6 May 2022

A Sustainable Campus on Borrett Road

Academic institutions all over the world are considering their role in creating a sustainable future. Island School is no exception, the carbon footprint of 20 Borrett Road has been reduced both in its clever design and in the way it will be used. The building is the first ESF school to use a BMS (Building Management System) to not only monitor energy consumption but also automatically control lighting, ventilation and air-conditioning from occupancy data. 

Energy will also be saved by using:

  • A 3-in-1 swimming pool heating system, 
  • Green roofs that reduce heat gain and cooling load,
  • Solar hot water panels, 
  • Classroom light sensors and
  • Heat recovery air conditioning units. 

Classes will be able to learn from and interact with some of the sustainable features of the new campus such as the rainwater recycling station, a wind turbine and the Environmental Performance Monitoring System!

WANBO the school’s green group is now focused on three priorities: 

  • Creating a Recycling Hub, 
  • Designing a Rooftop Garden and a 
  • Community Garden. 

One of the WANBO student leaders said, “The recycling hub will be really important because WANBO plans to create a zero-waste campus and the recycling hub will help us to achieve this.”

“The hub will be a place where students can recycle and upcycle waste to produce new products, using shredding and extrusion machines that the students have built. There will also be an industrial size food composter.”

“The Rooftop Garden will be a place where students can grow fruits and vegetables and cook with them as part of their curriculum. WANBO hopes to create a Community Garden on the landscaped area, using indigenous plants to attract indigenous birds and insects. But we also want to create a place where events can be held, such as yoga sessions or graduations celebrations.”