Just like any other building, your school requires resources and energy. This is preferably done in an environmentally friendly and climate friendly way. Being environmentally friendly is easier when the building is new, but old school buildings can also be adapted.

We will take a look at a few secondary schools that have taken measures to prevent climate change: the RSG N.O. Veluwe school in Epe, the Etty Hilversum Het Vlier school in Deventer, and Clusius College in Castricum and Alkmaar.

Top left: RSG N.O. Veluwe / Top right: Etty Hilversum Het Vlier
Bottom left: Clusius College Castricum / Clusius College Alkmaar

sedumdak enRSG N.O. Veluwe uses solar panels and a solar boiler.

Etty Hilversum Het Vlier has isolated the roof and walls and uses gas water pumps for cooling as well as heating the building. The school has automatic sunscreens that keep the school cool in summer.

Clusius College Castricum uses solar panels, heat-cold storage, and green roofing. A roof with succulents growing on it isolates and improves heat regulation. A green roof also stores water, which slows down the speed at which rain water is drained by 50%.

Both Etty Hilversum Het Vlier and Clusius College Alkmaar use energy-efficient lighting: movement sensors make sure that the lights are only on when a room is occupied.

Finally, there are the timed taps at Etty Hilversum Het Vlier. The water stops automatically after a few seconds, which means less water is wasted.

2) Another measure to save energy is turning a tiled area into a green and blue schoolyard. Hoogheemraadschap in Delftland has set up a subsidy programme to help schools turn their schoolyards into an area with green (plants) and blue (water). How will this help the environment?