While green campuses are on the rise among large industrial groups – as evidenced by the development of the Apple Park, a 100% renewable energy campus designed by the tech giant – Copenhagen, the European capital of urbanism, has also take a step towards better energy consumption and carbon footprint reduction inside the walls of a college facility. Indeed, a smart eco-campus was created within the Copenhagen International School and unveiled last January. 12,000 water-based photovoltaic panels developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne are covering the facade of the school building, making it the largest solar facade in the world and supplying half of the Nordhavn campus's annual energy needs. 'Smart' construction materials also ensure optimum acoustics, and window glasses filter infrared rays and heat while retaining natural light. Inside the school itself, the classrooms are equipped with interactive screens, and sensors regulate both the LED lighting and the airflow (the technology can dim the lights during reading sessions, for instance). Finally, the classes themselves are focusing on green energy: physical science and mathematics programs include the collection and analysis of energy data; and students are also introduced to greenhouse cultivation and recycling of organic waste. In a way, both the courses and the building itself are eco-friendly!
By Marie-Eléonore Noiré