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Yanwath Primary School unveils their brand-new, ultra-efficient eco-classroom

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 06, 2015 | Sustainability

The new zero-energy building at Yanwath Primary School will have a minus EPC Rating, as the building will generate more energy than it consumes thanks to its solar PV roof.

Its construction used modern materials and techniques, coupled with its full roof solar array, will almost certainly ensure that it's the most energy-efficient school building in the whole of north-west England.

The single-classroom ‘Schoolhaus’ building will generate clean energy and revenue for the school by producing solar energy that can be sold back to the grid.

Headteacher of Yanwath Primary School, June Venus, said 'Net Zero Buildings' innovative technology fitted in with our school ethos perfectly. Not only has it provided us with an energy-saving option, it has fitted into our rural location and helped us to further flourish as a growing school.

“The company made each step of the process painless, helping with funding options through to working with local builders and school staff.

“The school's focus on enterprise and the development of life and learning skills has underpinned its expansion and the development of our Early Years provision has been made possible by our new Schoolhaus building.”

Caroline Lucas MP, who officially opened a new Schoolhaus classroom at Varndean School in Brighton said: “To me, Schoolhaus ticks every possible box: environmental, educational, financial. It is at the forefront of environmental technology in schools.'

Inside the building

Commercial Director of Net Zero Buildings, Neil Gething, said: “We are immensely proud of Schoolhaus and the benefits they deliver on behalf of our clients. This summer our school projects included our first two-storey building and a new library. We have also embarked on our first venture away from schools with a new sports pavilion for the Hertford Cricket and Hockey Club which shows the versatility of our design.”

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