New public schools with an efficient energy conceptCase Study of the newly built Wendelstein Gymnasium
The “Energy efficiency and renewable energy in the construction of the Wendelstein grammar school” project, which was carried out between the district of Roth and the Institut für Energietechnik IfE GmbH at the Amberg-Weiden University of Applied Sciences (Director: Prof. Dr Markus Brautsch, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering/Environmental Engineering), was presented with the Bavarian Energy Award 2012 in the “renewable energy” category by Martin Zeil, the Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology. The “Wendelstein grammar school” concept is an expression of the ongoing development of energy policy in the Bavarian district of Roth. Within ten years, it has succeeded in reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide from district-owned properties by 86%, thanks to the use of renewable energy sources (biomass, landfill gas, solar) and energy upgrades. This success led to the district of Roth founding the first state-wide municipal energy agency in 1995. Working closely with the Institut für Energietechnik IfE at the Amberg-Weiden University of Applied Sciences, the district of Roth realised the energy-efficient construction of the grammar school in Wendelstein (district of Roth, Bavaria). A continuously successful four-year cooperation between both partners included the following phases: defining energy standards in the council, conducting an architecture competition, developing a highly innovative energy concept, supporting the implementation, and future scientific consultations about the energy system. It was therefore possible to build a grammar school which is characterised by a high level of energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy and cost-effectiveness. The first classes were held on 13 September 2012. The highly innovative energy systems (heat pumps, photovoltaics, thermal activation, heat recovery) were also incorporated into the curriculum for physics, natural sciences and technology.