v2.1 2015 TX-CHPS Criteria Now Available
Contains minor updates and clarifications from recent criteria interpretations and current practices. V2.1 is a bridge between v2.0 from 2015 and a planned update to v3.0 in the near future.
2015 TX-CHPS Criteria
The TX-CHPS Criteria has been updated based on the 2013 CHPS National Core Criteria. The 2015 TX-CHPS Criteria is organized into seven categories with 250 possible points, of which 200 come from the Core Criteria. The additional 50 points are designated to be assigned at the discretion of the state or region. The Texas Partner Advisory committee, led by Roy Sprague of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and Scott Harrison from TXU, has worked to allocate the regional 50 points to reflect Texas priorities and areas of concern. This process involved the elevation of 5 Core Criteria mandatory offerings to prerequisites and the inclusion of 8 additional credits, including those for water management systems, participation in energy incentive programs, and school community recycling programs.
In the new point structure, in order to qualify as a high performance school or school building (either CHPS Designed or CHPS Verified), a new school, a new building on an existing campus, or a replacement school must meet all of the prerequisites and earn at least 110 points. To be eligible for recognition as a CHPS Verified Leader, a new school or a new building on an existing campus project must earn a minimum of 160 points.
In order to qualify as a major renovation/modernization project, prerequisites shall be met based on the scope of the project and earn at least 85 points for designation as CHPS Designed or CHPS Verified. A modernization project must earn a minimum of 135 points to be recognized as CHPS Verified Leader project. Recognizing that renovation/modernization projects vary widely in scope and may be implemented in phases, the Core and 2015 TX-CHPS Criteria include a new High Performance Transition Plan credit for projects unable to achieve all the prerequisites and obtain sufficient points for recognition in the first phase of work, but can meet CHPS Criteria in an incremental fashion.
Schools that pursue TX-CHPS will be supported by CHPS and its Texas-based advisory committee throughout the design, construction, and operation process.
TX-CHPS ensures that Texas schools have access to appropriate tools and resources to build high performance schools, schools that can improve student and staff health, improve student performance, increase a sense of community, reduce environmental impact, and reduce operating expenses.
"Given the large amount of new school construction happening in Texas, it was imperative that a state-specific assessment tool be made available to school districts who want to invest wisely in healthy, high performance, green schools," said Bill Orr, executive director of CHPS. "The Texas CHPS Criteria, developed by the stakeholders who know the Texas school system best, will provide the state with a benchmarking tool for its new generation of healthy, high performance schools."
A Texas-based advisory committee, representing a broad range of school construction and operation stakeholders, developed TX-CHPS to meet the needs of Texas K-12 schools. The committee utilized the CHPS National Core Criteria and the work of other states to adapt TX-CHPS to the unique codes and regulations, climates, constraints, and local priorities of the state. The committee is also charged to ensure that the "spirit and stringency" of CHPS is upheld in the final adopted version.
Recognition Programs Available in Texas
Related Materials and Programs
Incentives and Rebates
In addition, DSIRE maintains a comprehensive database of Incentives for Texas, many of which can be applied to schools.