The building generates its own energy. The amount of energy that is currently being generated is visible in the central hall and this information is subsequently used in maths lessons etc.
In total, 21 Cradle to Cradle certified materials were utilised in the building’s construction. The suppliers were engaged as early in the process as possible, in order to arrive at innovative solutions. As a result, the selected materials have a positive impact on the school’s operation, such as floor coverings that improve indoor air quality, white roofing that reduces energy consumption and a ceiling system that improves acoustics.
The school building complies with the ‘Frisse Scholen’ (Fresh Schools) requirements. Green interior facades and textile air ducts additionally contribute to a healthy indoor climate.
New C2C (inspired) solutions are continuously being added during day-to-day operations, from a vegetable garden to green roofing and facades. IKC de Zuidstroom also served as inspiration for the new, C2C-inspired Zuid sports hall.
C2C ExpoLAB’s role
C2C ExpoLAB assisted the client, Fortior, from the design to the construction team procurement and project delivery. Together with the client, teachers and design team, we set to work on formulating the scope and aspirations in terms of C2C.
The C2C ambitions were subsequently translated into the design, business cases and construction. C2C ExpoLAB continuously monitored these ambitions, provided the design team with on-going advice and additionally conducted C2C inspiration sessions for the teachers.
“Children are calmer and visibly thrive in the new climate. There is significantly more light and the environment is noticeably different from the previous school.” – Marij Gaal, nursery school teacher.
“The school smells much less musty and is much fresher.” – Janne, pupil.
“The old building was made from toxic substances, including asbestos. They didn’t do that this time, because it’s better for our health.” Murat, pupil.
Pupils now actively think about how they, too, can improve their school. A child recently approached the headmaster requesting that more attention be paid to waste separation for example. Both the school and the modified curriculum help raise awareness.
Acreage: 2,050 m2 BVO
Client: Stichting Fortior
Advisers: RO-groep, M3E, Brekelmans, C2C ExpoLAB
Contractor: Mertens Bouwbedrijf
Location: Pastoor Op Heijstraat 26, Venlo
Primary school website: http://www.dezuidstroom.saam.nl
- Kazernestraat 17
- 5928 NL Venlo
- The Netherlands
- 077 396 8007
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