versions of the USGBC’s LEED® rating system include prerequisites
for minimum energy performance and for commissioning. These two
critical criteria, however, are not explicitly linked, and I believe
LEED certification may be more meaningful and effective if they were.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.