As Passivhaus buildings, Trimsaran and Parc y Tywyn provide a high level of occupant comfort while using very little energy for heating and providing fresh air. The fresh air flowing through the schools and into the bright, engaging classrooms creates a stimulating environment that keeps students focused on their learning. The precise standards posed a challenge for our engineers, but we were able to capture and reuse heat generated by pupils and staff, affectionately known as ‘kiddywatts’.
Our designs were developed for the Welsh 21st Century Schools Programme, and to meet Carmarthenshire’s ambitions for a low-energy fabric-first approach but they also help the Welsh government meet the goals of its 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. By following the Passivhaus guidelines, we locked quality into the buildings so that they continue to perform to the highest standard over the years. At the same time, considerable savings are being made through low running costs, which will directly benefit the children’s education, now and in the future.