Green-certified schools typically cost more to build than conventional schools, and don’t always deliver energy savings, according to a USA Today report.
The newspaper says the Houston Independent School District — the seventh-largest school district in the nation — in 2007 implemented a series of energy-efficiency designs to achieve LEED certification for two new schools. These included automated light sensors and a heat-reflecting roof.
Last year, however, the schools ranked 205th and 155th out of 239 Houston schools in energy cost per student. A third “green” school built in 2010 ranked 46th.