Modular skylights support sustainable design
In Copenhagen, the almost 100-year-old Grøndalsvængets School has undergone a refurbishment and extension to create additional space for sport, music, and study. This sustainable project included a retrofit of the existing main building, as well as two new build constructions. These buildings were designed to transform educational facilities with the introduction of Modular Skylights to optimise daylight and fresh air and invigorate young learners.
New builds considerate of a neighbourhood aesthetic achieve sustainable goals
To preserve the history of the surrounding area, sustainable design plans by architects JJW Arkitekter resulted in 250,000 community bricks being reused and cradle-to-cradle mortar. This decision was taken to ensure the aesthetic of the surrounding neighbourhood would be replicated by recycled brick from a nearby hospital.
The installation of 77 Northlight modules onto sloped roofs include multiple rows and single units to ensure daylight is available throughout the new school facilities. Daylight through the roof and facade means less reliance on artificial lighting. Natural ventilation reduces a need for mechanical ventilation in warmer months and helps lower carbon dioxide levels.
Daylight and ventilation have lowered energy consumption, and work in support of sustainability goals reflective of school values focused on innovative approaches to study. Over 300 students and 25 staff now enjoy extra-curricular activities, modern classrooms, and an inviting common area in two new buildings.
Active spaces transformed by daylight
In the new builds, a sense of space and harmony has been created by the presence of daylight and ventilation. The introduction of north-facing modular skylights mean occupants can enjoy a naturally well-lit environment without over exposure to sunlight. Reduced glare also makes it safer and more enjoyable for students engaging in sporting activities such as gymnastics and volleyball.
Prior to the new extension, a lack of concentration and focus was seen in students. The ability of teachers to work efficiently with digital whiteboards was impacted by over exposure to sun at certain periods of a day. Heat could also be an issue in warmer months and resulted in higher costs due to a lack of natural ventilation in the main building. Informed decision making resulted in Northlights being chosen for the two new builds.
Several rooflights come with integrated roller blinds to further help manage the indoor climate. The introduction of daylight and fresh air through the roof has resulted in less issues with occupant well-being such as headaches and tiredness, and more periods of focused study.