As one of the first Enviroschools in New Zealand, the enviro-elective of Hukanui Primary School approached PAUA, keen to build a new dedicated learning space that truly balanced the 'triple bottom line' of people, profit, and planet,. The ‘Living Room’ would act as a living laboratory for students - during and beyond its construction - to understand building environments, passive heating, cooling and ventilation systems, and how to modify them to create a healthy, comfortable space.
Hukanui School's environmental elective students were intrinsically involved in the research, design decision-making and construction for this ground-breaking eco-classroom.
The PAUA team enjoyed their role ‘extension’, from designers to educators, helping the students to understand concepts like passive solar design and thermal mass, and to research issues like building orientation, life-cycle analysis, and building performance, and selecting construction methodologies and materials.
“For a new initiative such as our eco-classroom, it was imperative that we established clear avenues of communication at a range of levels. [PAUA Architects] made this possible through their sound organisation, written communication, and by encouraging all those involved to ask questions. The genuine care for the result of our project was always evident.”
Michelle White (Environmental Educator) and David Mossop (Former Principal)
Hukanui Primary School