Tag: education buildings

Only 20% of schools will be net zero compliant by 2050, warns EAC

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned that the Department for Education is at risk of not delivering on its own sustainability commitments and targets.

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“Schools need the right tools to use their heating systems more efficiently”

Robert Smelt, Director of BREng Hull, discusses how schools can best improve their energy efficiency, often in unexpectedly simple ways.

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Key lessons on decarbonising schools

With the clock ticking to decarbonise schools and colleges, low-carbon building services consultant BREng has identified key lessons from recent school projects, to help education estate managers plan their path to net zero.

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Seven schools to take part in decarbonisation pilot

Seven schools have been selected to take part in a decarbonisation pilot, led by the Department for Education (DfE). The pilot will see schools benefit from new low-carbon heating solutions, as well as improvements to the buildings fabric to make the school more thermal efficient, all procured through Fusion 21 frameworks. Where necessary, the schools’ […]

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Net zero calculator tool launches for higher education sector

A tool to calculate the cost of reaching net zero for higher education providers and further eduction colleges has been delivered by Energise on behalf of AUDE, BUFDG and EAUC. A report, The Cost of Net Zero, has been produced to support the calculator. Membership associations AUDE (the Association of Higher Education Directors of Estates), […]

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Schools needed for air quality study

UK schools are being encouraged to take part in an indoor air quality study. The Schools Air Quality for Health and Education project (SAMHE) – led by SEI York and Imperial College London – is looking for up to 2,000 schools to get involved. Schools will receive free air quality monitors which will measure CO2, […]

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Loughborough expansion achieves Passivhaus

A sports pavilion on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park has achieved Passivhaus Classic accreditation. Occupants of the SportPark Pavilion 4  can reduce their carbon footprint thanks to triple glazed windows that can be opened, an enhanced thermal efficient airtight building fabric, external solar shading and a highly efficient heat and ventilation system. Going beyond […]

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De Montfort University installs heat pump on roof

De Montfort University (DMU) has installed a heat pump on its Campus Centre roof. The heat pump, which replaced a gas boiler, is part of the university’s decarbonisation work. DMU has committed to the United Nations (UN) Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), putting sustainability at the heart of its operations and making campus greener. Paul Eccleshare, […]

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Net zero schools for Wales

Three net zero carbon schools will be built in Wales. The Sustainable Schools Challenge invited bids for innovative projects that demonstrated collaboration with local communities, including school pupils, in the design, delivery and management of the schools. Originally two winners were set to be announced, but Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has […]

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Welsh schools get energy-efficiency funding boost

Schools and colleges in Wales are to receive £60 million in funding to make buildings more energy efficient. The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has announced £50 million for schools and £10 million in funding for Further Education colleges. The funding will help schools and colleges with energy efficiency and decarbonisation priorities. […]

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Willmott Dixon appointed for Leicestershire net zero school

Leicestershire County Council has appointed Willmott Dixon for its first net-zero in operation school. The new £8.5m 210-place primary school is aiming for BREEAM Excellent, and Willmott Dixon is harnessing energy usage prediction modelling to help the school become net-zero in operation for both regulated and unregulated energy. Cllr Deborah Taylor, Leicestershire County Council lead […]

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Passivhaus school approved in West Sussex

West Sussex County Council and co-applicant Homes England’s plans to create a zero-carbon school have been approved by Mid Sussex District Council’s planning committee. The school will generate its own renewable energy on site and aims to be the first school in West Sussex to achieve Passivhaus certification. The school will be created at Homes […]

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