Innovative Design compared the cost-effectiveness and benefits of LEED rating levels to other green building standards (including 2030 Challenge, ASHRAE, and Energy Star). The study also considered the most effective and energy-saving strategies for applying LEED to a specific owner and region. This analysis later served as the rationale for a LEED silver requirement in all new school designs.


After reviewing OSFC’s current building guidelines, Innovative Design developed additional specifications to achieve sustainable strategies in designing schools. The specifications are titled as GO SPEC (Green Ohio Specifications), and they are organized according to CSI Master Format to provide sustainable strategies division by division. GO SPEC also included detailed recommendations on the technical aspects, such as daylighting, solar hot water system schematics, rainwater harvesting schematics, plug load, and energy efficient kitchen equipment.

Daylighting Guidelines

Innovative Design
reviewed the Ohio School Design Guidelines and analyzed typical spaces in elementary, middle, and higher education buildings. Daylighting guidelines were developed for every typical space for 3 representative climate locations in the State of Ohio. A daylighting guide specific to Ohio was also developed as part of this effort.

Workshops & Reviews

Innovative Design
has been delivering general sustainability workshops as well as workshops on specific green strategies, such as daylighting, solar hot water system, and rainwater harvesting strategies, to school architects, engineers and OSFC personnel.

Innovative Design has been reviewing school building design plans and consulting with architects and engineers to ensure proper execution of sustainable solutions of GO SPEC. To date we have assisted 16 A&E teams with our OSFC Green Schools Initiative.
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Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Energy Efficient County facilities
Texas Sustainable School Design Guidelines
Guidelines for Energy Efficient Sustainable Schools
Sustainable Schools: Supporting Yout Education Mission
Green Building Design Components to the Greenville County Architectural Design Guide
Ohio School Facilities Commission Green Schools Initiative