Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Ecole Internationale de Manosque, Manosque, France

This international school has been built primarily to provide education for the children of staff working at ITER, an international project that is currently building the world’s largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor. Students at the school represent 34 different nationalities.

The school's external façade is guarded by a colonnade of 280 unevenly spaced precast concrete pillars. From within, its architecture evokes the Roman and Mediterranean heritage of the area, with a series of single-storey buildings enclosing courtyards and play areas. The main circulation routes are open to the sky, and crisscrossed by horizontal beams producing strong variations of light and shade.

The school has been designed to meet high environmental standards. Buildings are well protected to minimise heat loss, with reinforced insulation in the walls and green roofs. Most rooms benefit from natural light and ventilation, system of stackable enamelled aluminium blinds to regulate direct sunlight. A double-flow ventilation system is deployed to reduce heat loss. The central heating system is powered by a wood boiler, solar collectors have been installed to heat the water used in the boarding school, the restaurant and staff accommodation, and the roof of the gymnasium is covered by a photovoltaic membrane, which it is estimated will produce around 55MWh a year.

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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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