Working with the DfE, the Active Building Centre (ABC) will measure the energy produced from schools built to new design concepts. The new design standards support the use of technology and techniques such as solar walls and panels, hot water pumps, and energy storage or release.
Keeping capital cost low has previously been a barrier to building more sustainable schools. The new design concept will support a reduction in energy use which will, in turn, reduce running costs for schools. The kit of parts manufacture and assembly also has the potential to reduce supply chain and labour costs. The project will track cost savings.
This project was conceived to help meet 2050 Net Zero targets and to inform new design standards, from which future schools will be built, will actively promotes more sustainable, reduced-carbon schools. The new design concept promotes active energy buildings that can store, reduce or generate some of their own energy and store it where appropriate. The kit of parts manufacture and assembly processes can reduce emissions through an efficient supply chain, reduced materials and reduced transport. The project will track carbon reductions.
There is growing evidence that buildings that provide good quality environments including access to green space and excellent air quality are better for healthy and productive outcomes and promote wellbeing. This new design concept will promote healthier spaces to learn
Department for Education (DfE) aims to build up to 200 new schools a year to provide enough places for pupils and renew existing buildings. The new design concept supports more efficient processes and techniques that will improve the time, labour and cost involved in school builds. This in turn has the potential to increase productivity. The project will track productivity.
Department for Education (DfE) aims to build up to 200 new schools a year to provide enough places for pupils and renew existing buildings. The new design concept supports more efficient processes and techniques that will improve the time involved in school builds. The project will track time savings.
Concepts derived from the design developed in this project will be applied to the next DfE procurement framework (~£2.5bn in FY21/22). Its digital format means the designs can be used by other Government departments that procure buildings, to share best practice and be more quickly adopted.
The net-zero design model will highlight the specifications required in future procurements to achieve low emissions. It will also support the construction of learning spaces that promote mental and physical health. This will ensure that the whole-life value metrics that matter the most to school users are applied, measured and monitored to help us reach 2050 Net Zero targets.