Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Designed Schools in New Jersey, Assessment of the Learning Environment

Flynn, Joseph E.
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The research sought to examine the effects of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designed (Green) schools in New Jersey on the learning environment for those that utilize the spaces. For decades, there has been research related to how the environment will affect student learning. School personnel and designers continue to understand that the quality of school buildings have an impact on student health and learning. Classrooms that are clean, healthy, and properly lit allow students to be more comfortable and are focused on their studies. Therefore, in order to investigate the effects of LEED schools in New Jersey, those working in LEED designed schools and non-LEED designed schools were questioned to determine whether there is a significant difference in the occupant’s perception of their environment and the effect on learning as it relates to the type of building they work in. The research factors that were examined are lighting types, visual comfort, health and well-being, and the delivery of instruction. The questionnaire data was collected through Google Survey and was completed anonymously, focusing on background information, lighting, and heath related satisfaction, and the participant’s perception of the building’s effect on learning. The sample size was 10 newly constructed schools in New Jersey over the last 10 years, with 147 occupants completing the survey. The outcomes of this research allows for the future planning of the space that students learn in, so that design teams that are involved in future school designs will have evidence in the development of learning environments.
Joseph E. Flynn Dissertation