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Local mayor opens new state-of-the-art 'Schoolhaus'

Dewsbury academy's new eco-classroom will produce five times the amount of energy it consumes

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 22, 2016 | Sustainability

The Mayor of Kirklees recently opened Boothroyd Primary Academy’s new eco-classroom, the latest recipient of UK Energy Partners' sustainable classroom solution ‘Schoolhaus’. 

This new Schoolhaus building is so ultra-energy-efficient that it will cost the academy nothing to heat and light over its 60-year design life, and the eco-classroom will generate clean energy and revenue for the school through its solar PV roof - the school's energy generation revenue plus saved fuel costs will total: £2,295 a year. And the annual Feed-in Tariff from the solar roof will total £883. 

This building will produce five times the amount of energy that it consumes. This is the first Schoolhaus to be built in Yorkshire, and this 152 m² double classroom will be Yorkshire’s most energy efficient school building. The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Jim Dodds began the proceedings by cutting the ribbon to open this new sustainable learning environment.

Inside the new building

The day was followed by songs and poems from pupils at the school, as well as coffees, teas and pastries, and a building tour and presentation from the designers and builders of the Schoolhaus, UK Energy Partners. Presentation boards showed the build from its off-site factory beginnings through to its completion on-site at the school. The boards were set out on easels in sections around the classroom from factory, to foundations, to on-site completion, and the lead project manager from UK Energy Partners walked the attendees around the room whilst explaining each section. 

The gloriously sunny morning was well attended, including governors from the school, directors and the CEO of the school’s Multi-Academy Trust (the Focus Academy Trust), pupils, staff, teachers and the principle from the school, as well as senior leaders from surrounding schools interested in these new buildings, and architects.

Focus Academy Trust’s Chief Executive, Helen Rowland, said: “I am very excited about the building as it supports the self-sustaining vision we have at the trust and in our schools. UK Energy Partners took on board all points made by the school and trust from design to completion. The children were able to watch the build which was great and the environmental lessons we will be able to have are invaluable. The building will also be used by the community and other schools.” 

This Schoolhaus additionally contains two storerooms and washroom facilities, and is an exceptional new teaching space; set to have zero running costs. The school plan to use their new eco-classroom to help teach the children about sustainability.    

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