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White Papers & Case Studies


How Access Control Can Be a Target Hardening Measure

How Access Control Can Be a Target Hardening Measure

October 16th, 2014

Access control systems are a good baseline for creating safe learning environments. They not only provide an unobtrusive and effective security solution, but also offer K-12 schools a target hardening measure that can make it more difficult to commit crimes against people or property.


Polished Concrete and LEED v4.0 Certification

Polished Concrete and LEED v4.0 Certification

July 16th, 2014

This white paper covers LEED v4 for New Construction (NC) and Major Renovations, which has new categories, including some that a polished concrete floor can have an impact on.


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Cool Metal Roofing's Many Sustainable Attributes Generate Savings for Education Facility Managers

November 22nd, 2013

Cool metal roofing is a family of sustainable, energy-efficient roofing products comprised of unpainted metal, prepainted metal and granular-coated metal. It is available in a wide variety of finishes, colors, textures and profiles for steep-slope and low-slope applications.


From Outdoor Spaces to Learning Oases

From Outdoor Spaces to Learning Oases

July 25th, 2013

When it comes to education, outdoor areas are historically thought of for use in recreation and not a place where classroom learning can be done on a day-to-day basis. When learning does happen outside of the indoor classroom, it is typically a short-term solution (usually one day) and not seen as a long-term answer to learning. By stepping outside the traditional brick and mortar and into the already available green space, you'll find new and inspiring opportunities for learning across all age groups - whether it's elementary, high school or college.


Healthy Cleaning in Schools

Healthy Cleaning for Schools: Aqueous Ozone vs Traditional Chemical Cleaners

July 25th, 2013

Most consumers purchase cleaning products with only one thing in mind - cleaning. From a household perspective, we use a wide variety of cleaning products including soaps, detergents and bleach, along with other specially formulated cleaning products for various uses. This can be also said in the education sector where staff is constantly using various products to clean classrooms, offices, gymnasiums and other common areas.


Acoustic Primer for Music Spaces

Acoustics Primer for Music Spaces

July 25th, 2013

Music is learned by listening. To be effective, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and performance areas must provide an environment designed to support musical sound. It's no surprise then that the most common questions we hear and the most frustrating problems we see have to do with acoustics.


Three Critical Component Ignite Collaborative Learning

July 15th, 2013

Three critical components ignite collaborative learning and student excellence — technology, alternative collaborative tools, and staff. When it comes to fueling the education process, learning occurs most effectively using a combination of these three tools in a setting of collaboration between students and teachers.


Designing the Collaborative Learning Classroom: A Primer

Designing the Collaborative Learning Classroom: A Primer

December 27th, 2012

Experts say "We have moved away from lecture-based, classrooms. We are moving into a more authentic learning that parallels the work environment, if you will - we learn from each other. The instructional model that helps student learn is that of practicing the content, which is in a collaborative way, rather than in isolation. When we do the theory instead of hear the theory, it has application, and when we move instruction to an authentic environment where there are more simulations of real life experiences, the classroom becomes a very different space in which to learn and work and play and remember."


A Guide to ADA Signage & Wayfinding Basics

A Guide to ADA Signage & Wayfinding Basics

November 30th, 2012

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been in place for more than 20 years, with major revisions enacted in 2009. Since its release in September of 2010, the language outlined in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (SAD) has not changed. However, as of March 2011, the ADA gained teeth -- compliance is now required and enforceable on the federal level.


Powering Your Business Disaster Planning

Powering Your Business Disaster Planning

November 30th, 2012

Powering Your Business Disaster Planning white paper describes the key components of a comprehensive plan for administrators to ensure their organization will not suffer severe consequences as a result of a power outage. Factors leading to power loss, how to prioritize vital systems, and available methods of protection including surge suppressors, backup power (UPSs), and more are covered. In addition, multiple research studies and publications including the U.S Department of Energy, Frost and Sullivan, and the Electric Power Research Institute are cited.


Points to Ponder: Submetering for LEED v3 in Schools and Universities

Points to Ponder: Submetering for LEED v3 in Schools and Universities

November 9th, 2011

As an inexpensively installed data acquisition "front end," submeters are ideal for helping educational institutions obtain LEED certification points in Energy & Atmosphere (EA) and other categories. When integrated with the facility's building management system, submeters can identify savings opportunities that can help fund additional energy conservation measures or electrical upgrades. This white paper explores the various uses and benefits of submetering in the school facility environment.


The Five E

The Five E's of High-Performance Roofing

August 22nd, 2011

A truly sustainable roofing system is a protective, performance-enhancing umbrella that protects buildings from the elements, enables uninterrupted facility operations, and contributes to the health and productivity of the building occupants. For a roofing system to be considered sustainable, it must deliver the Five E's of high-performance roofing: Energy, Environment, Endurance, Economics, Engineering.