Archives for: December 2015


Permalink 07:08:13 am, by mleslie Email , 81 words, 132 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

The Height of Efficiency, Cornell University is building one of the greenest high-rises in the world

by Amanda Kolson Hurley - Atlantic Magazine, Jan/Feb 2016 - In the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge, on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, three buildings now under construction will together form the core of a new technology campus for Cornell University. The tallest of them, a student and faculty residence, will look much like any number of apartment towers going up around the city. In fact, it was designed to be one of the most energy-efficient high-rises on the planet.


Permalink 07:25:09 am, by mleslie Email , 102 words, 124 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

New school in Ranchlands (Alberta) will have solar panelling

Medicine Hat, AB - by Peggy Revell - Solar panels will be a part of the new school set to be built in the Ranchlands neighbourhood.

“If you do this when planning the building it’s not a lot of extra money,” said SD 76 board chair Terry Riley on how the board has had architects integrate a strong enough roof to support solar panels into the design.

The board will use reserve funds to purchase the solar panels, with the estimated cost being $220,000 to $250,000. With annual savings and electricity cost estimates, the board figures to recoup the capital costs in 17-20 years.

Permalink 07:23:02 am, by mleslie Email , 121 words, 137 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Québec obtient la note de passage - Il faut mieux gérer l’élaboration des programmes de construction des bâtiments scolaires

22 décembre 2015 - par Nathalie Dion, Présidente de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec - « Élève en progrès, mais pourrait faire mieux » : voilà l’appréciation qu’on pourrait attribuer au Québec dans la gestion immobilière de ses écoles. Bien sûr, depuis que le gouvernement évalue mieux l’état de ses infrastructures et qu’il planifie ses investissements sur dix ans, nous avons, en tant que société, une meilleure vision des besoins à moyen terme, et les budgets prévus augmentent en conséquence. Il a été décidé notamment — devant de graves problèmes comme les moisissures dans les écoles montréalaises — de mieux entretenir les actifs et de rattraper progressivement le retard.


Permalink 07:36:37 am, by mleslie Email , 50 words, 118 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Saskatchewan Joint-Use Schools Project - $100 Million in Savings for New Schools According to KPMG Report

The Saskatchewan Government released the value for money report for the publicly-owned Joint-Use Schools Project, which was prepared by KPMG. The independent financial experts confirm the P3 model will save taxpayers $100 million, or 13 per cent, compared to a traditional model. These savings include P3-related costs, such as private financing.

Permalink 07:34:36, par mleslie Email , 93 mots, 124 vues   French (FR)
Catégories: Individual school case studies

Zigzag Architecture project profile: Groupe Scolaire Paulette Deblock elementary school

Located on the south side of Sin le Noble in France, Zigzag Architecture has finished the construction of ‘Groupe scolaire Paulette Deblock’ elementary school. the project was the first step of the implementation of an urban planning strategy that aims to include ‘le raquet’ and ‘les epis’ into the city, increase their quality of life, and be environmentally friendly. the school links ‘les epis’ district to the newly created ‘le raquet’, sewing them to each other. the concept of the educational building follows the environmental and social principles developed in the urban project.


Permalink 07:24:08 am, by mleslie Email , 55 words, 125 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Protecting Schools is First Code Improvement Adopted Based on NIST Joplin Tornado Study

December 7, 2015 - NIST Press Release - Protecting schools and their associated high-occupancy buildings from the most violent tornadoes is the goal of the first approved building code changes based on recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) technical investigation into the impacts of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011.


Permalink 07:30:37 am, by mleslie Email , 287 words, 250 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Full text: Toronto District School Board (Barbara Hall) Governance Advisory Panel Report

Letter from Barbara Hall to Minister Sandals
Dear Minister Sandals:

The TDSB Governance Advisory Panel is pleased to present our report and recommendations to you.

Pursuant to our mandate, we have heard from and talked with more than five hundred people from across this city, and beyond, about ways to eliminate a culture of fear and governance dysfunction at the TDSB.

The panel has been impressed by the range and depth of the input we have received. We heard of many achievements of the board in the education of children. But we also heard serious concerns about the board's capacity to maintain these achievements and create real opportunities for all children unless significant changes in governance are made. We heard many ideas on what changes are needed and we got a very strong message that change is urgent: children and their communities are vulnerable. Public education itself, in our diverse city, feels vulnerable.

Strongly influenced by what we heard, the panel worked to make recommendations that create the conditions for success in bringing needed change. We believe that the trustees at the TDSB want to provide the best possible education for all children and restore public confidence in the system, and that our recommendations will provide them with the necessary support to do so.

The panel wishes to acknowledge the contribution of so many community members to our work. We also want to thank ministry staff for their hard work and strong support in helping us fulfil our mandate.

Finally, we wish to thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve on this panel and make a contribution to strong, healthy public education in Toronto, something for which we all share a passion.

Barbara Hall



Permalink 07:12:54 pm, by mleslie Email , 67 words, 129 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Rural Renovation Performance Contract to Fund Change

by Jeremy Kelly, High Performing Buildings, Fall 2015 - The decay of school facilities in underfunded areas usually runs unchecked if funds can’t be found to improve them. Henry County Public Schools in rural Kentucky sought to halt this downward slide by searching for an alternative funding method. This led to using a guaranteed energy savings contract (or performance contract) as a funding mechanism for school improvements.

Permalink 07:09:30 pm, by mleslie Email , 124 words, 133 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

New York City's First Net Zero Energy School - the Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability

Staten Island, NY - Last month, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) dedicated the city’s first net zero energy school to the late Kathleen Grimm, former DOE Deputy Chancellor. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña joined students, families, staff, local officials, and design team members in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 22 to mark the occasion. The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and built by the Leon D. DeMatteis Construction Corporation for the SCA, achieves its net zero energy target by harvesting as much energy from renewable on-site resources as it uses on an annual basis. The school opened for classes this September.

Permalink 09:33:27, by mleslie Email , 88 words, 117 views   English (EU)
Categories: Individual school case studies

School of the Future: Towards Zero Emission with High Performance Indoor Environment

Fraunhofer-IBP, Germany - The aim of the “School of the Future” project is to design, demonstrate, evaluate and communicate shining examples of how to reach the future high performance building level. School buildings and their primary users pupils - the next generations - are in the focus of the project. Both, the energy and indoor environment performance of 4 demo buildings in 4 European countries and climates will be greatly improved due to holistic retrofit of the building envelope, the service systems, the integration of renewables and building management systems.

Build Green

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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