCT) flooring is best preserved with hard felt or specially designed dual composition glides. When wear and tear becomes visible, the use of aftermarket, retrofit glides – which snap on and push away debris – can help schools protect their cleaned and resurfaced floors, and save on future labor costs.

Flexible Furniture. Flexibility is key for the increasingly popular multipurpose classroom. Consequently, schools are incorporating mobile and lightweight furniture – pieces which can be rearranged quickly and cater to different learning styles. Demountable walls also contribute to a flexible and dynamic environment.

Classrooms Outside of Classrooms. Many of today’s schools are looking to facilitate informal learning and extend collaboration beyond the confines of traditional classroom walls. As such, they can use furniture to create “casual tasking areas” across the building, where students and faculty can kick back, interact and collaborate.

A Green Guide. Improving indoor air quality remains a top priority as schools strive to create a healthy environment and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles gain traction. As such, it’s important to select furniture that doesn’t pollute the air by off-gassing formaldehyde or other irritants. By choosing products with GREENGUARD and Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Indoor Advantage certifications, schools can create healthy interiors for all occupants.

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04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
03/03/2014
In response to California’s worst drought on record, an overwhelming majority of voters favor strategies to stretch local water supplies, including recycling, rainwater harvesting, and efficiency measures, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
02/28/2014
The organizations released a letter urging the rejection of a proposal to repeal Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act.
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