WS 02
Thinking Green (energy questions, low energy buildings)

Facilitators: Irene Prieler, Michael Wildmann, grundstein architekten,

Sustainability has become a global issue. To cope with the needs and demands of a sustainable world, designers will have to combine the mentality of gardeners with the precision of space-craft-engineers. Still much of the current effort in renovating schools at least in central Europe is mainly oriented towards reducing energy consumption through better insulation. But isn't a "green school" much more than that? And do we really have enough long-term experience with minimum-energy-schools to justify large investments into high-tech solutions?

Challenging scenario
The most ecological spaces are those not built. We have to scale down programmes and re-use existing structures.

Possible directions of discussion
Objections/alternatives to the scenario
a) Achieving minimum-energy-solutions is a priority, even at the price of simplifying and standardising the architecture of schools. The school of the future is a highly-insulated box.
b) Technologies for minimum-energy-architecture (in terms of glazing, insulation, HVAC, intelligent power grids, etc.) will improve dramatically over the next ten years. We should look gradually to exploring their potential without sacrificing architectural quality.

General issue(s)
a) How can schools as buildings prepare for a "green lifestyle"?

Specific issue(s)
a) High-Tech vs. Low-Tech Solutions
b) Which concepts of minimum-energy-architecture are best suited for the usage patterns of schools?


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