Green Schools Exhibit at the National Building Museum

Janet FieldArchitects, Education, Green Building, Industry Insights2 Comments

Green School Design

On March 3rd, The National Building Museum will open an exhibition on Green Schools. The exhibition will provide visitors with several examples of what is possible in green school design. Visitors will see photographs, touch samples and hear from people who have successfully turned their green visions into a reality.

The National Building Museum, located in Washington, D.C., is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to the history and impact of the built environment. Through exhibitions, public programs, and festivals the museum educates people on the impact that architecture, engineering, and design have on their lives. Attracting visitors from all over the world, the historic museum has been recognized numerous times for having the “best museum shop”, where one can find books about the built environment, educational toys, items for the office and more, all with an emphasis on design.

As part of the Green Schools exhibit, visitors will find featured on the front lawn of the museum  Sprout Space, the first ever high performance modular classroom available nationwide. Visitors can walk through Sprout Space and experience the design and green features first hand.


Sprout Space was designed to be used as a teaching tool with the ability to enhance curriculum. It is a 21st century modular classroom that uses cutting-edge green building strategies to reduce energy costs and is designed to enhance student learning. Healthy, sustainable and flexible, Sprout Space was constructed with student and teacher needs in mind. Made with healthy building material and a state-of-the-art ventilation system, Sprout Space meets the highest indoor air quality standard. It features large clerestory windows and glass doors for ample natural lighting, which has been proven to increase student test scores and teacher retention rates.


Suited for various teaching styles, Sprout Space is adaptable. It features changeable seating, an area for group collaboration among peers, and large doors and windows that afford access to the outdoors as expanded learning space. Other green features include integrated water collection, photovoltaic roof panels, LED lighting with sensor lighting control, and efficient heating and cooling systems. Award winner of the Open Architecture Challenge: Design the Classroom of the Future, Sprout Space offers a sustainable and affordable classroom environment that fosters healthy and effective learning.

The National Building Museum is located four blocks from the National Mall, at 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. Access to the Great Hall, historic building tours, museum shop and café is free. Admission to the exhibition is $8 for adults and $5 for youth, students and seniors.

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2 Comments on “Green Schools Exhibit at the National Building Museum”


    Sad to say that it is impossible at the moment to visit the mentioned museum. I am writing this from South Africa and would like to know if you are willing to share more information with us.

    Our firm are working on the design for a primary school and would like to it the Green Way! In the summer days temperatures can go up to 45 degrees.

    If you can point us in the right direction or bring us in contract with the right company to help, it will really be appreciated.



    Janet Field


    I want to tell you first that the Green Schools Exhibit goes from March 3- January 5, 2014, so if you have a chance to get to the states I encourage you to!

    Next, the Modular Building Institute it is an international organization that will likely be able to point you in the right direction.

    Best of luck!

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