Eco-schools of tomorrow…

POC Ecorenov Rev3 Ecoles de demain

Eco-schools of tomorrow…

Schools are central public places in the life of a neighbourhood. Yet in 50 years, schools have hardly changed. Premises have deteriorated and buildings certainly don’t embody the changes needed to address the climate challenge. How do you take on the massive eco-renovation of schools (more than 1,500 in 10 years), and this beyond the region’s neighbourhoods? How do you invest differently to initiate changes in offers that could resolve the issue?

Small synergy accumulation for a sustainable project

9 months of exploration and discussion with relevant stakeholders have allowed to document the issue around the renovation of schools. In particular, Belgium’s Flemish Region’s experience has demonstrated how pooling renovation and collaboration between large networks of public and private stakeholders, enable a highly qualitative recovery, by reconfiguring the renovation tactics of 182 schools in the area.

The cross-border platform “Ecorenov rev3 Écoles de demain” aims to activate these changes at the scale of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis. They share a set of resources, tools and endorsements to experiment the renovation of 6-8 prototype schools, establishing links with approaches deployed in neighbouring regions. 

“Quality room”

Following Belgium’s Flemish Region example,Alliance Sens & Économieproposed the Eurometropolis to set up, for an 18-month period, an experimental platform with a Cooperative society of collective interest in property investment and a “quality room”, which will bring together a group of stakeholders to advise on the eco-renovation prototypes: public decision-makers, project managers, user representatives, construction professionals and a local industrial network, invited to collaborate in order to develop new methods, tools and processes, with an exemplary ecological, educational and architectural logic.

The “quality room”, installed in the Architecture, Urbanism and Environment Council of the North, is already enabling best applicable practices to be activated in schools: courtyard plantations, eco-gestures, sustainable canteens and furniture, co-learning with families, multifunctionality and use time, biomaterials, renewable energy shared with the neighbourhood, etc. “Ecorenov rev3 Écoles de demain” experiments with a new ecosystem for the eco-renovation of public buildings and the transition of neighbourhoods. 

  • Porteurs : GECT Eurométropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai
  • Designer : Joachim SAVIN
  • Acteurs : SCIC Alliance Sens & Economie, CAUE du Nord