March 12-13 conference focuses on high-performance school buildings

Early-bird registration discount available

What design factors make a school a cost-effective facility where students and teachers have an extra advantage? The answers may come March 12-13 in Bardstown at the annual High-Performance Sustainable Schools workshop.

This hybrid workshop brings together designers and K-12 school leaders preparing for building renovations, new construction and lower operational expenses. Workshop sessions will include:

· Site visit to Foster Heights Elementary School, where a mechanical and electrical renovation led to a 99 ENERGY STAR score in a 56-year-old school building.

· Tour of Thomas Nelson High School, the first high school in Kentucky to qualify for ‘Designed to Earn the Energy Star’ and already exceeding performance expectations.

· Strategies for minimizing capital outlay for facilities projects and operating expenses once they are completed.

Approved professional development hours are available for AIA members, engineers and school leaders.

Registration is open now at There is a discount for early registration by March 2, and a special two-day per person rate of $125 when three or more people from one district attend.

The event is hosted by the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence and the Kentucky NEED Project in cooperation with AIA Kentucky.

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