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First Passivhaus high school planned for Scotland

Currie Community High School will be built to Passivhaus standards (image: Edinburgh City Council)
Currie High School will be built to Passivhaus standards (image: Edinburgh City Council)

Scotland is set for its first Passivhaus high school after Edinburgh City Council unveiled plans for the new Currie Community High School.

The campus will use the rigorous Passivhaus energy standard and aims to reduce the amount of energy needed for heating by up to 90% and lowers the total amount of energy used by around 70%. The new school will support Edinburgh’s goal of net zero emissions by 2030. 

The school will have five core elements: education, inclusion, outdoor learning and sustainability, digital learning and community access.

Health and wellbeing feature prominently in the designs with the creation of a dedicated wellbeing hub and separate wellness centre to support pupils.

Councillor Ian Perry, Education, Children and Families Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “These pioneering designs really are the blueprint for the schools of the future. This will make the new campus the first high school in Scotland to meet Passivhaus standards and supports Edinburgh’s aim of net zero emissions by 2030.”

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Comments

  1. This will make the new campus the first high school in Scotland to meet Passivhaus standards and supports Edinburgh’s aim of net zero emissions by 2030.”

    At what cost – seems this gimmick standard is way more costly than traditional or other methods.

    As for the 2030 date – what planet are these people on?

    “Net Zero” is just playing with numbers to appease the green lobby! Their saving is someone elses gain!

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