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Since the school is being designed through professional architects, the building could be designed as a 'green building', with adequate means for natural air circulation and natural lighting, so that there is a reduced requirement of electricity for ventilation and lighting. In addition, elements for zero-waste could also be included.

Vijai

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Thanks for this. We have discussed with the architects and they too agree it should make use of natural lighting and air circulation. It will certainly be incorporated into the design.

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Anna Soper

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Hi Vijai,

I was wondering, what do you mean by 'zero waste'? How will we incorporate that into this building?

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Anna Soper

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Hi Anna,

Good question, and probably the architects designing the building already know the answer, since the concept of a 'green building' is quite popular globally, and waste management is one of the important elements in the 'green' concept.

To describe this at a basic level - you must be aware that waste-dumping is a big issue globally due to it's impact on the environment, and this is how it links with the 'green' effort.

For the school, logically the issue is 'household waste'. If the school has a chemical laboratory, an additional element of 'chemical waste' is also included. Similarly, all other aspects of the school can be examined to see if any other elements of waste exist, in addition to household waste.

Waste management of this school complex would then comprise of methods by which the waste can be either 'neutralized', or 'managed' so that it's impact on the environment is eliminated. The target obviously, is 'zero waste'.

Many aspects of waste management may require special structural elements to be available in the building. This is how it all connects with the architectural stage.

I hope this helps.

Vijai

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Great! Thanks for this. We will see which ways we will incorporate this into the Buterere school.

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Anna Soper

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