School are a social, environmental and economic asset. For our students to feel, perform, and connect better with a changing world, our buildings must respond so our learning environments function as sustainable community assets and places of world-class education.

Good environmental design can improve learning outcomes, health and wellbeing. It can improve comfort for students and staff, reducing the impacts of both the urban heat-island effect and greenhouse gas emissions, at the same time improving how schools work now and over their whole life span.

The Environmental Design in Schools manual has been developed to be an accessible and practical guide to engage and enthuse school communities to make sustainable interventions in the building and operating of their schools. It demonstrates how schools can incorporate environmental design principles and passive design strategies in existing school grounds.

The manual showcases only a small number of school communities doing exciting things to make a real difference to the design and operations of their schools. We also acknowledge and look forward to hearing about the many other schools that are also working towards better environmental design.

The Environmental Design in Schools manual guide prepared by the NSW Government Architect in collaboration with Schools Infrastructure NSW.

You can download the Environmental Design in Schools manual below.

This manual can be read alongside the GANSW Design Guide for Schools which provides guidance on new schools and major upgrades in NSW. Please click on the link below to view this guide: