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New school saves energy and GHGs

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Richmond Review

Building new class roots

By Martin van den Hemel, Staff Reporter

Eric Thorleifson insists that poking 95 holes that probe nearly 90 metres straight down into the ground won’t sink Lulu Island.

But what the manager of school facilities hopes it will do is help Richmond’s newest and biggest high school—Steveston-London Secondary’s $19-million, 5,700-square-metre addition—achieve a new benchmark in the area of environmental design when it opens in September.

During a tour last Thursday, project officials pointed to an array of features that have Mother Nature in mind when it comes to energy efficiency and recycled materials.

I think I have mentioned here more than once that we identified rules that stopped school boards spending more capital to save on operating costs as one of the things the province should stop regulating as part of its greenhouse gas action plan. I am pleased to report that it appears that someone was listening, as this story on the high school my kids attend shows. It also shows that I do not keep up enough with what is going on there.

Steveston-London High School under construction June 30 2007

Not only does it have geothermal heating and cooling, it is also built with 50% flyash concrete, which significantly reduces the ghg released in cement making. Energy efficient high intensity lighting and maximum natural light are also featured. The building should get LEED certification – probably silver but if it gets gold that will be a Canadian first for schools.

Written by Stephen Rees

June 30, 2007 at 3:39 pm

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