Achieving Sustainability in School Refurbishment

22-04-2024

Schools seeking to minimise their environmental impact on the Earth’s dwindling resources are increasingly promoting eco-friendly practices in their refurbishment projects. Not only does this contribute to a healthier environment, but it also sets an example for students when it comes to reducing their carbon footprint. In this blog, we’ll explore some effective strategies for achieving sustainability in school renovations.

  • Energy Efficiency: Implementing measures such as upgrading lighting systems to LED, installing energy-efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) systems and enhancing insulation will reduce energy consumption, as well as significant cost savings over time.
  • Water Conservation Measures: Specifying water-saving fixtures such as dual-flush toilets and low-flow aerated taps, as well as installing rainwater harvesting systems for irrigation and non-potable uses, will help schools reduce wastage of this valuable resource. It will also encourage responsible use among students and staff, providing visible insights into measures they can incorporate into their own lives away from the school.
  • Sustainable Landscaping: Incorporating drought-tolerant plants into the landscape will reduce water consumption, while the use of permeable paving materials and rain gardens can help manage stormwater runoff and reduce pollution of waterways. Additionally, installing green roofs not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the school but also provides opportunities for environmental education and biodiversity conservation.
  • Green Building Materials: Choosing eco-friendly building materials with recycled content, from sustainable resources, or those with low embodied energy is a great way to reduce our environmental impact, as is specifying sustainably sourced wood.
  • Healthy Indoor Environment: Improving indoor air quality can be achieved by implementing proper ventilation systems, using low-VOC paints, and incorporating indoor plants for natural air purification. Additionally, maximising natural daylight through skylights, providing access to outdoor spaces, and installing operable windows can improve the overall learning environment as well as promote natural air circulation and reduce the need for energy-hungry mechanical ventilation.
  • Renewable Energy Integration: Installing solar panels or utilising wind turbines can help schools generate clean renewable power on-site, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and lowering carbon emissions.

At Pinnacle, we recognise the importance of reducing our carbon footprint through the responsible, sustainable use of the Earth’s limited resources. As part of our ongoing transformation, we are committed to providing FF&E solutions that are Net Zero; and fully support the aspirations of modern building design in creating an environment that is more environmentally friendly to the Earth.

Find out more about our sustainability strategy, or  contact us, to discuss how to successfully make your school more sustainable.