Reducing noise in the first Welsh Passivhaus school

The Burry Port Community School is the first Passivhaus School in Wales. In a design collaboration between Carmarthenshire County Council and Architype architects, this ground-breaking project unites the town’s infant and junior schools, accommodating 210 pupils and a 30-space nursery class.

Its aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and noise reduced environment is also a showcase for the use of Troldtekt acoustic panels.

The original school building has been refurbished, while the extended block accommodates four new classrooms, as well as two further teaching spaces, staff and meeting room facilities.  Sitting between the new and old buildings, a dynamic multi-use ‘pod’ offers group recreation and performance space, making an important statement about Architype’s commitment to sustainability.

The choice of Passivhaus, lies with Carmarthenshire’s ongoing commitment towards long-term sustainability, with the standard providing the most rigorous energy certification in Europe. Based on simple, robust principles, this depends on high quality design and thorough construction with a focus on continuous airtightness, insulation, and solar gain to deliver exceptionally low energy performance and high internal comfort and dramatically reduced energy costs.

A major contribution to the pleasant environment was the choice of Danish manufactured Troldtekt acoustic ceiling panels, especially in the classrooms and potentially noisy open spaces. Specified throughout the UK and Europe, the benefits of the 100% natural wood fibres panels include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability documented by Cradle to Cradle certification at silver level.

The panels are used to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour.

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