The Wolverhampton city council is extremely proud of its new school building. After all, it is one of the first passivhaus school buildings in the United Kingdom. Oak Meadow Primary School was designed by Architype Architects, specialists in planning sustainable buildings.
Architype Architects were awarded the commission on condition that the passivhaus building would cost no more than a conventional school building. And the architects certainly stuck to their promise. Architype Architects also made a conscious decision to install natural acoustic panels by Danish manufacturer Troldtekt in the passivhaus building. The natural Troldtekt panels, which are made of wood and cement, recently achieved certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle concept because the panels do not contain hazardous substances and can therefore be returned to the natural cycle as compost.
Their sound-absorbing properties make Troldtekt acoustic panels particularly useful for noisy rooms such as classrooms and sports halls. They are available in various sizes and grades.
The natural qualities of acoustic panels and their impact on the rooms’ indoor climate seem to have a positive effect on the children’s learning too: “The students are more alert and able to take on new information in the afternoons,” confirmed on teachers. The success of this project substantiates the passivhaus concept: plans for two more schools in the area are already underway.