A school in Welshpool has become the first school in Powys to receive a prestigious Passivhaus certification.

Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School has been recognised with meeting particularly high and rigorous energy efficiency standards.

The school building, designed by Architype (Architects) and WSP (Engineering all Disciplines) and built by Pave Aways Ltd on behalf of Powys County Council, was constructed around a timber frame that was sustainably sourced in Wales with a "superior level" of insulation to make it airtight.

It also has a heat recovery and ventilation system and solar panels on the roof to minimise running costs.

Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said: “I’m delighted that the Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School building has achieved Passivhaus certification.


“This innovative project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the partnership between the school leaders and our dedicated council officers, the Welsh Government, the Diocese of St Asaph and our partners in the construction industry.

“This award-winning facility allows learners and teaching staff to reach their potential but it has been built to the highest energy efficient standards which helps the county reduce its carbon footprint.”

The certificate adds to the number of awards the building has received, as it also picked up two awards in 2023. These included the Value Award at the Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards and the Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Education Facility award at the Education Buildings Wales Awards.

The project was jointly funded by the Welsh Government, through its Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme and the council.

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