7x7x7: Design Energy Water

In 2015, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) launched an initiative to highlight ways to improve the built environment while simultaneously greening California’s aging school facilities with design concepts that will reduce energy and water consumption at campuses across the state. The initiative, dubbed 7x7x7: Design Energy Water, engaged seven noted architectural firms to develop seven case studies in sustainable school design, for seven representative school campuses.

DSA would like to thank Aedis Architects, DLR Group, Ehrlich Architects, Hamilton + Aitken Architects, HGA, Lionakis, and WRNS Studio for their participation in this initiative.

DSA would also like to thank Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, XL Construction and Neff Construction for their contributions to 7x7x7.

DSA's partners in this initiative included the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC).

For more information, check out the 7x7x7 website!

7 by 7 by 7 design energy water website 

10/19/15 Press Release: State Architect Launches Initiative to Save Water and Energy at Public Schools (PDF)

Water Conservation

California is experiencing the worst drought in our state’s history, and Governor Brown asked every Californian to use water wisely during this difficult time.

DSA joins with school districts and community colleges, in leading by example in water conservation and water efficiency efforts. DSA created an infographic (PDF - 512 KB) as a water conservation resource for schools and community colleges to share with students, staff, landscapers, and janitorial crews.

DSA’s proposed regulations to reduce outdoor water use for landscape irrigation by public schools and community colleges have been approved. Effective January 1, 2016, applications received by DSA are subject to the Outdoor Water Use regulations. For more information:

Additional Water Conservation Resources

Sustainability Guidelines and Technical Resources

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is committed to helping clients create sustainable educational facilities and supports sustainability efforts through the adoption of the following guidelines and technical resources.

Additional Green Resources