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Biomass and natural ventilation offer key to unlocking BSF cash for plb-designed school
These are the designs for Barnfield West Academy which has received a funding boost from the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) for achieving a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions over 2002 Part L.
Designers, plb architects, have specified a biomass boiler to achieve the required carbon cuts. The firm has also oriented the building to minimise unwanted solar gain while allowing for maximum natural lighting. Where artificial lighting is required, highly energy efficient solutions have been specified.
The £23.4m building is predominantly naturally ventilated. The massing has been designed to keep internal temperatures stable, utilising exposed concrete soffits to at as a heat sink.
The building, designed for eight form entry, has been designed within the grounds of the existing academy. The school specialises in the cultural and creative industries, business and enterprise and ICT.
The scheme is on target to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. The project is at Stage D and is on track to be completed by 2011.