Practical Approaches to Achieving High Performance Buildings

Jeff Yirak presented at the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) 2016 Annual Washington Chapter Conference, held June 8 through 10, 2016, in Walla Walla, Washington. Jeff presented with Kyle McLeod and  Jeff Tweeten of Bellevue School District and Shane Doig, CCP, CxA, LEED AP, of  Welsh Commissioning Group.

In their presentation, “Practical Approaches to Achieving a High Performance Building,” these four professionals discussed their perspectives about the challenges in developing high performance school facilities, what each project player can do to overcome these challenges, and how a project team can work together to accomplish the project goals. Read the presentation abstract:

Practical Approaches to Achieving High Performance Buildings

When funding is tight and facility system life-cycles are measured in decades, it pays to get it right the first time. But that’s easier said than done when there’s multiple decision-makers, competing priorities, and highly-tuned systems seemingly looking for opportunities to prove challenging.

In this session, a school district capital projects project manager, a commissioning provider, and an engineer will share their approaches to breaking down capital project cost factors, working together efficiently and effectively toward a common goal, and assuring project success throughout a facility’s life. They will provide examples, lessons learned, and suggestions that can be widely applied to a variety of school buildings.

View a PDF of the presentation here.

About A4LE

The Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI) is non-profit association that works to improve K-12 learning environments. “The Association for Learning Environments believes that:

  • Facilities impact the learning, development and behavior of the facility user;
  • The planning process is essential for quality facilities;
  • Sharing and networking improves the planning process; and
  • There is a standard by which to measure.”

This year’s Washington chapter conference theme was, “Cultivating Excellence.” Learn more about the conference here.

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