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Guess who can't do heat/energy requirement calculations

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Guess who can't do heat/energy requirement calculations

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1360297/25-000-eco-classroom-used-solar-panels-dont-provide-...
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It boasts laudable green credentials and is made from sustainable wood, sheep’s wool and soil. The roof is made of mud and grass and it has its own ‘rain pod’ and solar panels.
But there is snag - its solar panels only provide enough energy to power a few lightbulbs.
As a result the classroom is bitterly cold and uninhabitable for lessons.
Parents have branded it ‘useless’, an ‘expensive piece of wood’ and a ‘great idea for the Caribbean’.
The Living Ark was built at Muswell Hill Primary School, North London, at the cost of £25,000.
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Charlotte Linacre, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, accused the council of wasting money on pet projects which do not benefit pupils.
She said: ‘It’s an awful waste that so much money has been ploughed into this eco-mistake.
‘This project fails to meet the needs of staff and pupils by giving them a classroom that is most useful when the kids are on their summer holidays.
‘Lessons have to be learned at the local authority. They must stop spending taxpayers’ hard earned cash on expensive pet projects that do nothing to improve pupils’ education.
‘All this will teach kids is how poorly planned and costly local authorities projects can be.’
Lib Dem Councillor Gail Engerts said: ‘It is such a shame that, considering the fanfare, it emerges that this facility cannot be used by the children all year round.’
Headteacher Jill Hughes defended the project and said she hoped classes would be held in the classroom when the weather gets warmer.
She said: ‘We’re delighted to have the Living Ark - its a tremendous resource both for the school and the local community and is an important part of the Muswell Hill low carbon zone initiative.’
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pierre_pierre
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Re: Guess who can't do heat/energy requirement calculations

must be the same lot who put in my useless Solar Hot water system, they got done twice by trading standards are there fines were more than the Muswell hill bill
alanf
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Re: Guess who can't do heat/energy requirement calculations

For something that is supposed to be energy-efficient why no lobby  / revolving door at the entrance to keep warm air in?  
No windows (other than at the entrance)  and a covered roof so it relies on artificial light even in Summer?
A human body at rest emits around 100W so all they have to do is have it permanently inhabited by a large enough number of people and it will get warm.
I wonder what claims were made by the designers as opposed to what has been said by the publicists.
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Re: Guess who can't do heat/energy requirement calculations

and we wonder why this country is in such a mess?
I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!