Schools are a vital part of any healthy and thriving community. There is growing appreciation of the significant role that good design can play in education, with increasing evidence that student learning outcomes are closely related to the quality of the environment in which they learn.
Factors such as air quality, ventilation, natural lighting, thermal comfort, and acoustic performance have been shown to have a profound impact on teacher wellbeing and student attentiveness, attendance, and overall performance. There are many things that existing schools can do to maximise these factors through environmentally conscious design.
This manual aims to provide school principals and school communities with a holistic understanding of environmental design. It presents strategies for passive design as opportunities for making positive, sustainable change in the building or running of a school.
The document explains how reducing environmental impact can help schools to optimise their value as social, environmental, and economic assets for new or established communities. It demonstrates how schools can incorporate environmental design principles and passive design strategies in existing school grounds.