Gauteng gets it's first green school

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has opened the province's first school built entirely from alternative construction technologies.

The state-of-the-art Orefile Primary School, which was officially opened on Tuesday, is set to dramatically improve learning conditions in Olievenhoutbosch, especially for learners enrolled at Philane Primary School, currently housed in a set of prefabricated structures.

Half of the 1 192 pupils at Philane will be transferred to the brand new school at the beginning of the new school year in January 2013.

Orefile was built in a record of 10 months using the Razorbill alternative construction method, instead of bricks and mortar. The entire project cost R33.4 million.

The school boasts 24 classrooms including three Grade R, eight Foundation Phase, nine Intermediate and four Senior Phase classrooms; an administration block; computer and multimedia rooms; storerooms; laboratories; sports fields, recreational and ablution facilities.

Handing over the new school, Mokonyane highlighted that with the use of alternative technology, the province was helping to find and create national solutions. "A green school has happened for the first time in South Africa and here in Gauteng province. It is going to use recycled water, alternative energy sources and has an alternative layout of the school infrastructure.”

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy thanked the Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu for pushing the project and ensuring that delivery happened within a few months.



What is green about Razorbil, just asking as I am unfamiliar with the technology. Alastair Armstrong (MD, inSynch Sustainable Tech - Green Building Consultants)

According to this article, "the building consists of lightweight steel frames joined together and cladded with fibre cement boards filled with lightweight concrete mix."  We have requested further information which we'll forward to you once we get it.

Thanks for your question Alastair - we will endeavour to find out an answer for you...

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