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A quick tour of Dartington's eco primary school


One of the first zero carbon primary schools in the country has been built in south Devon.

The new £7 million Dartington Church of England Primary and Nursery School opened its doors to pupils on 25 February 2010.

There are four separate clusters of buildings which are constructed from pre-fabricated sustainable timber panels.

They are insulated with natural wood fibre and clad in locally grown sweet chestnut. The under floor heating is being provided by air source heat pumps with ventilation via a heat recovery system.

The electricity will come from photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof and the water will be heated by solar power.

The school is planning to sell some of the electricity it generates to the National Grid.

Solar panels
Solar panels are one of the eco features

Rain water will be collected for re-use within the school and a sustainable drainage system is being incorporated within the extensive landscaping which includes reed beds and ponds to filter grey water.

The new school replaces the dilapidated old primary and has been built on a site nearby.

Dartington headteacher Jill Mahon said: "It is a stunning design and is truly a unique building.

"I believe it will be a flagship school which will be extremely environmentally-friendly.

"The eco building fits in very well with our school culture and it will really be an amazing learning tool for the children."

BBC Spotlight's Adrian Campbell was shown some of the features of the new building by one of the pupils, Emily - watch his short film at the top of the page.

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