Zero-carbon Schoolhaus nominated to win a 2degrees sustainability award

Maidenhead school's zero-carbon Schoolhaus nominated to win a 2degrees sustainability award

Desborough College, an Academy school in Maidenhead, Berkshire, has been nominated for best New Building at the 2degrees Champions Awards.

The 2degrees Champions Awards were established to recognize the individuals and companies driving innovation and pushing the boundaries of sustainable business, as voted for by their peers.

Desborough College's zero-carbon drama studio, The Jacoby Studios, is nominated for the award. Voting is open from now until Monday 27 April.

The Jacoby Studios merits attention for its achievements in energy efficiency and energy generation (the building generates five times its own electricity needs). It has an A+ EPC rating, a negative carbon emissions rating, and it is among the most environmentally sound and energy efficient theatres in the country, it is also in the top three of the most energy efficient school buildings in the UK.

The Jacoby Studios were designed and delivered in October 2014 by UK Energy Partners, an energy efficiency company who design, finance and deliver zero-carbon school buildings, called Schoolhaus. Schoolhaus generates energy and revenue for their schools, thanks to their award-winning ultra-efficient design and attractive solar PV roof.

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Technical Director of UK Energy Partners, Neil Smith, said “We have now built nine of the ten most energy efficient school buildings in the UK, with a radically energy efficient design and a disruptively alternative delivery model, whereby we design, plan, construct and maintain these buildings at a fraction of the cost of traditional building services. We aim to at least double in size for the next few years as we take on the large, traditional builders with a new methodology – off-site manufacturing as a prelude to ultra-quick on-site construction – which will continue to drive down the cost of delivering super-efficient, contemporary building solutions.”


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2.       UK Energy Partners have quickly become the go-to energy efficiency provider within the education sector, having completed over 200 upgrade schemes within over 130 schools and colleges over the last three years. UK Energy Partners have also developed a multi-award-winning building design for schools – Schoolhaus.

3.       The Jacoby Studios were designed and built by Net Zero Buildings, a division of UK Energy Partners Ltd. Building began on the first day of the summer school holidays and was completed at the end of September. It was paid for through the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund scheme, and allocated to Desborough College by The Education Fellowship. It provides a first-class venue and facilities in which to develop and showcase the students’ considerable performing arts talents. The building includes a studio and fully-equipped theatre creating an exciting, permanent and progressive learning environment. It’s used by over 300 Desborough College students each week including Key Stage 3, GCSE and A level students. It’s also used for Sixth Form lectures, music performances, professional drama performances, after-school drama and dance clubs, assemblies, meetings and external agencies’ out-of-hours activities.

4.       The RT Hon Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead and Home Secretary, opened the new drama centre at Desborough College in Maidenhead in October 2014.



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