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Renovations strategies

 

Leader

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW), Hochschule für Architektur, Bau und Geomatik

Authors

René L. Kobler, Ralf Dott

A comfortable environment in a school building enhances learning and well-being. A good building envelope supports the two main goals, a comfortable indoor environment and energy saving. On a superior level these measures coincidence with the goals of a sustainable society.

Let our children start living and learning in a sustainable environment with the appropriate buildings.

To achieve these goals, concrete constructional measures are needed. One crucial part is the right building envelope which can provide the following benefits:

- sufficient fresh air supply by integrated ventilation systems to secure a good indoor air quality

- comfortable room air and wall surface temperatures over the whole year (winter and summer)

- reduction of energy demand

- sun and glare protection

Well planned façade and roof modules for the renewal of existing school buildings shorten the time needed for renovation on site. The available unoccupied times of school buildings, e.g. holidays, can better be used for renovation and therewith produce less disturbance of the regular school operation.

The renovation strategies consist of two approaches. These are the TOP DOWN and the BOTTOM UP principle. The TOP DOWN approach mainly addresses the owners, authorities, teachers, pupils, parents and general public; whereas the BOTTOM UP approach is more addressed to technical professionals, planers and industry.

 

 

Publications

- Brochure "The way towards Your Cool School": A guideline to high performance school renovation in Europe 

- Case study "Master Planning for School Building Stock, an Antwerp Experience" 

 

Research papers

 

School renovation to passive house standard – a methodical approach and a realized success story: Presented at Passivehouse 2012, Brussels, Belgium. Paper   + presentation  and 

School renovation with modular prefabricated facade elements including ventilation solutions: Presented at Passivehouse 2012, Brussels, Belgium. Paper  + presentation . You can view the video showed during the presentation here.

Erneuerung von Schulgebäuden mit modular vorfabrizierten Fassadenelementen inklusive Lüftung: Presented at Status-Seminar "Forschen für den Bau im Kontext von Energie und Umwelt"