Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Secondary School in Dano, Dano, Burkina Faso

Exemplary design categories: comfort, community use and involvement, cost efficiency, energy efficiency, green school

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The main aim of this renovation project was to provide a sustainable and thermally comfortable learning environment for students. The project comprises an L-shaped addition to an existing school complex. The building is built using local laterite stone by local young people participating in a further education and training programme. Passive techniques have therefore been used to keep the building cool and comfortable. The roof is shaped so that air is drawn into the classrooms through small gaps in the ceiling. The building is set at an east-west orientation which reduces direct solar radiation onto the walls, while the walls themselves are additionally shadowed by means of a sharply protruding roof. The interior floors are made of earth that has been beaten flat with mallets and then polished with stones to create a strong and durable finish.

Activity Areas: 3 classrooms, amphitheatre, shaded social area, teacher's room, computer working room, Director's office

Project costs: EUR 70,000.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"

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