Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Design guidelines (139)

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Building Type Basics for Elementary and Secondary Schools

Provides the essential information needed to initiate designs for preschools and kindergartens as well as elementary, middle, and high schools. Filled with project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections, and details, it combines in-depth coverage of the structural, mechanical, acoustic, traffic, and safety issues that are unique to school buildings with the nuts-and-bolts design guidelines that will start any project off on the right track and keep it there through completion.
Categories: Design guidelines
Country: United States
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Building & Renovating Schools

Provides guidance to building and renovating schools that covers every step of the process – from initial planning, needs assessment and design, right through moving into the new facility. An essential resource for anyone concerned with new school construction or renovation, including architects and engineers, facility managers, school administrators, building committees, community leaders, and anyone else who wants to ensure that the project meets the schools’ needs in a cost-effective, timely manner.
Categories: Funding guidelines for schools, Design guidelines
Country: United States
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Informal Learning Spaces and the Institutional Mission

Discusses informal spaces as places of learning and how this concept could influence the design of educational buildings.
Categories: Design guidelines
Country: United States
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Can the Physical Environment have an Impact on the Learning Environment?

Argues in favour of challenging "best practice" by embracing a responsive design approach for creating learning environments that focuses on the role of the social environment and how the physical environment may be structured to support learning.
Categories: Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
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Primary School Buildings, Standards, Norms and Design

Establishes primary school building standards and norms, the design criteria, facilities requirements and way of estimating building costs for primary education institutions in Bhutan.
Categories: Legislation and regulations and standards, Cost management and estimations, Design guidelines
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The Learning Environment - Do school facilities really reflect a child's education?

Explores how the physical condition and design of school facilities can shape a child's learning experience.
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Educational Facilities and Risk Management: Natural Disasters

Examines the economic analysis of educational projects arguing that building human capital is key to European well-being. Addresses specific performance indicators for educational projects. with a view to making better use of physical resources for education, and the design and equipment of physical facilities for education.
Categories: Legislation and regulations and standards, Design guidelines
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Keeping Schools Safe in Earthquakes

Focuses on the role that schools play in the community and the importance of building new ones or retrofitting existing ones to provide maximum protection to school users and the physical infrastructure in the event of a natural disaster. Recognises the role that schools play as both a place for education but also a place of refuge in the event of crisis.
Categories: Legislation and regulations and standards, Design guidelines
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Getting it Right - Functional Elements

Describes the elements of design which allow a space to function more effectively for learning. providing specifications for ventilation, acoustics, light, ceiling height, flooring, walls and environmental factors.
Categories: Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: Australia
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Quality Criteria for Efficient Learning Environments in School Buildings

Based on content analysis of related literature, this paper gives a brief outline of the set of quality criteria (and their context) used by the project "Educating Spaces" of the Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development.
Categories: Strategic planning, Design guidelines
Country: Hungary