Not too brrrrrrright: Students are freezing in $40,000 solar powered classroom

by editor on March 3, 2011

Just one quick question before we get to the meat of this story: Are you aware of an eco-project – any eco-project anywhere in the world – that actually works and doesn’t require massive government subsidies? This one certainly doesn’t qualify.

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Learning is difficult in this British eco-classroom because the teacher's lectures are drowned out by the chattering of the students' teeth

The Daily Mail UK reports the chilling details:

Eco-campaigners who built a classroom powered by the sun believed they were paving the way for the future.
Instead they have been taught a valuable lesson – there is not enough sun in North London to sufficiently heat their building.
The much feted zero-carbon Living Ark classroom was opened three months ago to great fanfare.

It boasts laudable green credentials and is made from sustainable wood, sheep’s wool and soil. The roof is made of mud and grass and it has its own ‘rain pod’ and solar panels.
But there is snag – its solar panels only provide enough energy to power a few lightbulbs.
As a result the classroom is bitterly cold and uninhabitable for lessons.

Parents have branded it ‘useless’, an ‘expensive piece of wood’ and a ‘great idea for the Caribbean’.

The Living Ark was built at Muswell Hill Primary School, North London, at the cost of £25,000.

If we could merely harness the hot air expelled by Al Gore and his band of global warming acolytes, the classroom would be so damn hot that the little British tykes would have to strip down to their skivvies. Which would, of course, present a whole different set of problems.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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JustanAubie
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JustanAubie

You know…what amazes me is the fact nobody notices that “to” should be “too” in the headline but what do I know? I’m just an unwashed part of the masses.

Namanini
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Namanini

Like there was global warming in the first place. Another Ponzi for the globocrats with YOU paying the bill (again) I smell bullshnizlitz

hisham
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hisham

It’s eco-nomics: feels good, uses other people’s money whenever possible, costs 15 times more than originally estimated, is usually ridiculously inefficient, is never built on time and usually ends up looking like an elephant designed by a committee of blind engineers. This one kinda looks like a Hobbit hole.

Mistella
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Mistella

One of the coldest days I ever spent was after getting off a plane in July at Heathrow. I flew there from Orlando and wasn’t expecting cold, wet, windy rain. These folks couldn’t have possibly done any engineering because it’s possible to predict the heat gain/loss before the building is built. This had to be just a feel-good waste of money.

spymyeyes
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spymyeyes

I wonder what the RU value is?

I know, get the pink panther to do a comercial on them…..there all better!

Sententia
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Sententia

These pipe dreams always work… In the winter they provide a cold classroom environment and in the summer they provide a hot classroom environment.

KimmyQueen
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LOLOLOLOLOLOL

They are idiots! England is notorious for bad weather. Eco liberals are fools. If I had them in front of me I would laugh in their face.

Necron_99
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Necron_99

LOL… silly, stupid, wasteful, eco-tards. Next thing you know they’ll be handing out umbrellas with big holes in them so the sun can shine through and keep them warm while it’s raining on them.

KimmyQueen
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Seriously… someone gave us a thumbs down. I wish I could laugh in his face.

Necron_99
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Necron_99

Kimmy, the thumbs down probably came from some eco-tard that’s pissed because I stole their brilliant “solar umbrella” idea before they could get it legally mandated by the EPA & internationally endorsed by Man-bear-pig Gore.

Actually, I can’t take credit for the concept for the umbrella… It came from an issue of ‘Mad Magazine’s’ Al Jaffe’s Mad Inventions I recalled reading back in the 70’s when all this “energy Crisis/Global Warming” Bullsh1t got started during the Peanut Farmer’s 4 disastrous years of libtard insanity…

KimmyQueen
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LOL I can actually see an eco-fool wanting to patent it.

RockingHorseGuy
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And since the public wouldn’t buy them, Obama could conjure up a new federal department to buy them and distribute them to the poor.

KimmyQueen
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Or make laws out of his ass in order to make average citizens buy it, if we don’t, then tax us or send us to prison like a good little dictator that he is.

TednP
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TednP

I don’t want to hear the words Eco, Sustainable, Environmentally friendly or even green ever again. I don’t even think I’ll read Green Eggs and Ham to my grandkids the word repulses me so much. We need to point the artillery for the “War on Terror” at the next political scam artist that utters any one of the above listed words.

mojo
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mojo

“Location, location, location!”
— The Real Estate Mantra

kb
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kb

North of England for a solar powered classroom….not a well thought out plan…

deepthinker
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deepthinker

At least it was the English tax payers money that was wasted this time. Some enlightened individual here in the USA will wish to try this here. I say we set it up some where in Idaho or North Dakota. That way all the children can sit real close and stay snug and warm.

Big Al
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Big Al

If they burned their own manure they would never get cold.

Ruben
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Ruben

True… and that 3″ x 5″ area between their ears guarantees a never-ending supply!

spymyeyes
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spymyeyes

This is just another example of green-scheme failures.

Look to see these SEIU backed classrooms is states soon.

Hey, maybe the queen of England can give one to Obummer at the Royal wedding!?

Oh wait, that’s right Moochele & Barry got the big snub, right! LOL

nuke
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nuke

This is great. Al Gore should be living in one of these things.

Conservative Kentuckian
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Conservative Kentuckian

I read about this monstrosity on another web site. I also read the comments. One person said that this had been tried in Australia, but it was so hot that the students could only lie around with cold, wet towels. I guess these things don’t work in any climate. But then what does that matter when it’s a good way to spend money?

andre
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andre

Zero carbon, my ass! Even if , IF, this thing worked, were the panels made without the use of carbon-based fuels? Were the materials delivered by bicycle (and if so, was the bicycle made without the use of carbon-based fuels)? Were the rare-earth metals that go into the solar panels mined using Chevy Volts? (hint – they were probably mined in China – read: environmentally friendly? Not so much).

Was the sustainable wood (What the hell does that even mean?) cut by hand? Was the wool cut using manual shears? Was the soil dug with hand shovels? Well, maybe. But if so, exactly how well will that work in mass production?

And if this was not really intended for mass production, then what the hell was the point?

W

RockingHorseGuy
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Even if all that you mention were done by hand, doesn’t he person doing the work exhale? Nothing is carbon neutral.

KimmyQueen
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That explains why some of the cookiest of the crazies advocate killing as many human beings and pets as possible.

RockingHorseGuy
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I just think they should take the initiative and start the cleansing with their own pets, then their own children, then themselves. It’s only fair. Lead by example.

KimmyQueen
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That is what I say. If they weren’t hypocrites they will start the cleansing process in their own homes. Although I say leave the kids alive, after all there is always a chance the kids would not grow up to be idiots.

andre
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andre

That’s an excellent point. All that talk by our esteemed First Lady about getting out and being active – that will be a huge contributor to the increase in CO2. All the couch potatoes should get some serious credit for saving the planet!