CHPS is changing the way we design, build, and operate K-12 schools!

The CHPS Criteria can help your school become energy, water, and material efficient, well-lit, thermally comfortable, acoustically sound, safe, healthy, and easy to operate. For those seeking recognition for building to CHPS Standards, we provide several different assessment tools for high performance school projects. Projects using these tools can be recognized as achieving high performance status. For new construction, new buildings, and major modernizations, CHPS provides two recognition programs: CHPS Verified and CHPS Designed. A third recognition program, CHPS PreFAB, is available for prefabricated modular classrooms.

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CHPS Verified™ and CHPS Verified Leader

CHPS Verified provides an independent review of projects, using the CHPS Criteria, to assess their high performance status. Projects that meet minimum certification receive a CHPS plaque, letter, and CHPS Verified Logo. CHPS Verified Leader provides a second, higher level of recognition for school projects that preform well beyond minimum eligibility requirements. 

CHPS Designed

CHPS Designed is a self-certification process. Projects use the same criteria and point scale as CHPS Verified to design and construct healthy high performance schools. CHPS Designed projects receive a small plaque and use of the CHPS Designed logo.


The CHPS PreFAB Program provides a streamlined process for pre-approving prefabricated modular classroom models that meet the CHPS Criteria rating system for high performance schools.

Eligibility for Recognition

New schools, new buildings, and major modernization/renovation projects can register for CHPS Verified and CHPS Designed. A major modernization/renovation is defined as a project in which at least four of the major building systems are replaced or upgraded. To see if CHPS Verified or CHPS Designed is available in your state see the table below.

School projects in the Northeast (Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut), New York, and Washington can register their projects with their local CHPS Licensee. Recognition in these states is at the discretion of the licensing organization.

State (click on the links to find out more about each state's criteria)CHPS VerifiedCHPS DesignedRegister with CHPS

Register with CHPS Licensee

US (any state not listed below)xxx 
Coloradox x 
Hawaii x x 
Massachusetts x x 
New York   x
Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont)   x
Washington   x