England set for first zero carbon school
England is set to have its first zero carbon school – Hackbridge primary in Sutton, London - according to the Guardian. Hackbridge has installed solar panels, heat pumps and insulation, helping it meet the Passivhaus Plus low-energy design standard.
However, of the 260 schools rebuilt or replaced across England between 2015-19 in the first phase of the Government’s building programme, only a small number installed renewable energy technology. The situation is similar for the further 277 schools being refurbished in the second building phase to 2021.
The Department for Education reportedly does not include renewables in its recommended designs within the school building programme.