Inclusive Low Carbon Environments

Time: 12:15 - 13:15

Date: Day 1


How low carbon design can enhance the environment within a SEND school and contribute to the overall wellbeing

Claire Jackson, Education Director, Galliford Try and Allan Smith, Low Carbon Manager, Morrison Construction

This presentation will explore how low carbon design can enhance the environment within a SEND school and contribute to the overall wellbeing. We will also consider where they might be competing drivers within a SEND setting for a sustainable design.
We will look at thermal comfort, acoustic requirements and energy usage and how these can all be enhanced with a sustainable design to the benefit of the school and students.

Marjorie McClure School is a new build SEND school in London Borough of Bromley for students aged 4 to 19 with a range of different complex needs which include physical, medical and/or moderate or profound learning difficulties and disabilities.
The School has been selected to be part of a Sustainability Pilot by the Department for Education with the key drivers of; Reducing Energy Demand, Greening the School Estate and Creating Resilient New Schools.

The Beatlie School Campus provides education for pupils aged between 3 and 18 years of age with severe and complex educational needs and profound medical needs in West Lothian. The new school will meet the exacting standards of sustainability and low carbon and thermal comfort targets set by the Scottish Futures Trust Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP).

The case studies will show how sustainability has been integrated within the designs and the overlapping and multiple benefits.


Putting schools at the heart of Net Zero Carbon transition

Speaker: Mark dolling, director – education & public sector places & communities, EQUANS

We will launch our new ‘School Zero’ approach to retrofitting existing schools to achieve Net Zero Carbon in the autumn and I’d be happy to talk about that. There is nobody else in the market currently that offers such a holistic solution to this issue. We will produce roadmap reports, recommend a series of building adaptations, decarbonise heating, provide EV charging points, help schools develop their rounds etc. But, crucially, we have also developed a range of curriculum content and a CPD/ted talk for teachers so that the school community can become fully engaged in the process. All of this will supplement the national curriculum (there is next to nothing in the NC on sustainability currently, shamefully….)

This is all based around our key premise that schools sit at the heart of their communities and can/should be a catalyst to place-wide net zero carbon transition. (we are supporting a number of local authorities achieve their policy targets on this with strategies and delivery plans/programmes, and the school estate is being fully integrated into this.


  • Allan Smith Low Carbon Manager - Morrison Construction
  • Claire Jackson Education Director - Galliford Try

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