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A Powys-first as School achieves Passivhaus certification

We are incredibly proud to have delivered the first certified Passivhaus school facility in Powys for Powys County Council, a testament to our commitment to sustainability and innovation.

Welshpool Primary School has passed rigorous energy-efficiency standards to be granted this certification, which is due to its superior level of insulation and airtightness levels. It also has a heat recovery and ventilation system and solar panels on the roof to minimise running costs.

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The build also achieved a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Very Good certification which is a hallmark of excellence in sustainable building design and construction. 

The innovative building picked up two awards last year – the Value Award at the Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards and the Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Education Facility award at the Education Buildings Wales Awards.

Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said:

I’m delighted that the Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School building has achieved Passivhaus certification. This innovative project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the partnership between the school leaders and our dedicated council officers, the Welsh Government, the Diocese of St Asaph and our partners in the construction industry. This award-winning facility allows learners and teaching staff to reach their potential but it has been built to the highest energy efficient standards which helps the county reduce its carbon footprint.”

Not only does it set a new standard for energy efficiency for schools in the region, it also helps the Council meet its carbon reduction targets. The building will also have reduced operating costs due to its optimised airtight construction and advanced ventilation systems that is designed to maintain a consistent internal temperature throughout the year.