Archives for: October 2015


Permalink 07:43:12 am, by mleslie Email , 61 words, 143 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Building code changes eclipse Hamilton schools' solar panels

by Richard Leitner - Changes to Ontario’s building code have eclipsed the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s plan to install solar panels on the roofs of 13 elementary schools.

Board chair Todd White said new load-bearing standards no longer make the schools eligible for the panels, which were expected to generate 1,825 kilowatts – enough to power about 275 homes – and $120,000 in annual revenue


Permalink 07:21:57 am, by mleslie Email , 92 words, 149 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

York Region and DIALOG unveil Ontario’s first Living Building Challenge facility

by Elsa Lam, Canadian Architect - The Regional Municipality of York has officially unveiled its new Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre, a building designed by DIALOG that is an integral part of one of the most successful forest generation projects in the world and helps the community learn about the importance of this natural resource.

The forestry centre took on rigorous sustainability certifications by targeting both LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification. The result is expected to be the first Full Petal Living Building Challenge facility in Eastern Canada.


Permalink 07:08:42, by mleslie Email , 134 words, 128 views   Chinese(S) gb2312 (CN)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Delta Sunshine Junior High School of Longmen: A Successful Replication of Green Architecture in Quake-Hit Xichuan

Shanghai - October 16, 2015 - Delta Sunshine Junior High School of Longmen, built under an RMB10 million donation by Delta Group after the 2013 Yaan earthquake in Xichuan Province, was inaugurated on Oct. 13 in Longmen Village in the province's Lushan County. This is the second green campus that Delta has built in Xichuan following Delta Sunshine Elementary School in Yangjia Town in the aftermath of the Wenchuan quake. The school, currently housing nearly 280 students and staff, is constructed under the reinforced protection requirement for a strong earthquake of 7.5 on scale. In addition, the campus design takes local environment into account, providing good ventilation, heat insulation, sunshade, and humidity buffering for the summer, and heat preservation and wind shelter for the winter. The passive design effectively reduces energy use and improves the comfort in the school space.


Permalink 07:38:50 am, by mleslie Email , 85 words, 157 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Kingston's Molly Brant Elementary School hits energy efficiency benchmarks

by Patricia Williams - October 13, 2015 - The Limestone District School Board has broken ground on a new $10.4 million elementary school in Kingston that incorporates a mix of modern classrooms and specialized spaces.

Designed by Colbourne & Kembel, Architects (CKA) Inc., and being built by Tambro Construction Ltd., the 48,000-square-foot Molly Brant Elementary School will also be highly energy-efficient.

"The energy modelling completed during the design of the building indicates a savings of 63 per cent over the (benchmark) ASHRAE 90.1 -2010 (standard)," says project architect Rhonda Horne-McQuay.


Permalink 01:36:42 pm, by mleslie Email , 110 words, 191 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Artscape Youngplace: Creative spirit haunts the halls of Shaw Street School

by Dave LeBlanc - A black hole sucks away everything – light, energy, warmth – until nothing remains.

In architecture, an abandoned building performs in much the same way. And, like the ripples from a stone tossed into a pond, repercussions can be large or small based on the size of the black hole building: an empty house, and perhaps a half-block feels it; a 75,000-square-foot school, and a whole community hurts.

Such was the case in 2000, when the Toronto District School Board declared the former Shaw Street School – a handsome, three-storey, cruciform-shaped structure built in 1914 – as “surplus.” Residents on Argyle, Givins, Rebecca, Bruce and Halton streets felt the thrumming void daily.

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These pages are a resource for students, parents, staff and neighbours who wish to make the buildings and yards in their school community sustainable, high-performance and "green". The site was originally created for members of the Runnymede Public School community in the west-end of Toronto, but has expanded. This blog is owned and maintained by Marshall Leslie (see You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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