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Environmental Issues on the Curriculum

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Environmental Issues on the Curriculum

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THE youngsters, at Beaumont Community Primary School, in Hadleigh, are attending what has been dubbed an 'Eco school', containing a host of energy efficiency measures.

The school cost around £2 million to build and was designed by Suffolk County Council's own architects, with advice from The Energy Practice Ltd.

Energy-saving features include:

* Insulation made from recycled newspaper

* Photo voltaic (PV) cells and solar panels in the roof, which will provide enough electricity to light two classrooms and provide heat for the water storage tanks, used for heating and hot water

* Low-maintenance sedum grass on part of the roof - this keeps the building cool in summer and warm in winter and attracts wildlife including birds and insects

* Sloping ceilings with high-level windows providing ventilation and good levels of natural light

* A system for collecting rainwater so it can be used for flushing toilets.

A wind turbine in the grounds will produce enough electricity to run all of the school's computers. The PV cells and turbine will produce energy all year round - even when the school is closed. The excess power will be sold back to the national grid and reduce the school's running costs. …

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