Hivve: an education ecosystem
RAPID growth in student numbers, an increasing concern for the environment, and escalating energy costs are challenging schools to find new ways to provide the quality infrastructure essential for good learning outcomes.
Educators are also aware of a growing body of research that shows the quality of the built environment directly affects learning outcomes.
In addition, evolving teaching and learning practices mean that aging, legacy school buildings often aren’t able (or ideally suited) to provide the right learning environment.
So how do schools meet these challenges and provide great quality spaces that positively support learning and the environment?
The new Hivve classroom is an education eco-system that has been specifically designed to create the best possible learning environment in a truly sustainable way.
Hivves engage with students providing practical, real life learning pathways that explore how the built environment can positively interact with the natural environment.
The Hivve classroom incorporates a solar PV system integrated with smart technology which measures and monitors energy generation, energy use as well as internal and external air temperature and quality.
This data is displayed in the classroom on a dashboard in real time and is also accessible through a web portal allowing for additional analysis.
Hivves are an environmentally responsible powerhouse, generating enough zero carbon emission electricity to power all of its’ electrical systems including air conditioning.
In fact, the Hivves currently deployed have been generating about 5 to 6 times what they use. This surplus electricity is exported and consumed within the school, reducing the amount of energy the school buys from the grid.
Even on extremely hot days, when outdoor temperatures have exceeded 40oc, the Hivves are able to create and maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and export electricity to the rest of the school.
Hivves keep generating electricity even when school’s out on weekends and holidays, further powering the school and exporting to the grid.
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the Hivve education ecosystem is its ability to enable students to engage with the technology and enjoy practical, real life lessons in responsible sustainable living.
As the Hon Josh Frydenberg, MP, Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, noted during his recent visit to a Hivve classroom: “this is a great opportunity for our students to learn about energy production and consumption as well as various exciting technology developments – many of which Australia is at the forefront”.
This has certainly been true for some year 6 students learning in a Hivve classroom in south west Sydney, who have shown how enthusiastic our next generation of kids are about sustainable living. They fully embrace the need to reduce carbon emissions and value the opportunity to see how they can make a difference.
For more information on how Hivve buildings and technology can improve the sustainability and learning outcomes at your school, visit: www.hivve.com.au.
Inside a Hivve classroom.