The students gained hands-on experience of sustainable building design during a work experience day hosted by Harper Adams University College.
Starting at the University's brand-new, straw-insulated CELT building, we then climbed on board a tractor trailer to the new anaerobic digester which uses farmyard slurry for heating and power at this agricultural college. A quick detour to the diary, the source of the slurry, where we saw a calf being born!
We saw the original 100-year old farm house is being refurbished and fitted with photovoltaic cells, as well as the PV roof on the new student accommodation. We saw the anemometer measuring wind speed outside the Bamford library and saw how it is integrated into the building's natural ventilation system: when the wind speed is high, and the temperature low, windows are automatically closed.
The 15-17 year olds students are studying Diploma, BTEC and GCSE at Stoke College, Oldbury Wells School and Sutherland Business & Enterprise College.
This work experience day was delivered through the goodwill of ConstructionSkills, MADE, Shropshire Telford Wrekin Education Business Partnership, and of course Harper Adams University College. MADE's educational programme is supported by the Ove Arup Foundation.