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BSF will help zero-carbon vision

Local authorities will procure 36 zero-carbon schools through Building Schools for the Future and the Primary Capital Programme, the Government has confirmed.

Schools secretary Ed Balls last week accepted all 30 recommendations of the Zero Carbon Task Force on how to reduce the carbon usage of England’s schools.

These included:

* At least four pilot zero-carbon schools operational in each government region before 2016;

* A target of reducing CO2 emissions from new school buildings from 2013 by around 80
per cent on 2002 building standards; 

* Measures to ensure that energy and carbon are a priority from design through to operation of school projects, and that the energy and carbon performance of schools is monitored and published; 

* A review of achieving carbon savings through a programme of refurbishment and retrofit.

A Government spokesman told H&V News’ sister magazine Construction News: “The zero-carbon schools will be procured by local authorities through BSF and PCP.

“It is anticipated to be at least four per each of the nine government regions in England.
There will be a mix of both primary and secondary schools.”

He added that the work would be a mix of new build and retrofits of existing schools.

The taskforce urged the Department for Children, Schools and Families to identify a funding
stream from April 2011 for the zero-carbon schools. It also called on the DCSF to identify funding to support the reduction in carbon emissions from 2013.

Schools capital projects delivery body Partnerships for Schools has been tasked with turning the recommendations into reality.

The taskforce called for PfS to introduce specific requirements for carbon reduction for new build and refurbishment projects through the minimum design standards that apply within BSF.

Mr Balls said last week: “With the schools estate emitting around 9.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, for the first time ever we have looked at the ambition of making
schools zero carbon.”