The architect’s specification for South Baddesley School’s new build Ecological Discovery Centre (EDC) included the use of eco-friendly, innovative technologies, building fabrics and construction techniques. Along with other eco-technologies, they sought a method of introducing daylight that would meet their requirements for sustainability, lighting performance and innovation.
BBA certified Solatube Daylighting Systems gave the school’s architects the technical confidence they sought and were their natural choice for this project.
Ten Solatubes Ø 35 cm were installed into the Centre’s green sedum roof to provide natural light during the daytime to areas inside the building that suffered from a lack of natural light because they were not close to the windows.
Along with the Solatube systems, the school installed several other sustainable technologies and used many re-cycled materials such as glass bottles, bricks and newspaper.
We wanted to create an innovative project that effortlessly fitted into the local environment and sat naturally into the local surroundings. It is a wonderful facility which the children love and it has been brilliant to see how passionately they feel about being ‘eco.