Marjina Horka Gymnasium, the first school in Belarus to embrace green design, was opened on 27 June within the EU-funded ‘Supporting the transition to a “green” economy in the Republic of Belarus’ project.
The eco-design, which is new for Belarus, not only provides the building with an aesthetically-pleasing look but also encompasses a whole range of environmental, engineering and economic benefits, the EU said in a press release.
The green roof of the school – which consists of a floor slab, damp-proof carpet, a heat insulating layer, a profiled drainage membrane, a filter layer and soil – helps to increase the number of green zones per city resident. Being an additional source of oxygen, it also absorbs dust and toxic fumes from the environment, creating a natural green zone and adjusting air humidity.
The project aims to support the Republic of Belarus in generating “green” economic growth, including increasing the environmental sustainability and economical feasibility of using natural resources, promoting green production and green consumption patterns, creating green jobs, and changing the behavior of target group towards greater environmental sustainability. The budget of the project is 5 million euro.
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