Work Progresses at Passivhaus Primary School

By Tania Costantini


25th Sep 2014

Burry Port Primary School will be Wales' first Passivhaus Primary School scheme and activities are underway to enhance the building’s energy performance in line with the standard.

With debate ongoing regarding the future of local government budgets, Carmarthenshire County Council have taken a step towards reducing its operational costs with a move to a fully certified Passivhaus build.  The core focus of the Passivhaus standard is to dramatically reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling, whilst also creating excellent indoor air quality and comfort levels which will enhance the pupils learning experience.

One of the first measures put in place at Burry Port is the use of insulation under the foundations, which reduces the thermal bridging and reduces heat loss. This procedure, only normally undertaken on a Passivhaus scheme, is a first for WRW.

Insulation under foundations

A number of pupils from the Burry Port Junior School Council visited site last week to see the concrete slab being poured. The pupils were happy to have witnessed one of the first major activities to be undertaken on site. They were also shown some of the machinery on site and welcomed the opportunity to try some of it out!

Their visit also marked the start of a poster competition where we will give prizes to the three best posters which should be designed based on what they saw on site.

Keen to continue visiting site, the pupils are very excited to be returning mid-October to see the timber frame being installed. 

Burry Port Concrete Pour

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