Welsh education minister opens sustainable school

Published on Thursday, 10 February 2011 11:00
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews has officially opened a new sustainable primary school in Porth


Ynyshir Community Primary School has been rebuilt as part of a £6 million project, achieving an 'excellent' rating under sustainable construction standard BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).

Features of the junior and infant schools include a rainwater harvesting system, sophisticated lighting controls and a solar thermal system, which will provide heating for the buildings.

Teachers will also use the environmental features of the school to teach pupils about saving energy and the importance of sustainability. The school has an Eco-Lab, which will provide a demonstration display linked to solar panels, as well as a wind turbine to teach children about renewable energy technologies.

"The brand new, 'state of the art' Ynyshir Primary School is an excellent example of a modern, green, 21st century school and I am sure the pupils will be very happy with the many impressive facilities at their new school," commented Mr Andrews.

Last month, a new biomass boiler was installed to provide heating to two schools in Bordon, East Hampshire.

Source: ©EST

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