Students at a primary school in the Scottish Highlands are also reducing their classrooms’ carbon footprint. But rather than getting their hands dirty, they are using their own body heat.
At Acharacle Primary School in Ardnamurchan, Lochaber, the lights automatically go on and off as needed, and monitors read temperatures and humidity levels.
Students, staff and computers generate heat at this innovative institution, which has won several awards for its commitment to sustainable living. The monitors in every room also display levels of daylight and carbon dioxide. The windows open automatically if it is too
warm or if there is too much carbon dioxide in the air, and the blinds come down when it is warm to prevent overheating.
It’s a timber-based school and no toxic elements were used to put it (and the furniture) together. The paint itself is fruit-based. A nearby wind turbine creates energy to heat water, and rainwater harvesting is the basis of the school’s sanitation programme.
Category: Autumn 2016