The Endrup School, a state school, was built in the early 1970s and is located in Fredensborg, eastern Denmark. Comprising a series of low-rise buildings that offer about 7,000 square metres of indoor space, the school houses 450 students and 52 teachers, who regularly enjoy the beautiful countryside and tranquil surroundings of the park around Fredensborg Palace.
Until recently, the Endrup School’s two preschool classrooms were severely lacking in both daylight and fresh air – two factors proven to enhance well-being, concentration and, consequently, the ability to learn. The classrooms were dark, façade windows created unpleasant temperature changes, and the teachers and students suffered from poor air quality that caused discomfort and fatigue. The school asked the municipality of Fredensborg for help.
In collaboration with the VELUX Group, the municipality came up with a solution. Installing roof windows equipped with software that enables automatic control and pulse ventilation would provide the classrooms with fresh air without large swings in temperature. “We wanted a solution that ventilated the rooms, lowered the temperature and created better light,” explains architect Knud Jensen.