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Cool Classrooms: Hawaii’s Path for Comfortable, Equitable Schools

AIA Conference of Architecture 2023

Jun 01, 2023

Heat has been a challenge in Hawaiian schools for decades. To cool classrooms while decreasing energy loads, Hawaii’s Department of Education embarked on a statewide heat abatement program. Targeting all 256 schools in the state, the effort prioritizes those in most need of relief, with the ultimate goal of renovating all public schools to foster world-class learning.

Join presenters, Steve Gross, PE, Principal, Interface Engineering and Pauline Souza, LEED Fellow, FAIA, WELL AP, LFA, Partner, Director of Sustainability, WRNS Studio as they provide a toolkit of passive design strategies that can be employed to create comfortable classrooms and ensure equitable access to quality public education.

Earn 1.00 LU/HSW/GBCI/RIBA for this 60-minute presentation.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Moscone South
Room 151


  1. Discover how school design plays a key role in helping communities and states provide equitable access to a quality public education.
  2. Determine a cooling approach that makes the most sense for schools.
  3. Understand the importance of air movement in naturally conditioned spaces and learn how to achieve thermal comfort by employing cooling strategies that require little to no electricity.
  4. List at least four passive strategies that can effectively control heating and occupants’ comfort in the classroom.

The AIA Conference on Architecture is where the AEC industry gathers to define the future, design it, and connect across industries to build it. The designed world is getting more complex. A’23 delivers the path forward. Acclaimed architects, designers, building product manufacturers, and allied professionals deliver best-in-class continuing education.

Learn more about the conference here: AIA Conference on Architecture 2023

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