Archives for: May 2016


Permalink 02:46:35 pm, by mleslie Email , 87 words, 175 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

Poorly designed schools affecting pupils' performance, says RIBA

The Guardian - Too many UK school buildings are dangerous and dilapidated, causing children to underperform and teachers to quit, a study by the Royal Institute of British Architects has found.

A 60% reduction in the government’s schools capital budget is producing a new generation of overly standardised new buildings which cost £150m a year more to run than they should, according to the RIBA. It found that one in 20 teachers who had left their job cited poor building conditions and one in five had considered it.


Permalink 09:19:54 am, by mleslie Email , 99 words, 209 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

University of Manitoba ARTlab receives 2016 Governor General's Medal in Architecture

The ARTlab program consists of large spaces for the School of Art to complement the small studio spaces within the adjacent Taché Hall, a repurposed 1911 student residence. The volume of the ARTlab interlocks with Taché Hall, which reinforces the two buildings as an integrated arts facility and maximizes north daylight in the studio spaces. Facilitating a critical urban connection to the business school to the south, the north wing of the ARTlab is raised one storey above grade. The covered area below forms the entrance to the ARTlab and a generous covered outdoor space for school and gallery events.


Permalink 02:26:39 pm, by mleslie Email , 72 words, 244 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Stevens Library - Net Zero at Sacred Heart School

by Pauline Souza, AIA - For schools in drought-stricken areas, net zero energy and water strategies help future-proof against utility rate hikes. But, the price tag for net zero can be too high for school budgets. Fortunately, a library project at Sacred Heart School in northern California illustrates that it is possible to deliver a net zero energy building within a conventional budget while teaching kids about the value of conserving resources.


Permalink 09:44:02, by mleslie Email , 96 words, 277 views   English (EU)
Categories: Individual school case studies

"RENEW SCHOOL" School renovations: Quick affordable green and healthy

Feldgasse, Germany - Our mission is to downsize the energy use of schools significantly. At the same time create and secure comfortable and healthy conditions for the pupils and teachers. This should be done by school renovations using quick and sustainable technologies like prefabricated timber elements for the constructions and renewables for the energy supply. This will be reached by transfer know-how and promote prefabricated timber elements, intelligent ventilation, shading and renewable energy systems - all logical solutions of school renovations. We will facilitate networking, exchange and training activities between research, companies, school owners and financiers.

Permalink 09:40:11 am, by mleslie Email , 44 words, 193 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Texas Student Team Win Net Zero Housing Competition

by Scott Gibson, Green Building Advisor - A group of architecture students from Prairie View A&M University has won top honors in this year's Department of Energy Race to Zero student competition with an affordable home designed for a Houston, Texas, neighborhood.

Build Green

These pages are a resource for students, parents, staff and neighbours who wish to make the buildings and yards in their school community sustainable, high-performance and "green". The site was originally created for members of the Runnymede Public School community in the west-end of Toronto, but has expanded. This blog is owned and maintained by Marshall Leslie (see You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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