Access to Education

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Flanders has approximately 20,000 school buildings, of which more than half were built before 1970 and more than a quarter were built before 1950. Because of a capacity shortage and outdated school buildings the Flemish government works, among other, together with private partners to meet the major needs for school infrastructure. Flanders started a large-scale catch-up movement of school infrastructure via alternative financing, better known as PPP. This DBFM program ‘Schools of Tomorrow’ is a public-private partnership between AG Real Estate, BNP Paribas Fortis and the Flemish Government through its public entity School Invest. The total size of the DBFM program is 1.5 billion €.

The total project consists of:

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In addition, all new school buildings must comply with most recent applicable EPB requirements regarding schools as per the Decree of 7 December 2007 concerning energy performance in schools.

On May 23, 2008 the Government of Flanders initiated the pilot project Passive Schools: building schools according to the passive house standard across all provinces and educational networks in Flanders. This corresponds to a total construction of 19 schools or an area of 65,565 m² and which is still partly under construction. 8 of these passive schools are part of the DBFM program Schools of Tomorrow.