Superior Heights Collegiate & Vocational

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Paul Stevens / ZAS Architects

Superior Heights Collegiate & Vocational

“A sustainability plan was developed with the School Board where we established energy and water conservation targets that were realistic and affordable.”

Paul Stevens, Senior Principal

Constructing a school in a northern climate with ever increasing energy costs was definitely a major consideration in the design development of this school.  To tackle this challenge a sustainability plan was developed with the School Board where we established energy and water conservation targets that were realistic and affordable.  Our mechanical and electrical engineers were actively engaged in this dialogue and worked closely with us to select building systems that were “state-of-the-shelf” and proven to optimize energy and demonstrate meaningful sustainability.

For instance, the school was designed to the Ministry of Education’s  “Green School” Design Guideline and therefore achieves a 30% reduction in energy & water use.   Energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems were used, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, and lighting controls and sensors.  Higher levels of insulation were used for walls/roofs, and local and recycled materials were specified wherever possible.  The sustainability objectives of the project extended outside of the walls of the school where a “Green the Site” program was observed to promote environmental stewardship.

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