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Welcome to Construction and Human Development. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to improve education levels, reduce poverty and strengthen communities.
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Construction and Poverty & Deprivation
Fuel poverty can be caused by buildings that are inefficient and expensive to heat, causing families to spend a significant amount on energy bills to stay warm. How can construction solve this problem?
Construction and Education
The design of schools and classrooms can increase educational attainment by up to 15% according to studies. How can construction create these high-achieving schools?
Construction and Regeneration
How do we repair our failing High Streets and make them attractive to visitors again? As a central hub for the community, how can construction be part of the regeneration that benefits neighbourhoods and residents?
Construction and Human Development
About Lesson


Positive learning environments in schools have been shown to link closely to good design of school buildings. Good school building design has a significant and positive impact on pupil behaviour, engagement, wellbeing and attainment. Several studies have shown that daylight is not only good for children’s overall health and wellbeing, but that it can also significantly improve academic performance. Academic performance can increase by up to 15% when students work in classrooms with larger windows and good daylight helps to create a sense of physical and mental comfort.

We are currently designing a new school building, and the governors are keen to use daylight as part of the design. Good design is about creating cost-effective environments that help drive up educational outcomes, enhance teacher-and-pupil-wellbeing, while limiting future running and maintenance costs. There are a number of factors we need to consider to make sure that this is an effective approach, including controlling excessive glare and designing solutions that ensure daylight reaches all the way to the back of deep classrooms and corridors.

Another consideration is the effect of windows on temperature. In bright sunlight, rooms can become too hot, and in cold weather heat can be lost through all the glazing.

I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.

I would like you to complete an online registration to assess the U-values for windows in the school. U-Values measure how well heat is transferred by the entire window, either into or out of the building. The lower the U-Value number, the better the window or door will keep heat inside a building on a cold day.

I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.

Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.

When you’re finished with your task, you can learn more about the employers, job roles and projects in this area of construction.

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