The design of the campus includes the following green features:
Wherever and whenever possible, natural ventilation is used to provide comfort and reduce energy use.
EShading devices (brise soleil) reduce glare and overheating in the summer.
The heating and cooling systems are set within a range of lower and upper temperatures to ensure energy is not wasted. Green technologies include the use of heat recovery units, and air source heat pumps.
Renewable energy is generated through 280m² of solar thermal panels on the roof. These provide 70% of the domestic hot water over the year.
Rainwater is collected from the roof to be stored in huge 30,000 litre tanks. The water harvested fills the moat and is used to flush toilets.
The lights are controlled either by movement, switches or daylight detection. In some of the art rooms, natural light is fed into the rooms through light tubes from the roof.
There are areas designated to increase biodiversity and provide natural habitats. These include ‘nectar bar’ planting to encourage bees and butterflies, oxygenating plants in the moat and wildflower areas for Science students to study and the community to enjoy.
The green roof on the main building and brown roof on the nursery help to keep the buildings cool in the summer and insulated in the winter. They create habitats and promote diversity.