Top marks for Alexandria school pupils

Cube staff heard about the eco classroom of the future from youngsters in West Dunbartonshire.

Vale of Leven Academy eco project

Pupils at Vale of Leven Academy in Alexandria built a community eco classroom as part of a project. They took on the roles of architects, surveyors and landscapers – and researched sustainable products including solar panels, wind turbines and recyclable materials for their building.

They looked at lighting and heating, as well as issues such as disabled access – before presenting their findings to a panel of experts including Cube housing officer Jackie Anderson.

Jackie said she was blown away by the pupils’ designs. She said: “It was really interesting to hear the pupils’ ideas about  sustainable building, recycling and reducing our carbon footprint.

“It was a good chance to talk about how Cube is building homes to meet people’s needs.

“I also explained how Cube’s district heating systems in Wyndford and Broomhill cut carbon emissions and save tenants money. I was so impressed by the young people.

“This will help encourage the next generation of engineers, architects, designers, surveyors and builders – and getting young people to think of sustainable buildings and reducing our carbon footprint."

The school worked with a company called Design, Engineer, Construct on the project.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018