December 1, 2006
by Canadian Architect
Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, School District 43 (Coquitlam) has been awarded LEED Silver Certification. This is the first LEED certified school in British Columbia, and the first school in Canada to achieve LEED Silver Certification.
Designed by KMBR Architects and Planners Inc., the 1200-student, 11,770-square-metre HeritageWoods Secondary School included BC Hydro energy modelling, daylight studies (Seattle Lighting Design Lab), and formal value analysis. Using heat recovery ventilation, geothermal heating/cooling and other energy efficient systems, the building performs 53% better than the Model Energy Code.
Green design features include:
a compact and thermally efficient building plan & envelope
building orientation and layout optimizes daylight and minimizes solar heat gain
effective daylight control shading devices plus light shelves
durable, low-maintenance, and self-finish materials
ground-source heat pump cooling and heating
heat-recovery ventilation utilizing chimney effect in atrium
natural ventilation, openable windows
high-efficiency boilers for half the boiler capacity peak load
variable speed drives for mechanical pumps
low water consumption plumbing fixtures; partial use of waterless urinals
DDC controls and enhanced building commissioning procedures
zero use of CFC-based refrigerants and Halon fire suppression
carbon dioxide monitoring, high air-exchange rating
occupancy sensors to control lighting and outside air
reduced artificial lighting, enhanced daylighting
energy-efficient lamps, ballasts, exit signs
exterior lighting on photocell and time-clock control
computer display in atrium will indicate the dynamic workings of the buildings to occupants, and serve as a educational tool
For more information, please visit www.kmbr.com.