Temperature and CO2 controls, automatic windows, a smart heating and insulation system, as well as water harvesting, all combine to make this school one of a kind.
The new Scoil Mhuire in the County Meath village of Moynalty aims not only to reduce running costs but also to be a testing ground for pupils and building experts to learn about how a range of high tech building management systems work in practice.
Pupils Joseph Gilsenan and Morgan Casemore describe the increased amount of light and space that the new school provides.
The building itself has been designed to reduce its running costs but maximise the use of the environment, such as using natural light and a heat exchange ventilation system in each classroom.
Denise Ward the principal of Scoil Mhuire describes the new school as an educational tool which will help to connect the children to their surroundings and create an awareness of the environment.
Father Joseph McEvoy, Chairman of the Board of Management, says it's
A dream school.
This kind of school does not come cheap, costing nearly €2 million.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 June 2012. The reporter is Richard Dowling.