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CHPS Launches PreFab Program for Schools

Monday, February 29, 2016

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A new rating system designed for prefabricated modular classrooms for schools has been rolled out.

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) released the 2016 CHPS PreFAB Criteria and Program Feb. 22. CHPS, based in Sacramento, CA, is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to making every school an ideal place to learn.

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“The CHPS PreFAB Program is a game-changer,” said Tony Sarich, co-founder of American Modular Systems and Gen7 Schools. The manufacturer was the first to successfully complete the new pre-approval process.

The new PreFAB program offers a “streamlined process for pre-approving prefabricated modular classroom models that meet the CHPS criteria rating system for healthy, high performance schools,” the organization notes.

Strict Standards

Classrooms earning this designation meet stringent standards related to indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, materials, waste management and other sustainable attributes that help students learn and thrive while lowering operating costs, according to CHPS.

“Having a rating program that focuses on the unique aspects of prefabrication will help spread awareness and greater adoption of this efficient process on a national scale,” said Tom Hardiman, the executive director of the Modular Building Institute. Hardiman also served as a co-chair of a subcommittee of the CHPS National Technical Committee that worked to develop the program.

‘A Game Changer’

“The CHPS PreFAB Program is a game-changer,” said Tony Sarich, co-founder of American Modular Systems and Gen7 Schools. “The program makes it easier for schools to evaluate and select high quality, sustainable classrooms that are verified to perform at a higher level, not just in California, but across the country.”

CHPS also announced that Gen7’s 24-foot by 40-foot model is the first to successfully complete the new pre-approval process, and Morgan Hill Unified in the greater San Jose, CA, region is the first school district to register a CHPS project under the new program.

Models that meet the CHPS requirements will be listed in the CHPS High Performance Product Database and have a CHPS PreFAB product label.

For more information about the program requirements, visit


Tagged categories: Building design; Certifications and standards; CHPS; Collaborative for High-Performance Schools; Good Technical Practice; Green building; North America; Prefabrication; Schools

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