CA-CHPS v2.0

CA-CHPS v2.0 is now open for use and registration. CA-CHPS v2.0 is the regular, 5-year major revision to the criteria. The soft release occurred April 30. 2021. The final release will occur when our new digital content platform is ready. Members can request a PDF of the soft release by emailing All others can download a PDF with general information and criteria requirements only or the public review draft, which also contains the criteria requirements only.

Note: The concurrency period for registering a project under the new edition or the old edition ends on July 31, 2021. Our new digital subscription edition of the full criteria and guide will be available early September.

Thank you to our CA-CHPS v2.0 Update Sponsor, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects of Santa Rosa, CA! 

The CA-CHPS Criteria is a flexible yardstick that defines a high performance school in California. CA-CHPS addresses integration, indoor environmental quality, energy, water, site, materials & waste management, and operations & metrics. School districts are encouraged to adopt the Criteria for their new and existing schools.


2014 CA-CHPS Criteria v1.03 - posted Nov 17, 2021

November 2021: CA-CHPS 2014 v1.03 published, incorporating by reference our interim addendum to assist projects registering after the 2019 CA Code went into effect and other real-time modifications on our Interpretations and Addenda page plus clarifications to EQ 15.1 and 15.2, see Errata pages at front of document.

CA-CHPS Criteria v1.02

The 2014 CA-CHPS Criteria was updated in 2016 to integrate the 2016 Title 24 energy standards and CALGreen mandatory measures, as applicable. For previously registered projects, the applicable Criteria version is based on the date of submittal to the Division of State Architect (DSA) or the registration date of projects with CHPS, as required.

Recognition Programs Available in California

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Incentives and Rebates
  • Proposition 39 – Local educational agencies (LEAs) are eligible for funding mainly based on district attendance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at existing schools. Prop 39 funds may be used to quantify associated non-energy benefits (NEBs) with the CHPS Operations Report Card.
  • Savings by Design – Incentives for schools to invest in energy efficiency as a major goal in their new buildings. Financial incentives up to $150,000 per project are available when the efficiency of their new buildings exceeding the program minimum savings through integrated design either using the whole building or the systems approach.
  • Existing Schools Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program - Technical assistance and funding by PGE, SDGE, SCE and SoCalGas for retrofitting existing schools to ZNE as a “proof of concept”.

In addition, DSIRE maintains a comprehensive database of Incentives for California, many of which can be applied to schools.