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July 30, 2002

DOE Releases Energy Design Guidelines for Schools

DOE released six books on July 30th that complete the "Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools," a series of seven publications that will help school districts save millions of dollars on annual utility bills by designing energy efficient schools compatible with regional climates. The first set of guidelines, released in February, is tailored to hot and dry climates. The new books address the following climates: hot and humid, temperate and humid, cool and humid, cold and humid, cool and dry, and temperate and mixed.

DOE also released the "National Best Practices Manual for High Performance Schools," which provides engineering and architectural specifications and other details on how to apply the guidelines. See the DOE press release, and for the full guidelines, see the EnergySmart Schools Web site.