Second Edinburgh high school aiming for Passivhaus standards

WORK is expected to begin in May on a second Edinburgh school built to the energy-efficiency standard, Passivhaus.

Hard on the heels of a school in the west of the city – Currie High School – a replacement for Liberton High School (in the south of the city) was approved yesterday by members of the council’s Development Management sub-committee.

Once completed – sometime in 2025 – the new school is designed to accommodate 1,200 students.

Says The City of Edinburgh Council, here: “The three-storey building will consist of a variety of inspirational and inclusive spaces for learning. Classrooms, studios, workshops and science labs will connect and work with shared collaborative areas and breakout spaces, providing learners with more personalisation and choice over their learning environment.”

It adds: “A key part of the new school will be the community campus features, as it will include non-educational facilities such as a café, library and flexible workspaces.

“The school will be constructed to Passivhaus standards designed to meet the city-wide aspirations for our schools to be as energy efficient as possible in response to the ‘climate emergency’ and Edinburgh’s 2030 ‘Net Zero’ target.”

Picture credit: The City of Edinburgh Council

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