A high performance building workshop was held on Thursday at the Morgantown National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Educators and construction officials were able to attend these workshops that focus on school-related high-performance buildings.
‘High performance’ means a building is energy and water efficient, comfortable for the people who live or work in it, and highly automated.
The main focus is on k through 12th grade schools.
The State Energy Office is starting to recognize Energy Star, elementary and high schools.
This means the schools are in the top 25% of lowest energy use in the country.
“We’d like the opportunity to see a lot more of those. And this is really what the conference is about. It’s how do you lower the energy use of the school and maintain good indoor air quality.”
West Virginia currently has 14 Energy Star Schools.