2016 New Hampshire High Performance Schools Summit

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Kingswood Arts Center at Kingswood Regional High School
396 South Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
United States

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2016 New Hampshire High Performance Schools Summit

Creating Healthy and Energy Efficient Learning Environments

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Click here to view the presentations. Thank you to all attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for a great event.


The state of New Hampshire is devoted to providing students access to the best possible school facilities. To achieve this goal, the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) are hosting a FREE, CEU-accredited, High Performance Schools Summit on November 9 at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, NH.

The physical environment in which students learn is vitally important to their long-term health and academic performance. High Performance Schools are energy efficient, easy to maintain and operate, environmentally friendly, and provide superior indoor environmental quality, leading to reduced operating costs and an overall improved occupant experience. One pathway to attain these benefits is through the use of the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NE-CHPS) Design Criteria. NE-CHPS can be used for new construction, major renovation projects or in a phased approach to put schools on the pathway to high performance.

Join architects, engineers, facility and energy managers, utility program administrators, school business officials and others for an interactive summit focused on exploring the multiple benefits of high performance schools and making the business case for your next school project.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available for this event. For more information, see the brochure and contact Lucie Carriou.





Time Session Description
8:00-9:00 a.m.

Registration and continental breakfast/Exhibit Hall open

9:00-9:15 a.m.


  • Marjorie Schoonmaker, NH Department of Education
  • Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Welcome Address

  • Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner, NH Department of Education
  • Mary Patry, School Business Administrator, Governor Wentworth Regional School District
9:15-10:00 a.m.

NH Department of Education Overview

Where are we now and where are we going? Highlighting the process of submitting building plans to the NH Department of Education, this session will also involve a discussion focused on building aid legislation.

  • Amy Clark, NH Department of Education
  • Marjorie Schoonmaker, NH Department of Education
10:00-10:30 a.m.

Networking Break/Exhibit Hall open

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Part One: Recognizing the multiple benefits of High Performance Schools and featured school projects

What impacts does a high performance school have on building occupants and district budgets? Benefits of building to high performance standards include, amongst other things, improved indoor environmental quality and reduced operating costs. In addition to raising awareness of the benefits of high performance schools, this session will also feature a round-robin style spotlight of specific school features that can be found in NE-CHPS. Part one will highlight the following sections of the criteria: integration, operations & metrics, indoor environmental quality and energy.

  • Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite, NEEP
  • Lance Whitehead, Lavallee Brensinger Architects
  • Neil Barry, Merrimack Valley School District
  • Jonathan Brush, Merrimack Valley School District
  • Ingrid Nichols, Banwell Architects
  • Paul Leveille, Resilient Buildings Group
  • Bill Root, GWR Engineering
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch/Exhibit Hall open

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Part Two: Featured School Projects

As a continuation of the session before lunch, part two will dive into the remaining sections of NE-CHPS: Energy and Engaging your Utility, water, sites & materials, and waste management.

  • Joe Lajewski, NH Electric Co-Op
  • John Balfe, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
  • Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
  • Ken Wertz, Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association
2:00-2:45 p.m.

Concord NH School Exemplars and facilitated discussion

In 2012, Concord School district built three new schools designed to meet NE-CHPS standards.  The district and the design team went through the integrated design process to determine the important goals for the project. The resulting buildings are some of the most energy efficient schools while also providing superior indoor environmental quality for improved learning. In this session, we will share the design experience as well as the energy data on how the buildings are performing.  Panelists will include design team members as well as the district building manager, and business administrator.

  • Matt Cashman - City of Concord Public Schools
  • Chin Lin - HMFH Architects
  • Jack Dunn - Concord School's Business Administrator
  • Chris Shumway - Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering
  • Moderators: Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite and Marjorie Schoonmaker
2:45-3:30 p.m.

School Tour

For this session, we’ll deviate from the typical conference workshop and explore a NE-CHPS Verified school. Led by the architects and facility management team, the tour will offer attendees an in-depth view of Kingswood Regional High School and its high performance features.

  • Mary Patry, Governor Wentworth Regional School District, School Business Administrator
  • Chip Krause, CMK Architects
  • Phil Custeau, Governor Wentworth School District








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