Building zero-carbon schools could save the UK £165m in annual energy bills, according to research into sustainable construction

The figure is equivalent to £22 for every pupil. Steelmaker Corus and trade body the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) commissioned engineer Faber Maunsell and consultant Cyril Sweett to conduct the research and come up with guidance on using steel to make zero-carbon buildings.

The £1m project will involve publishing guidance for five building types, including schools, warehouses, offices, supermarkets and mixed-use buildings.

The first of the guides, focusing on schools, is scheduled to appear this summer. Others will appear at three-monthly intervals after that.