A set of 14 pilot public school buildings will be utilised in the context of the project; 7 of them are primary schools, another 6 are secondary schools and 1 is a technical high school. The schools are spread across 5 locations, covering a range of local climatic conditions. Moreover, 4 of the pilot buildings are situated in suburban areas, 1 in a rural area, 2 in small islands, while the rest are situated close to city centers. Currently, electricity consumption meters are installed in all of these pilot buildings, along with sensors monitoring indoor and outdoor conditions as described above. The vast majority of the rooms monitored are used for teaching purposes and the rest for other activities like teacher/staff rooms, gym, etc. The year of construction of these buildings ranges from 1950 to 2000.
Also, the buildings of consortium partner Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) will be part of the pilots in Greece. EA is a large private school which covers every degree of education from nursery to high school. Apart from the required teaching classes, the buildings of the primary school and the junior and the senior high school, include 6 common rooms, 3 computer laboratories, 3 music rooms, 3 art rooms, 3 laboratories for chemistry, sciences and technology, 2 amphitheaters, 2 video rooms, 2 libraries, halls, observatory, an indoor gym, swimming pool, basketball/volleyball/tennis courts, football fields. The total number of students of all levels attending EA is currently close to 2200, thus making the total number of Greek students that will be directly or indirectly affected by the project close to 5000.
One pilot study will be settled in the building of the Gramsci Keynes High School in Prato. The school was founded in 2000 and offers three curricula: economic, technological and scientific programs. The total number of students is close to 1400. The school has 136 teachers and 28 employees in the technical and administration staff. The building was completed at the end of ’80s and consists of two buildings, covering 12.000 square meters with multiple teaching rooms, 3 computer laboratories with 25 PCs each, 1 CAD laboratory, 2 laboratories for language learning equipped with 30 PCs and a smart board, a conference room, 1 library, 1 indoor gym. The school is open all day long from Monday to Saturday. An energy meter is installed providing energy consumption measurements on a monthly basis for the two buildings as a whole.
Additionally, three public buildings at the Sapienza Universita di Roma main campus will be used. More than 100.000 students attend lectures and have social activities within the main campus. A high speed WiFi connection is available and will be used to engage the students in the social gaming platform. The selected buildings include administrative offices with at least two floors and more than 40 employees. The buildings include a front-office building with more than 100 visitors/day, a back-office building with a limited number of visitors but a larger number of employees and a building with small and medium sized rooms for meetings and seminars. These buildings have a 30/40-years old electric plant.
Soderhamn municipality’s (consortium partner) technical high school building complex (Staffangymnasiet) will be used within ̈ GAIA. The high school consists of five buildings, covering 16.000 square meters and 220 rooms. The main building was constructed during the 19th century. It has been extended and renovated numerous times over. The number of people using the buildings daily is close to 1000, with a staff of 110. Currently, 12 energy consumption meters are installed.