The face of Australian education is changing. Across the country, many students and teachers spend their days in badly designed classrooms, with little access to daylight, and minimal indoor air quality. But when Gungahlin College, a $72.7 million college in Canberra’s north, opened its doors, a new benchmark in green schools was set.
The glazing is a particular feature of the building and represents a close collaboration between the architects, sustainability consultant and Taylors Window Supplies. Using the vast array of AWS Elevate™ Aluminium Systems, window and door combinations, Taylors Window Supplies optimised the glazing throughout the College. Their aim was to connect the interior of the college with the outside world, while balancing the requirements of effective thermal performance and natural ventilation. Taylors also ensured all glazing was Section J compliant.
Gungahlin College, with its clever use of glazing, optimal solar orientation and water storage, an underground thermal labyrinth for natural heating and cooling, thermal chimneys and low water-use landscaping, has set the standard for years to come.