GECA licensee ROCKCOTE has played an important role in the refurbishment of Taylor School, Canberra.
The school was temporarily closed in March 2012 due to damage discovered following heavy rainfall. Concerns about asbestos kept the school closed and the government soon announced a refurbishment that would include the removal of all material containing asbestos along with a major upgrade of the school’s infrastructure.
Students and staff were able to return to the newly revamped school for the beginning of term this year – two years and $13 million later. Key to the refurbishments was the use of bright and vibrant ROCKCOTE EcoStyle paints, which were used on interior and exterior walls of the buildings.
ROCKCOTE Managing Director, Bob Cameron, said that the health and wellbeing of students, staff and parents was an important factor in the refurbishments.
When the school was rebuilt, the community was pedantic about using the safest options for students and staff, and being an icon for healthy buildings,” said Bob.
They have certainly achieved that and the use of EcoStyle paints in all the teaching areas, staff rooms and school hall has helped improve indoor air quality.
Small Quinton Coleman Architects, a Canberra-based company that specialises in community architecture projects, managed the school refurbishment.
Jovan Van Kampen from SQCA praised the very low VOC and low odour qualities of the EcoStyle Paint.
The beauty of this paint is the speed at which you can expose people to the paint and know that it is safe,” he said. “This is particularly important for children and school environments.
The high performance quality of the EcoStyle paint also makes it easier to maintain and reduces the amount of annual maintenance required.
The ROCKCOTE EcoStyle range of paints meet GECA’s criteria for lower environmental and health impacts compared to standard paint formulations.
Taylor School refurbished with RockCote EcoStyle
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