The New Albany-Plain Local School District in Ohio will soon have an outdoor classroom on its campus as part of a new construction project in the county, according to the New Albany News.
"It was part of our 20-year plan to have a classroom in the wetlands (nature preserve) area," Superintendent April Domine said.
The outdoor classroom was built by students from the Ohio State University College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture, and features a variety of green technologies in order to limit the environmental impact of the structure.
"It provides an exceptional opportunity for our students to have a unique 'green' building on campus, a building that was built to demonstrate some of the latest green technology," Domine told the newspaper.
The building was designed with low emission levels in mind, and students will be able to study the technology that is used in an introductory course to architecture and sustainability. Environmental science students will be able to learn about the benefits of a radiant heating system and solar panels and the reduction of emissions that comes from these products.
Radiant heating systems help to minimize the waste that is associated with a heating system, as the technology limits the amount of energy that is needed to warm a room during all times of the year.
A Warmboard radiant heating system maximizes on the efficiency of the technology, as its paneling contains more aluminum than other products and is therefore more conductive.
This high level of conductivity allows the system to deliver heat in the most efficient manner, as the water that is pumped through the piping of the product does not have to be heated to as high of a temperature as other systems.