Thursday, December 01, 2011

Sustainability of Hi-tech Classrooms

One issue with the rush to re-equip schools, TAFEs and universities with computers is the energy and materials use this involves. The UBC Learning Space Design Guidelines (UBC, July 2011) Include a section on Sustainability (Section 5.05 of Section 5: General Design Considerations, Page 7). This specifies LEED Gold certification, for all new construction and major renovation. Computers and AV equipment is included in the LEED, but there are no separate specifications or targets set for ICT energy efficiency or materials use.

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