Montgomery School, Exeter
Client:Devon County Council
Architect:NPS Group (Exeter)
Project Manager/QS:NPS Group (Exeter)
M&E Engineer:NPS Group (Exeter)
Montgomery Primary School is the UK’s first zero carbon school built to the PassivHaus standard. The £9 million school, designed by Devon County Council and NPS Exeter, caters for 420 pupils plus a nursery.
The school was designed to meet the stringent PassivHaus standards which require buildings to have extremely low energy usage whilst providing excellent comfort conditions in both winter and summer.
The high thermal mass and airtightness of the precast concrete structure means that a traditional boiler isn’t required. Instead the ‘body’ of the ‘heat source’ are the pupils and teaching staff. The mechanical ventilation system has electric heater batteries in individual classrooms for extreme weather circumstances.
The school provides environmental and economic benefits through energy efficiency, for example:
- High levels of insulation equating to a U value of 0.15W/m2K for the building envelope.
- Concrete’s thermal mass is used as both a heating and cooling system, eliminating the need for energy-intensive heating and cooling.
- Passivhaus energy savings standards were met.
- Overall, the building’s energy savings equate to 25% of the typical energy used by a school of its size for heating, lighting and power.
12:00 - 13:00
The UK concrete and cement industry has launched a roadmap to become net negative by 2050.
Please note this event is a re-run of the recording from the live 22nd October 2020 event.
13:00 - 13:30
The UK concrete and cement industry has launched a roadmap to become net negative by 2050. The event also sets the roadmap within the context of the UK Concrete Sustainable Construction Strategy.
12:30 - 13:30
This webinar presents the techniques used to achieve a range of finishes from polishing, etching, retardants and use of form liners, with tips for specification and detailing.
12:30 - 14:00
This event showcases some of the new generation of low carbon concretes and explores their current and potential uses and their carbon footprint.
16:00 - 17:00
This event explores strategies and resources available for comparing and reducing the embodied carbon (eCO2) of concrete structural frames and building elements at early design stages, and explores when to consider using concrete with slower strength gain.