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Helping schools to meet their net zero goals

5th April 2023

Oscar Chester-Roberts

Schools are under increasing pressure to make the transition to net zero. This is a challenging and costly exercise for older, listed buildings, but is easily achievable and affordable for new builds thanks to our state-of-the-art tensioned membrane structures.

Many Schools have pledged  to be carbon neutral by 2030, but are unsure how to go about it. We were delighted therefore to be invited to speak to estate managers from some of the UK’s leading independent schools at a recent event to explain how they can start building carbon neutral structures right now to help meet their net zero goals.

The event was held at Millfield School, which has invested in two of our ground-breaking structures – the Millfield Indoor Cricket Centre and the John Graveney Golf Centre – which won Somerset Building Control Partnership’s Educational Building of the Year Award. The cricket centre is widely recognised as the best in the UK.

Not only do they offer world-class facilities including full length cricket lanes, fielding practice areas, a putting green and full-length practice bays, but their outstanding environmental performance is helping Millfield School on its journey to net zero.  

Walking around the centres, estate managers were amazed by the quality of these innovative buildings, which explains why they have been used as training venues for the England Cricket team and the New Zealand’s women’s squad. 
Estate managers were able to quiz Neil Chapillon, Millfield School’s head of estates, about the structures. They were shocked to discover that they are built significantly faster than traditional sports buildings – a 1,000m2 insulated structure is typically erected in just 44 days, representing dramatic savings in time and money without compromising on strength and durability.
“Paragon’s sports structure was unbeatable; we essentially ended up with two new buildings for the price of one traditionally built, both delivered in just seven months from start to finish,” said Neil.
We offer the only insulated membrane structures in the UK. With a BREEAM rating of Excellent, our structures are tensioned inside and out for airtightness performance that approaches Passivhaus levels. Eight times more efficient than traditional buildings, they meet June 2022 building regulations regarding thermal efficiency and U-values.

High specification fibreglass insulation in the walls and roof of the buildings ensure better climate control, while absorbing sound and reverberation for great acoustics, which is rare in school sports buildings.

In addition, the roofs of the buildings are the ideal pitch for solar panels. Indeed, by installing our specialist solar panel system, Millfield could generate enough power to run the structures at zero cost.  

Our future proof structures also meet LETI 2030 School Target of 350kg CO2 per m2.

The event was a great opportunity for school estate managers to learn more about our carbon neutral buildings and experience them in action. Following the event, we are already in talks with a number of schools about new sports building projects.

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