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Five Easy Lessons For Sustainability

John Palmer has overseen several new-build school projects and has gleaned some valuable lessons, the hard way, on how to incorporate sustainability into the vision and reality of the final product

The quest for low carbon and sustainable schools has gathered a head of steam that is taking us along at break-neck speed. A previous Secretary of State aimed to reduce the carbon emissions from new schools by 60% compared to those currently being built and the current Secretary of State has committed to ‘zero carbon’ schools by 2016. Are these aims achievable and, if so, how are we to meet the challenge? Not only is this aspiration challenging, but it must be met on a scale previously only dreamt of – in 15 years all 3500 secondary schools will be either rebuilt or renovated at a rate approaching 200 schools per year. This raises a number of highly pertinent questions.

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