We worked closely with the project design team, client Devon County Council and University of Exeter to ensure the design of this school met exacting Passivhaus standards. This new build 420 place primary (plus nursery) was confirmed as the first Passivhaus certified school in the UK.
In order for the building to achieve “zero carbon in use” all CO2 emissions related to energy consumed within the building had to be offset by energy from a renewable source and the design underwent extensive thermal modelling.
After the first year of operation, careful monitoring confirmed that the building was zero carbon in use.
From the school’s perspective, its carbon neutral performance meant that the extensive savings from utility bills could be used to support future maintenance and constrained education budgets.