Many school buildings are made from conventional materials such as steel, brick, and concrete block, typically resulting in sterile and uninspiring environments. These materials have high embodied carbon—the energy consumed and greenhouse gases produced from their production, transportation, and use. Overuse of these materials can have a detrimental effect on the environment.
Using natural materials that take less energy to produce is better for the environment and leads to a sustainable future. Additionally, natural materials such as wood and stone have biophilic qualities that have been shown to reduce stress and improve comfort—ideal conditions for learning.
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- Case Study: Norma Rose Point Elementary School
The use of local timber throughout the building adds warmth and creates a connection with nature.