A version of the CHPS Criteria rating system for healthy, high performance schools is available across America. Known as US-CHPS, our national criteria is based on the CHPS Core Criteria and targeted to those states that do not have locally adopted adaptations. Integrated into US-CHPS are national benchmarks developed by ASHRAE, ASTM, and many more.

2014 US-CHPS Criteria

US-CHPS can be used off-the-shelf without additional customization or public comment in school districts and school projects in any region or district in the 37 states that do not currently have a customized version of the CHPS Criteria. Alternatively, US-CHPS can be used as a basis with limited customization in these 37 states.

Before you use US-CHPS, be sure to check out our Interpretations and Addenda page for real-time revisions that may not be reflected in the criteria document. 


New states may adopt US-CHPS for K-12 schools as is, or may add code requirements and/or additional relevant resources without an intensive development process or additional public review. US-CHPS is also a great way to pilot test or evaluate the CHPS Criteria against any state green building/school requirements or incentives.

Similarly, existing CHPS states can opt to adopt US-CHPS as is or as a starting point along with their previous CHPS Criteria.


Most of CHPS programs, including our recognition programs and our Operations Report Card, are for use across a school system or network. Public school districts, charter schools, and private/independent schools (with an independent governing board) may become CHPS members for free and adopt a CHPS resolution committing to use US-CHPS Criteria and/or the Operations Report Card for all of their schools.


US-CHPS may also be used for individual public, charter, and private construction projects. Projects must meet or exceed applicable code requirements for school construction projects within that particular state or local jurisdiction, i.e. covered by US-CHPS.

However, US-CHPS may not be used for projects in states covered by locally adopted CHPS Criteria -- currently California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Recognition Programs Available in the U.S.

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