Many schools teach students the importance of sustainability and being aware of their day-to-day environmental impact.
Students don’t just learn from the various pedagogical approaches employed in their classrooms – they also learn from following and emulating models and examples in the world around them. So, it makes sense to ensure that your school buildings provide a physical environment that echoes the lessons students are taught within them.
Whether you’re building a new school building or refurbishing an existing one, there are plenty of opportunities to reduce your campus’s day-to-day environmental impact – and without breaking the bank. This blog explores a few ways you can do this.
Reducing your school’s energy consumption is one way to reduce its environmental impact. A simple place to start is turning off lights in rooms that aren’t being used.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to make switching off lights a student responsibility, overseen by teachers. Not only will this reduce your environmental impact (and energy bill) – it will also provide an additional learning touchpoint for students, and help to instil environmentally-friendly habits.
Where student involvement isn’t practical, automated lighting that adjusts to meet user needs can be used to achieve the same goal. Either way, a simple change like turning off lights can dramatically reduce your building’s environmental impact.
Another year-round energy saver for school buildings is effective insulation. This can be coupled with simple measures such as keeping doors closed, as this practice also helps to reduce the energy needed to cool and heat your building.
Insulation can be installed during your next building project, or it can be retrofitted during a refurbishment. Roofs, walls, and windows can all be insulated to help maintain a more even indoor temperature, while doors with self-closing mechanisms can also do their part.
Alternatively, keeping doors closed is another potential touchpoint for student involvement, helping to instil conscious attitudes around simple energy saving actions anyone can do.
When it comes to their environmental impact, not all building materials are created equal.
Generally speaking, using natural, sustainable, and recycled materials during builds and refurbishments can help to reduce your school buildings’ environmental impact.
Choosing durable and long-lasting materials can also help, as the impact of the materials’ creation and transportation is mitigated by the fact that they require less frequent replacement.
At Premis Solutions, we’ve worked on a number of building and refurbishment projects at school and university campuses across Australia. We can help you, too.
Contact Premis today to discuss your upcoming school project.