Schmuttertal Gymnasium Diedorf

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Award Climate Positive*

Year of the award: 2019, 2020

Valid to: September 2021

Location: Diedorf, Germany
Applicant: Landkreis Augsburg
Client: Landkreis Augsburg
Architect: Kaufmann / Nagler Architekten ARGE "Diedorf"
Energy concept and CO2 balancing: Ip5 Ingenieurpartnerschaft
* This award is bestowed for buildings that achieve a negative annual carbon footprint and thus make a significant positive contribution to climate protection. The net carbon footprint assessment is based on the DGNB Framework for Carbon-Neutral Buildings and Sites.
When the new grammar school building was erected in Diedorf, an ‘integrated design process’ was applied, demonstrating that it is possible to plan innovatively and sustainably and still ensure that available resources are used economically and sparingly throughout the entire life cycle of a building. The project planners turned to fundamental methods of design as a basis of decision-making. Their aim was to construct an environmentally friendly building that would also address common concerns. Apart from focusing on significantly improving the energy efficiency of the building – such that it would become a surplus-energy school – the emphasis also lay in improving teaching and learning conditions. Aspects relating to the physical qualities of the building also played a pivotal role in the planning and implementation process. These included indoor air quality, acoustics, natural light, artificial light and adaptable room concepts (to allow spaces to be matched to teaching methods, particularly when introducing new learning models). The project is a testament to how operating and maintenance outlays can be minimised at a justifiable incremental cost.

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