Green Schools Field Trip:

On 20th March 2012, IBPSA-UAE student chapter members organized a site visit to a number of green schools in Abu Dhabi Emirate accompanied by post-graduate students. The objective was to teach students the new approaches in sustainable school design based on learning from mistakes of the past and observing the feedback and the post-occupancy experience from the students and staff. Comparison of actual performance results against simulation techniques was highlighted.




External elevation of a classroom block in Al-Diwan Kindergarten; one of the first green kindergartens in the city of Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate.

A classroom interior of the same kindergarten showing some glare problems.

One of the kindergarten lobby halls showing the sun pipes in the ceiling to maintain a daylight access besides the upper fixed windows.

Kids are playing in shaded areas with sufficient greenery and permeable grounds.

A classroom in Al-Hosoon Girls Elementary School, where students were complaining from poor daylight and some glare problems.

Swimming pool in Al-Hosoon Girls Elementary School, showing sun pipes in the ceiling and sufficient distribution of daylight.

Same technique was used also in the dining hall.

Solar thermal panels fixed on the school roof for hot water and also used to teach students about sustainable technologies as an educational tool, besides sun pipes and photovoltaic panels.