Tim Chell, Director of BAM’s Western region which covers the south west of England and Wales, said:
“This school is the first delivery of our standard model school design for Somerset County Council.
“Because it is a standard design for a primary school we decided to conduct both an as-built embodied carbon assessment and a whole-life carbon assessment, which also takes into account what we call ‘designed operational energy’, the impact of lifecycle replacements of materials and end of life treatment.
“This establishes a baseline for this new school model which influences future school designs.
“Design progress in our industry is about benchmarks rather than quantified reductions. This process of measuring and improving is what allows us to demonstrate we can meet clients’ future needs, delivering lower carbon buildings.”
BAM will now work with the school to assess the building’s actual energy usage, and update the assessment.
Mr Chell added: “The design itself makes use of natural light and natural ventilation, supported by using efficient services throughout and a highly insulated building fabric.
“For a standard design we were pleasantly surprised that the embodied carbon up to practical completion was 454.11 kgCO2/m2 which is well within our target of 600 kgCO2/m2. (See notes.)
“Our next version of this model will be a Passivhaus design – BAM was the first company in the UK to deliver a Passivhaus net zero carbon primary school, in Exeter – and our assessment here will inform that model and benefit future generations.
“It will also provide an excellent learning facility for the children of Somerton.”
Councillor Faye Purbrick, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Transformation, said:
“It is great to see another excellent educational facility in Somerset that will be an asset to the community.”