DAYLIGHT – to create the best possible indoor climate within the building, the whole facade is kept in transparent or translucent materials. This is possible because large amounts of the building connect to existing facades, where there will be no heat transmission loss. Furthermore, a highly insulating polycarbonate climate screen is utilized that lives up to energy standards whilst letting in sunlight.
PASSIVE VENTILATION – With the high percentage of glazed areas and the continuous polycarbonate façade there is a real risk of overheating in the warmest months. This is countered by using natural ventilation. Two skylights in the roof open automatically when the temperature is too high. These are naturally also user-operatable and can be overridden.
FARMING – with the current focus on ecology and sustainability it has never been more important to integrate these elements in to the learning process of the children. Therefore it has been important to integrate the green wall into the addition, so the children can see where the food comes from. Apart from this, fruit bushes have also been thought into the landscape so the children’s senses of smell and taste can be stimulated daily.
DISASSEMBLY – When you build in an area experiencing heavy development, it is important that strategies for disassembly are integrated into the building process. This means figuring out how materials can move back into production flows, how things can be dismantled and where materials are sourced.
WATER HANDLING AND BIODIVERSITY – An important aspect of the environmental sustainability is the green roof. The green roof retains rain water and reduces the discharge of water to the sewers. Apart from this it also has an insulating effect and reduces thermal variation indoors throughout the year. Last but not least it has a positive effect on the local biodiversity.