Campbell Primary School Chauvel St, Campbell ACT

role Architecture, Interior Designer value $2.2 million area 500m² completion date October 2010 client Bovis Lend Lease

Campbell Primary School wanted to fulfil the vision of creating a Sustainability Centre that could be used to teach students about the value of caring for the environment. The building incorporates several energy saving elements such as thermal insulation through mass, and operable shutters and blinds to manage the heating and cooling needs of the building.

The main hall is naturally ventilated through high level operable louvres that allow for night purging of heat within the hall. The two interior teaching areas have been located on the north-east end of the building to maximise solar gain during winter.

Eaves facing the north and east have been extended to reduce direct solar heat gain through the summer period, but to still allow for winter sunlight. Rainwater collection has also been included; rainwater is used to supply the toilets and to assist in the management of the outdoor learning areas and vegetable garden.

These outdoor learning areas and vegetable garden are located on the northern end of the site to maximise solar exposure; the school has the opportunity to run an interactive gardening program to educate students on the advantages of sustainable produce.