Somerset’s first net zero school has been granted planning permission by the county council.
Orchard Grove Primary School in Taunton is set to cost £11.3 million and include solar panels for energy generation, as well as parking for electric vehicles.
It is being built using a German construction idea called Passivhaus, meaning ‘passive house.’ This concept sees the building built with low energy use for heating and cooling in mind – to reduce the carbon footprint during use and after use.
The school, with a capacity of 420, is set to open for students in September 2024.
Tessa Munt, Councillor, said: “I’m thrilled that this school has been approved and children in the area will have the opportunity to learn in a green environment.
“It’s important to keep energy costs down so schools can focus their resources on education. This is a historic school build we can all take great pride in.”