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Schools & Universities Report Health & Productivity Benefits from Green School Efforts, According to New McGraw-Hill



Schools & Universities Report Health & Productivity Benefits from Green School
    Efforts, According to New McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new report released
today by McGraw-Hill Construction entitled New & Retrofit Green Schools-The
Cost Benefits and Influence of a Green School on its Occupants, both K-12 and
universities are reporting significant benefits from their green school
efforts—both in improved child health, wellbeing and performance, but also
teacher and faculty satisfaction. These results are accompanied by reported
financial benefits from green school activities.

According to the study, nearly all K–12 school (91%) and university (89%)
respondents report that green schools have improved the health and well-being
of their students. Additionally, 70% of K–12 schools and 63% of university
leaders report green efforts as raising test scores of their students.

Leaders also report other benefits from their green schools efforts:

  o 83% of K-12 and 85% of university leaders report increased faculty
    satisfaction as a result of teaching in a green school.
  o Nearly a third (32%) of K-12 school leaders report reduced student
    absenteeism.
  o 48% of K-12 and 56% of university leaders who increased access to natural
    light and views into their classrooms reported increased student
    engagement.
  o 44% of K-12 and 51% of university leaders who included improved acoustics
    in their green projects noticed improvement in student attentiveness as a
    result of those improvements.

"As our leaders of tomorrow, our nation's children and young adults need
healthy places where they can learn and prosper. We also need active, engaged
teachers who can help facilitate this learning. This study reinforces the link
between green building practices and student and faculty well-being," said
Harvey Bernstein, vice president, Industry Insights and Alliances for
McGraw-Hill Construction. "These are powerful results and help to underscore
why we are seeing schools shift increasingly toward exclusively building and
improving their schools with green building practices and products."

McGraw-Hill Construction's Dodge Green Construction Outlook, drawn from
proprietary project data reported in November that 54% of education
construction was green in 2012—up from 30% in 2008, and it is expected to
grow, which reinforces the importance of this study and the benefits green
buildings can offer.

The report also includes opinions from the design and construction community,
and reports form their clients mirror the results from the schools and
universities directly. 85% of architects report a positive impact on health
and well-being from their green school projects, and 85% of them are
reflecting student mobility and health concerns into the design of their
buildings.

The study was produced with the support of the U.S. Green Building Council
Center for Green Schools, Lutron, Project Frog and Siemens. Survey and data
partners included the Council of Educational Facility Planners International,
The American Institute of Architects, Associated General Contractors of
America, Green Schools National Network, National Association of Independent
Schools, National Building Museum, Society for Colleges and University
Planning, and Second Nature.

This report is being released with the opening of the new Green Schools
exhibition at the National Building Museum (www.nbm.org). A press preview of
the exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 10 am to noon
at the Museum in Washington, DC.

To download the full New and Retrofit Green Schools SmartMarket Report, go to
http://analyticsstore.construction.com/index.php/new-and-retrofit-green-schools-smartmarket-report-2013.html.

About McGraw-Hill Construction: McGraw-Hill Construction's data, analytics,
and media businesses—Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record,
GreenSource, and Engineering News-Record— create opportunities for owners,
architects, engineers, contractors, building product manufacturers, and
distributors to strengthen their market position, size their markets,
prioritize prospects, and target and build relationships that will win more
business. McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers
through its trends and forecasts, industry news, and leading platform of
construction data, benchmarks, and analytics. To learn more,
visit www.construction.com.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies: McGraw-Hill announced on September 12, 2011,
its intention to separate into two companies: McGraw-Hill Financial, a leading
provider of content and analytics to global financial markets, and McGraw-Hill
Education, a leading education company focused on digital learning and
education services worldwide. McGraw-Hill Financial's leading brands include
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices,
J.D. Power and Associates and Platts, a leader in commodities information. 
With sales of $6.2 billion in 2011, the Corporation has approximately 23,000
employees across more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Additional information
is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

Media Contact: Kathy Malangone, Senior Director, Marketing Communications,
McGraw-Hill Construction, +1 212-904-4376, kathy_malangone@mcgraw-hill.com

SOURCE McGraw-Hill Construction

Website: http://www.construction.com
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