Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

Oshihara Elementary School, Nakakomagun Showacho, Yamanashi, Japan

The school was conceived as an eco-school pilot model. The project's aim was to create a comfortable space that supports and promotes environmental education for children. The facility itself is designed to reduce environmental impact through the use of local materials such as wood, a panel cooling system using well water, rain water for the rest room, a rooftop garden, and a heat load reduction system using geothermal energy. The environmental activity of the local area is also monitored at the school. The combination of open and work spaces can be adapted for independent or creative study, corresponding with the new curriculum's focus on environmental education. Local residents use the multipurpose hall, computer room, park (Oshihara's woods) and gymnasium at the school.
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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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