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understanding chps

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) “Low Emitting Products” criteria Section 01350 was developed in California to oversee the nation’s first green building rating program especially designed for K-12 schools. Since its inception, other states have adopted CHPS. CHPS has similar principals to other green building rating systems. Within CHPS, paint products must be subjected to independent small chamber testing to measure VOC off-gassing after application.

Other states who have adopted CHPS:

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Washington
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont (pending)

All of these states have a CHPS criteria that has been specifically developed for the state climate building system. Please go to www.chps.net/national.htm for more details.

CHPS:

(Credit EQ2.2.1): Products listed in the CHPS Low-Emitting Materials (LEM) Product List have been chamber tested to meet the indoor air quality guidelines outlined in Specification Section 01350. Building materials are screened for use in a typical classroom based on compliance with emission levels of all chemicals of concern identified by the California Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). As of August 2003, OEHHA list identifies 79 chemicals, it is updated on an unannounced basis.

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