Educational institutions are often privileged to experience the latest in building technology. Why? because they are charged by their communities to be the most forward-thinking, progressive-minded groups. After all, they’re supposed to apply the latest technology because they develop it.
In addition, institutions of higher learning often receive massive donations and grants to apply the latest technologies. Even public schools are getting in on the green floor as they realize saving money on utility bills may be part of the solution to shrinking public budgets.
Under ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), over $48 billion was awarded to the Department of Education that can be used for construction and weatherization efforts by schools.
We can expect schools with passive solar technology, green roofs, geothermal heating and cooling, and even integrated photovoltaic generation technology.
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