New Glasgow nursery schools embed green tech

The four new establishments are being built in the early years at Govanhill, Broomhill, Carntyne and Tollcross Park. All four new buildings are currently under construction through the main contractor City Building (Glasgow), with all grant-funded work to be completed by the end of March 2022.

Air source heat pumps and supporting infrastructure will enable all four new nursery schools to receive warmth and hot water from electricity, while Govanhill and Broomhill nursery schools will also have ‘smart’ gray water systems installed to mitigate local flood risks by glorify it. Groundwater storage capacity before storms.

The Early Years Expansion Program will be the first new Glasgow City Council building to adopt these new technologies in order to transition to a low carbon property.

The inclusion of sustainable technology in the new buildings – which can be delivered with matching funding from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Program (LCITP) – will support Glasgow’s climate emergency plan and its desire to achieve net zero carbon in the city by 2030.

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The council said the £329,313 LCITP funding would not only help increase the number of low-carbon buildings within its land but also provide a platform for new skills and knowledge to be gained and incorporated into the council’s technical teams.

Council member Anna Richardson, organizer of City Meetings for Sustainability and Low Carbon, said: “I am delighted the council has received LCITP funding, which means we can incorporate technology into these new buildings that will help reduce our carbon footprint and help us prepare for the impacts of climate change.

“Providing low-carbon childcare complements the council’s broader sustainability work in this area. The introduction of these green technologies also supports many of our other environmental strategies that seek to protect the environment. These projects will have a particularly positive impact on the local communities involved by helping to Reduce flood risks and reduce heat emissions.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport said: “I am very pleased that the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Program can support Glasgow City Council in ensuring that the new nurseries will rely on low carbon energy sources for heating and electricity consumption. It is important that they are aligned Facilities like this play an important role in our communities with commitments from the Scottish Government and Glasgow Net.”

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