Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Escola La Canaleta (La Canaleta school), Tarragona, Spain

The building design is a comb framework facing onto the future plaza, (for school weekly access and weekend public use) and inside you will find the administration office, kitchen, dining room and gym. The two perpendicular wings are on one and two floors respectively, where the classrooms are located for kindergarten and primary. The school has been completely built with a structure of cross laminated timber panels. This lightweight construction system was built within a very short execution time of 30 days. The panels were made in the workshop, to reduce the generation of waste and dust. Additionally, it includes a significant reduction in CO2 emissions from the building because of the cross-laminated timber panels and it creates a light construction. The wood is covered externally by a layer of thermal insulation, creating comfortable spaces and avoiding thermal bridging. The comb shaped layout encourages cross ventilation between the classrooms and hallway. The system has been strengthened with a heating system that stays in the classrooms and resident spaces and in contrast prevents heating the intermediate spaces such as the hallways. There are radiators inside the long – residence spaces, renewing the air which is controlled with a CO2 sensor, filtered and heated. The intermediate spaces benefits from the heating of the classrooms, aided by natural cross ventilation and an air exchange system. In our honest opinion, the presence of pine wood inside the building helps users to feel comfortable, like at home. That, and also the use of healthy materials, cross-ventilated spaces and the presence of colours in doors and louvers, help to improve children education, creating a comfortable atmosphere.
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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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