Collaborative for High Performing Schools Releases Guidelines for Safer, Healthier Portable Classroo

September 02, 2009

By Rochelle Davis, Founding Executive Director

When one thinks of healthy, high performing schools, the last thing that comes to mind are the portable classrooms that so many schools use to address school overcrowding. Health problems that emerged for individuals who were housed in portable housing units after Hurricane Katrina highlighted the dangers — not just for the portable housing units but also for the portable classrooms. 

That is why I was so pleased to see the Collaborative for High Performing Schools (CHPS) release guidelines for these temporary classrooms.

These guidelines [PDF] include enhanced daylighting, energy-efficient lighting, energy-efficient, low-noise HVAC systems, an efficient building envelope and interior material with low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). And, they provide a database of product manufacturers that meet their guidelines. 

So, if your school needs to resort to these portable classrooms, be sure to following CHPS’ recommendations.