Double sustainability win for Copenhagen International School
Active House Alliance, the network of companies sharing a vision of buildings that create healthier and more comfortable lives for their occupants with no negative impact on the climate, selected the winner of its 2018 Active House Awards at its international Symposium in Italy today.
This turned out to be a sunny day for the solar panel covered Copenhagen International School (CIS).
- At unanimity, the Jury voted Copenhagen International School as the overall winner of the competition, rewarding its social impact. Besides, it clearly embodies all the three Active House aspects: Energy, Comfort, Environment, in a very clever and expressive way, states the jury behind the Active House Award 2018.
Winner in its category
The jury received submissions from all over the world and named winners in four categories of projects.
Categories are: designed projects without radar, designed projects with radar, built projects without radar and finally built projects with radar. CIS wins in the category Built projects with radar with these words from the jury,
- Volumes, inner and outer, skins with integrated PV, openings for natural light and ventilation, insulation, thermal delay, clever energy strategies make this building a visible Milestone for any future design related to sustainable buildings.
12.000 solar panels
CIS Nordhavn is a new school building for Copenhagen International School, which is located on a prominent site in Copenhagen's new Nordhavn district. The school is designed to integrate with the public sphere in the urban environment and provide age-adapted state-of-the-art learning environments as well as shared and extrovert activity spaces which also are for local community events.
The school has made sustainability the pivot of its curriculum, resulting in features like a unique façade covered in 12.000 solar panels, each individually angled to create a sequin-like effect, which will supply more than half of the school's annual electricity consumption. The solar cells cover a total area of 6,048 square meters making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark.