Building Facilities

Polyethylene Aluminium Composite

The Education Directorate has investigated which schools may have Polyethylene Aluminium Composite (ACP) materials installed as external facade cladding.

ACP are predominantly used on the exterior facade of commercial buildings or as decorative cladding, particularly in newer buildings or those recently refurbished over the last 10 years.

There is a risk that some panels may have combustible cores (eg: polyethylene). However, this risk is considered very low for our schools.

It is also important to understand that all our schools have a high level of fire safety measures in place to support the evacuation of students and staff in the unlikely circumstance of fire.

We have recently undertaken an assessment of all our schools and through this work identified that there may be some schools with ACP installed. However it is yet to be determined if these ACP have a combustible core.

It is important to understand the risk is low and manageable at this time as the building has strong fire systems in place in the unlikely case of fire.

However the Education Directorate has decided, as a proactive measure, to work closely with the ACT Government to identify any further risks and if mediation is required on any of our schools.

Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding

If you would like to know more information about this issue, please speak with your school or call the Liaison Unit on 6205 5429 or online.

Heating and Cooling System Upgrades

The ACT Public school capital upgrades program includes upgrades to heating and cooling systems and build on the recent artificial cooling of all school libraries and administration areas. This includes priority projects developed in consultation with the schools. A rolling program includes passive solutions such as external shading, building insulation and glazing treatments. Recent examples include the following:

2015-16 and 2016-17 – Air Cooling Program - Library Upgrades

  • Ainslie School
  • Campbell Primary
  • Caroline Chisholm Senior
  • Farrer Primary
  • Gilmore Primary
  • Gowrie Primary
  • Lyneham Primary
  • Majura Primary
  • Southern Cross Early Childhood School

2015-16 and 2016-17 – Air Cooling Program - Administration Areas

  • Amaroo School
  • Canberra High
  • Calwell High
  • Campbell Primary
  • Dickson College
  • Farrer Primary
  • Giralang Primary
  • Gold Creek School
  • Gordon Primary
  • Gowrie Primary
  • Harrison School
  • Majura Primary
  • Malkara School
  • Mawson Primary

Additional Projects:

Namadgi School - Heating upgrade to unit 4a
Dickson College - Cooling to two Learning Support Units including an electrical upgrade
Harrison School - Substantial repairs and upgrades to the boiler unit
Wanniassa School - Replacement of two cooling tower and new chiller
Gungahlin College - Heating upgrade and boiler repairs