Learning in Comfort

CIBSE Journal Article - April 2016

In the latest edition of CIBSE Journal, Breathing Buildings CEO Dr Shaun Fitzgerald discusses how the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) has invested more than £5bn into UK schools since its inception in 2011. Schools funded through the PSBP are required to adhere to building performance criteria defined by the highly-regarded Facilities Output Specification (FOS) which largely exceeds the standard criteria of Building Bulletin 101, the legally-binding design guidance referred to in the Building Regulations.

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Now, in 2016, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) is set to release a fully-revised update to BB101, which incorporates many lessons learned from the success of the PSBP and FOS. The new edition of BB101 differs from previous guidance in four key areas:

 

  • Improved criteria for defining summertime overheating;
  • Clearer classification of acceptable indoor air quality;
  • Clearer definition of what constitutes a draught;
  • Stricter requirements on avoiding cold draughts in natural ventilation systems.

 

As the next phase of the Priority School Building Programme looks to invest a further £4.2bn by 2018, Breathing Buildings looks forward to a promising future for education in the UK.

Read the full article by clicking on the following link Learning in Comfort