Insulation warms up Kladno schools

Turning the heat up in Kladno, Central Bohemia is now a more environment-friendly act following the completion of works to insulate external walls in eight schools.

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Projects such as this are helping the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020, as set out in the EU 2020 growth strategy. The EU is facing some tough challenges, including an ageing population, an insufficiently qualified workforce, the need for greater innovation, striking a balance between economic growth and environmental degradation, and ensuring secure, clean energy supplies. Regional policy projects across the EU are playing an active role in dealing with these and many other challenges, by undertaking projects designed to generate employment, raise educational achievement, develop renewable energy sources, boost productivity and give all citizens access to opportunities. The projects and the regions play a pivotal role in this, as they generate real results that contribute to achieving the strategy’s key goals.

With attention focused on the innovative and sustainable use of energy sources and the development of a healthier, less polluted education environment, the project has installed thermal insulation with the potential for 235 tons of CO2 savings per year.

A green environment for education

This school insulation project is contributing to a healthier environment for learning with better heating in schools through smart and sustainable use of energy sources. It is also generating economic gains with major cost savings now possible due to the lower demand for heating. The external walls of eight school buildings covering a total area of 11 849 m2 were the target of the thermal insulation works. The method and technical parameters used were based on recommendations arising from energy audits.

The benefits for the community include reduced energy consumption in the premises covered, resulting in a drop in pollutant emissions, including greenhouse gases (CO2) of 235 tons per year, alongside a fall in energy consumption of 3 346 GJ annually. Improvements such as these are contributing to better air quality in the densely populated Kladno conglomeration which in the past has had to suffer excessive concentrations of certain pollutants.

Generating a ripple effect

The wider aim of the project is to promote energy-saving measures in cooperation with the Centrum ekologické výchovy (Centre of Environmental Education) in Kladno. Under its programmes targeting entrepreneurs and public administrations, the Centre will distribute information on the real results that can be achieved when saving measures are introduced in premises, irrespective of how old buildings are or the type of construction. The long-term aim is for other projects focused on energy savings to be initiated and carried out for both existing and newly built premises.


Draft date

22/08/2011