Sustainability Pods

Gen Zero is a research project that the DfE & the contractor have led and is based on a construction approach that will form a “Kit of Parts” (platform) to build ultra low carbon sustainable schools, using a fixed grid, timber construction which are adaptable to user needs and demountable to ensure longevity of use.

The practical classroom pod will give the school the ability to enhance their offer to the children with additional needs by locating the accommodation adjacent to the horticultural and animal space supporting the outdoor learning with children of all ages. This additional place would provide a base for the children to develop the wider caring side of their curriculum. The pod was designed to be self-sufficient with the ability to undertake wet practical activities with direct access to the outdoor environment.

The school is very keen on this additional accommodation and have agreed with the wider asks of the DfE around the capturing environmental data on the internal spaces as well as monitoring the physical materials in use.

The benefits of this project is outlined below:

  • Creates a potential future standard for school buildings that will deliver an excellent sustainable educational environment
  • Develops an ultra-low embodied carbon construction solution
  • Develops a ‘kit of parts’ platform solution to school buildings with wider application
  • Supports development of UK timber industry.

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