“This school is the first delivery of our standard model school design for Somerset County Council.
“Because it is a standard design for a primary school we decided to conduct both an as-built embodied carbon assessment and a whole-life carbon assessment, which also takes into account what we call ‘designed operational energy’, the impact of lifecycle replacements of materials and end of life treatment.
“This establishes a baseline for this new school model which influences future school designs.
“Design progress in our industry is about benchmarks rather than quantified reductions. This process of measuring and improving is what allows us to demonstrate we can meet clients’ future needs, delivering lower carbon buildings.”