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Hever School opens new energy efficient school building

The new classroom block has been designed and built by Net Zero Buildings

Posted by Lucinda Reid | January 22, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

Hever Church of England Aided Primary School in Kent is set to benefit from a new, intelligent, low-carbon school building, which has now been officially opened.

The new a 166m2 double classroom block is a Schoolhaus®, designed and built by Net Zero Buildings. It includes exceptional insulation and concrete foundations to minimise energy consumption. As an intelligent electric building, the Schoolhaus® also uses a state of the art heating system that minimises the amount of energy required to heat the building.

Schoolhaus® are constructed off site, meaning that the components of the building were designed and manufactured at Net Zero Buildings’ facility in Newmarket in Suffolk before being assembled on-site.

Modular design buildings such as the Schoolhaus® can be constructed much more rapidly than traditional builds – usually 25% quicker, but in some cases, up to 50% quicker. This means that Hever’s Schoolhaus® was built in just seven weeks – including its foundations – and was completed ahead of schedule.

Neil Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Net Zero Buildings, said: “This has been an excellent project and we’re incredibly proud of the finished building. The rapid assembly meant that we could keep disruption to teaching, school life and the local community to a minimum.”

“While it had a short assembly time, we’re sure it won’t have a short lifespan. The building has a 60-year design life, meaning that it will provide lasting benefits current pupils as well generations to come,” said Neil.

Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling,  added: “It was a huge privilege to open the new classrooms at Hever Primary School this morning and see again what staff, parents, governors and most of all children are doing to build a community and grow the roots that make confident, capable young people. There's nothing like opening new schools to realise the importance of community.”

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