Renewables barely feature in building programme for 500 schools

Government, Heat Pump, Retrofit, Solar

Solar panels, heat pumps and sustainable designs bypassed – but now one Somerset school is taking a stand. Sadly, however, only a handful of the 500-plus schools being rebuilt or refurbished across the county through the government’s £4.3bn priority school building programme are installing renewable energy technology – and the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) recommended designs do not include renewables. Hackbridge’s new building was subsidised by Sutton council as part of its broader environmental strategy.

This was in the plan pre-covid. We wonder how many changes are to be made now that covid has happened.  Perhaps teachers and parents need better understanding of what is possible. Enter Nuable.’ Nuable