Evaluating Environmental Sustainability in Iranian Primary Schools through Design Principle Approach

  •  Bushra Abbasi    
  •  Mohammad Mohammadi    
  •  Mohadeseh Mahmoudi    


As the first educational space children spend most of their daily time in, Primary School is the best start point of fostering the priorities of environmental sustainability. Lack of consideration in this field is clearly showing the absence of environmental sustainable requirements in the guiding design principles. Yet, what are the shortcomings of design principles in Iranian primary schools? This paper aims to define the shortcomings of design principles in Iranian primary schools on the basis of environmental sustainability and present recommendation which can be considered by Iranian school designers. The adopted method of research is case study approach, and answering the research questions by qualitative data collection. To reach the aim of research, importance of environmental sustainability in a primary school is highlighted and the effect of governmental design principles on the design of school building will be reviewed through relevant literature and reliable documents. Then, environmental considerations of the design principles presented by State Organization of School Renovation, Development and mobilization in Iran are evaluated on the grounds of LEED for school rating system. In addition, Roshangar Primary school which was successfully built in accordance to the mentioned Iranian design principle is selected as the case study of research. Through a visual analysis, current practice of these design principles can be examined and presented in a clear view. The shortcomings of the above mentioned design principles will be discovered afterwards and recommendations will be presented in the conclusion of research.

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