Renewable Energy for Schools

Howe Dell School

Howe Dell School, a 4,000 square metre building, has been developed with an ICAX IHT™ system that integrates an playground solar collector, a ThermalBank beneath the building as a hot store and a separate cold store. The scheme also uses the playground solar collector to pre-heat hot water for the school.

The IHT™ sustainable heating system complements a building design strategy for very low energy use to provide heating and cooling for the school.

The IHT™ installation has been commissioned by the Carbon Trust, as part of the Government’s drive for implementing renewable energy technology. The school is commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council as an exemplar Eco School using Renewable Energy.

Howe Dell School has produced Sustainable elements to list the sustainable technologies employed at the school in its bid to become the first zero carbon school in the UK.

Helen Raymond, Joint Head of Sustainability, Capita Architecture, has published an article in Sustain Magazine on how architects at Howe Dell managed to marry the environment with creativity: An education in design.

Howe Dell School is powered by Interseasonal Heat Transfer Press Release.

Interseasonal Heat Transfer

Howe Dell School is powered by Interseasonal Heat Transfer

Education for Sustainable Development

The eco-squad of children at Howe Dell School were involved from the start under the dynamic leadership of the head teacher Debra Massey, and they had a chance to comment on the original models and illustrations from the architects. Howe Dell School has been a big success from the sustainable point of view, not only physically but also emotionally and the school, which suffered some uncertainty in its previous location, is now substantially oversubscribed.

When Mark Jansen of Property Week published an inspirational list of Britain's 20 Greenest Buildings in June 2008, he included Howe Dell School as the second building on this list because of the inclusion of Interseasonal Heat Transfer from ICAX.

The building was part of the original DfES BREEAM pilot scheme and scored an excellent rating (the only building to do so) and aims to maintain that rating when it is reassessed.

Faraday Institute of Engineering and Technology

IET Faraday has the aim of introducing a new generation of children to the sheer excitement of science, technology and engineering. It has made a short film on Howe Dell School and Interseasonal Heat Transfer: Green School and a web page which explains Interseasonal Heat Transfer to children.

See also: Building new schools.

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