Skip to comments.'Eco-school' opened just 3 years ago already leaking so badly pupils have to go into temp classrooms
Posted on 09/12/2013 1:23:47 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
When it opened its timber doors three years ago, this £7million eco primary school was applauded for its environmentally friendly credentials.
It was heated by solar power and its plumbing system relied on rain collected from the roof, which was made of locally grown sweet chestnut.
Sadly, the zero-carbon building is not quite as sustainable as the designers had hoped.
In fact, thanks to a series of water leaks and mouldy walls, pupils are now being taught in tents erected in the school grounds.
The local authority in Devon has already spent £250,000 to investigate the problem, and plans to sue the architects. Without urgent repairs, it says teaching pupils inside the building could seriously damage their health.
Dartington Primary School, near Totnes, used to house students in a Victorian building but it reopened in 2010 as one of the first zero-carbon schools in the country.
The new site was praised for being stunning and extremely environmentally friendly. Its design featured four buildings made from sustainable timber, with solar panels providing electricity and heat.....
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“Stunning”: 1. Causing or capable of causing emotional shock or loss of consciousness.
So, there’s that! They just used the wrong definition of the word.
Meanwhile, Township schoolhouses here in Iowa, built in the late 1800’s with the crude building supplies available at the time by any volunteer with a hammer (and sans the input of an architect), are still standing and being used for a variety of purposes.
Nature fights back with a vengence. The sole asset of humanity is our ability to understand and master nature. If you cannot or will not accept that fact, then you are doomed to be just another piece of biological material in the food chain.
Much more eco-friendly to water and mold than to humans.
The local authority in Devon has already spent £250,000 to investigate the problem, and plans to sue the architects.
Ah! So refreshing to see the English are following the American path: squander prodigious large amounts of money, hire lawyers, blame someone else, and (presumably) ask the government for emergency funds for a worthy emergency cause.
Inexplicably, life is simpler when you don't do stupid stuff in the first place.
GE makes money in the United States in some areas on custom portable modular units used for classrooms that haven’t been built.
But those schools in Iowa were not built with a zero carbon footprint. So liberals would not be impressed that those old buildings are still in use.
They wanted it to serve as a model. Well it does!
They meant well.
That’s really all that counts.
I would think that it would be organic mold. What’s the problem?
I thought the same thing...it IS “environmentally friendly” to mold....LOL!
Who are we to put ourselves above that?
Thats really all that counts.
Indeed, they can feel pride in attempting to do the right thing. The real problem was not investing enough in this school. They just need to spend more free government money and they will fix the problems.
This is just a temporary problem while they raise taxes.
So the Victorian school lasted a century. Ah, progress!
Isn't mold the basis of penicillin? Think of the lives this building will save!
Looks like a heaven for termites.
Looks like a big hornets nest to me, made out of paper.
It might be the most environmentally friendly building going, but if the materials are not up to the job it will have to be constantly repaired, and how environmentally friendly is that?
This reminds me of a little kid who can’t wait to get the toy he sees on TV, and then gets mad as hell when he realizes it doesn’t do all the cool things the TV commercial implied.
Fortunately, most kids have an adult to temper these kinds of expectations. That never seems to be the case with enviro-mental types.
Our state university built an environmental studies building back in the 70s. The building was designed to be energy efficient. One of the ways they saved energy was not having AC.
While the school year here is usually pretty cool we do get some warm days. Try to imagine a building full of dirty hippies without any AC running. Yeah, it was pretty bad.
They built a new building a few years ago...with AC this time.