The First Eco-Classroom for Green-Fingered Kids; a New Generation of Sustainable Living!
Written by Imogen Ramsden and Edited by Alison Jane Reid
The Ethical-Hedonist is thrilled to report that Lowestoft’s Grove Primary School in Suffolk has announced the opening of its eco-classroom, excitingly the first ever of its kind. The classroom design was developed by eco-designers Pod Living Ltd; constructed of eco-friendly building materials, it is intended to inspire the children with the virtues of sustainable living, and to recognise Lowestoft’s Grove as an eco-friendly school, playing its part in protecting the natural world. This marks an exciting milestone for sustainable living, encouraging future generations to step into a more enriching and supportable green-era.
On Monday 21st July 2014, the school is holding a fun-filled picnic lunch, where this eco treasure will be presented to the community by the Local MP. Lowestoft’s Grove is welcoming head teachers and press to view the classroom between 11.45am-1pm, and 3pm-6pm, to experience for themselves the charm of this new creation.
This revolutionary eco-friendly building took just four weeks to create, and boasts some of the best state-of-the-art eco-technologies and sustainable building techniques, all integrated into a striking, cutting-edge design. The cheerful school colours of red and blue characterise the eco-classroom, integrating it into its environment and acknowledging its personal value to the school. Gleaming FSC Panelling styles the modern interior of the classroom, as a safer and maintenance-free material solution.
The classroom is insulated with recycled wood fibres; while it is eco-friendly, it provides better insulation results and gives a homely, welcoming warmth to the building. The internal floor is made entirely of oak, as the result of a strong partnership with Weitzer Parkett, who, through their own studies, suggest that the use of natural products in a school environment enhances the learning of pupils, while also having a calming effect.
Electricity usage in the classroom is developed to be as minimal as possible. Lighting is supplied via LED dimmable lights, rated with an impressive 20 years and beyond lifetime. Electricity is powered by a 4kWh solar panel system installed on the roof of the building, which will generate enough additional power to feed back into the grid. This excess electricity will generate an income for the school over the next 20 years, fast-tracking it towards reaching its goal of a Minus Zero Carbon rating.
While the classroom has a multitude of top eco-friendly features, perhaps the most remarkable of all is the rainwater harvesting system. Using this, all rainwater that falls onto the surface area of the roof will flow through a hidden drainage pipe into a large, underground rainwater tank. This stores 1,500 litres of water, and has the capacity to flush the classroom toilets 340 times when full. This is a shining example of how the school is using the renewable resources provided by Mother Nature to facilitate basic amenities.
This is an exciting time, both for Lowestoft’s Grove Primary School and for the world of eco-friendly living. To find out more about the school and this innovatory new classroom, visithttp://www.ecopoddesign.co.uk, or go along to the launch in Suffolk on Monday 21st July to see the magic for yourself.