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Sustainability in Education

21 July 2013

Authored by Hayball

To communities, places of education are becoming more outwardly focused and even more significant assets for the community, including as a focus for access to technology. Hayball can be considered a pioneer of 21st century educational design, as we work with leading education consultants to ensure the spaces we create are flexible, interactive spaces where students can participate in many different modes of learning. Hayball-designed schools contain student-centric environments that promote collaboration, engage with their community and embrace environmentally sustainable design.

Research shows that increased fresh air has a direct impact on learning outcomes. Building owners in education are also commonly the occupiers and directly benefit from their buildings performing optimally.

Numbers of Hayball’s projects have delivered definable sustainable outcomes. One example is Dandenong High School, which provided a case study for the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR) Green Star education rating tool pilot. Extensive planning, consultation and computer modelling allowed for key ESD initiatives, including air tempering, water collection and re-use, improved natural lighting, environmentally preferable materials, building waste management, and active monitoring and display of building performance to aid ongoing research.