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High-Performance School Buildings Program

 

State-funded school construction projects greater than 5,000 square feet are required by Chapter 39.35 RCW – High Performance Public Buildings to incorporate high-performance features into their school design and construction. School districts can use either Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). WSSP is modeled after the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) green building protocol and adapted to reflect characteristics that optimize high performance in Washington schools. WSSP is a self-certifying standard developed to help school districts comply with the goals of the law. It is a planning tool that allows designers to plan a high-performance school while considering the regional, district, and site-specific possibilities and constraints for each project. The categories in the protocol include those related to Site, Water, Materials and Waste, Energy, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Integration, Education and Operations.

Certified High-Performance School Projects
A list of new and modernization school projects that are self-certified, designed to meet the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) or LEED certified by USGBC. This list only includes school projects that received partial state funding through the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) at OSPI.

High-Performance Guidelines for School District Buildings
A school district guide to quickly determine applicability and compliance requirements with high-performance standards.

Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP)
WSSP is the green building guide for new and modernization school construction in Washington. Credits, in six major environmental categories, include those that are required and earn no points, as well as optional point-earning credits. The guide includes links to code standards, examples of credit compliance calculations, the WSSP submittals embedded in the D-Form process, and annual reporting requirements.

Projects receiving state capital funds through the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) will apply the version of WSSP in effect at the time the D4 approval is issued. Projects receiving state capital funds through a direct appropriation or through another grant program will apply the version of WSSP in effect at the time of budget appropriation.

NEW WSSP 2018 Edition

  • WSSP 2018 Edition (Released 6/21/2018. Effective 6/21/2018)
    Highlights of the changes include:
    • Annual reporting: All schools will use Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) to report energy and water use for the 5 years of annual reporting. This change starts with the reports due in March 2019. Schools currently in the reporting phase will change from the WSSP Annual Reporting Workbook to ESPM. This change deletes the O & M observation section of the annual report.
    • Credit cost analysis: The credit cost analysis due at D9 and D11 is no longer required for a project using any edition of WSSP. A scorecard is required at D5, D9 and D11 for School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) projects. Refer to the submittal requirements of other capital-funded programs.
    • There are 21 points possible in the Integration, Education and Operations section. A project many earn all of the points.
    • There are new required credits and new optional credits.
  • 2018 Scorecard (Excel)
  • Credit Worksheets (Excel)

WSSP 2015 Edition Second Publication

  • WSSP 2015 Edition Second Publication (Released 3/7/2017. Effective 11/15/16) (PDF) WSSP 2015 with addendum #1 incorporated.
  • 2015 Scorecard Second Publication (Excel) – The scorecard, or checklist, includes a yes, no and maybe column to document credit goals and credits earned. Use the scorecard for School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) submittals at D5, D9 and D11. Use the scorecard for submittals required for other capital-funded, major projects according to that programs requirement.
  • Addendum 1 (Released 11/15/2016. Effective 11/15/2016) (PDF).

WSSP 2015 Edition

  • WSSP 2015 Edition (Released April 15, 2015. Effective 7/1/2015) (PDF)
  • 2015 Scorecard (Excel) – The scorecard, or checklist, includes a yes, no and maybe column to document credit goals and credits earned. Use the scorecard for School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) submittals at D5, D9 and D11. Use the scorecard for submittals required for other capital-funded, major projects according to that programs requirement.

WSSP 2010 Edition

  • WSSP 2010 Edition (Released October 2010. Effective 11/15/2010) (PDF)
  • 2010 Scorecard (Excel) – The scorecard, or checklist, includes a yes, no and maybe column to document credit goals and credits earned. Use the scorecard for School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) submittals at D5, D9 and D11. Use the scorecard for submittals required for other capital-funded, major projects according to that programs requirement.

Credit Interpretation Library
Starting June 1, 2014 OSPI is publishing credit interpretations. The library list will include the background, the request, and the interpretation in WSSP category and credit order. It will be updated every quarter (September, December, March, June).

Annual Reporting
This workbook is used for annually reporting energy use, water use and operational observations for five years following occupancy of board acceptance. Annual reports are due to OSPI in March. Districts are encouraged to complete the WSSP annual report at the same time they complete APP.

NEW All schools will use Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) to report energy and water use for the 5 years of annual performance reporting. This change starts with the reports due in March 2019. Schools currently in the reporting phase will change from the WSSP Annual Reporting Workbook to ESPM. This change deletes the O & M observation section of the annual report.

The EPA created Energy Star Portfolio Manager to give building owners a tool to measure and track energy, water and waste consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. It is a free, online tool used by a growing number of commercial building owners to benchmark their buildings. Using ESPM is easy if you follow the step by step instructions in the Benchmarking starter kit for Portfolio Manager. The kit includes a quick start guide, a data collection worksheet and a link to on-demand training.

ESPM properties must be "shared" with OSPI School Facilities and Organization (SFO). The share is initiated by sending a "connect" request to SFO once the property has been built and the initial energy and water use has been recorded. Property energy and water use is required to be updated at a minimum of once every year in March, but preferably every quarter.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)

High Performance School Buildings Report to the Legislature
In even-numbered years, beginning in 2006 and ending in 2016, OSPI is required to consolidate all of the school district reports on high-performance credits earned, project costs of compliance, and annual operating observations into a single report to the legislature.

For more information on High-Performance Schools:

Nancy Johns, Coordinator, High Performance Schools
School Facilities and Organization, OSPI
Nancy.Johns@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-4973

 

   Updated 10/24/2018

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