Monday, September 12, 2011

The UK's Sandal Magna Community Primary School

The Sandal Magna Community Primary School in Wakefield, England is one of the UK's most carbon efficient schools. Designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, the complex incorporates reclaimed materials, energy conservation, and renewable energy. The school recently won the RIBA award for both its green efforts and its unique looks.

Wigglesworth then re-used the original bricks to build elements for the new Sandal Magna. The school was also constructed largely from sustainable timber. The original Victorian bell even hangs in the new tower.

The school's roofs allows for ventilation and natural lighting and its energy saving features educate students while they save electricity. A rainwater harvesting system and photovoltaic solar paneling is laid on the roof, and provides power to a ground source heat pump that heats water and provides the school’s temperature control.

In addition to a regular curriculum, the students will learn the importance of energy efficiency, and raising their own produce. The students each have their own garden behind the school which is used to raise fruits and vegetables.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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