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Passive pavilion in Malý Újezd Primary School

Organisation: Centre for Transport and Energy Website: Added: November 02, 2023
Project start date: January 01, 2017
Project end date: January 01, 2018


The project concerns the construction of a new primary school pavilion, which was built in a purely passive energy standard. The school uses a heat pump for heating and hot water. There is also thermal insulation of the external walls, roof and floor, triple glazing in windows and doors, active external blinds, controlled ventilation with two heat recovery units and anhydrite floors. In order to be able to grow flowers, herbs, shrubs and trees in the natural teaching garden, the school had to systematically deal with the accumulation of rainwater, which is collected and channelled through a storm drain into an underground tank.

Financial data

The implementation of the new pavilion and the renovation of the school garden cost approximately CZK 30 million, including preparation, management and engineering. The amount of CZK 7,542,886 was covered by European funds, specifically from the Operational Programme Environment.


This passive house saves a significant amount of energy compared to a standard building, with about half of the energy coming from renewable sources. The passive standard protects the interior from the cold, but also prevents the classrooms from overheating in the summer. Rainwater harvesting on the property solves the problem of drought and maintaining vegetation in the school garden. What's nice is that the school also functions as a natural community center and as a backdrop for events, community traditions and celebrations. It can thus serve as a good source of inspiration for other communities in the country.

Information sources

Village website

Other info

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.