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north saanich middle school
The new 2-storey, 55,000 sq.ft. North Saanich Middle School is a significantly upgraded replacement facility of the existing middle school located next door. Certified LEED Gold, this school incorporates numerous sustainable features, such as abundant natural light, high thermal mass tilt-up walls, radiant floor, natural ventilation through classroom operable windows and thermal chimneys, rainwater harvesting and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
The mechanical heating/cooling plant incorporates heat pumps connected to a ground exchange loop beneath the playing field with high efficiency condensing boiler back-up. Solar collectors are employed for additional building heating, domestic hot water pre-heat, and field heat re-charge during the unoccupied summer months. Ventilation air heat recovery, demand control ventilation and displacement ventilation are other strategies used to reduce energy consumption.
Thermal modeling and energy modeling was conducted by AME Group to analyze the design of the thermal chimneys and determine annual energy use. Energy and water meters are installed to support energy management and continuous optimization.
Architect: Chang Holovsky Architects Inc.