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

The 2014 CA-CHPS Criteria has been updated 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.

Beginning January 1, 2017, all new projects must use the 2014 CA-CHPS Criteria (2016 Title 24 Update).

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.

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