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Lake Washington School District will debut new sustainable classrooms next week



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Lake Washington School District is kicking off the school year a little greener: they're opening thirteen new SAGE classrooms, modular spaces designed with abundant natural daylight, increased energy efficiency, no- or low-VOC material use, and a steel floor to increase portability.

The SAGE classrooms – Smart Academic Green Environment – were designed as part of a joint project between Portland State University, Blazer Industries, and Pacific Mobile Structures; the goal of the classrooms' design was to create a less toxic, more sustainable portable classroom, given the flux that many schools experience in classroom sizes and student populations.

The classrooms' design focuses on taking advantage of natural environmental factors to keep the cost of the modules low; the classrooms are designed to make use of occupants' body heat as a heat source; an Energy Recovery Ventilator provides boosted air exchange in and out of the classroom. The rooms also emphasize natural ventilation by keeping windows operable and installing a solar-powered ventilator. With low-profile steel floors that sit close to the ground, classrooms are designed for increased portability to encourage reuse of the space.

Lake Washington School District is the second school in the Seattle area to open SAGE classrooms, after Edmonds led the way last year. 

To learn more about the SAGE classroom, check out sageclassroom.com

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