Already the recipient of a People’s Choice award from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Pacific Region, and currently nominated for an international award at this weekend’s CEFPI Exposition of School Planning and Architecture in San Diego, CA, Regina’s Seven Stones Community School can now add LEED ® Gold to its growing list of accomplishments.
On Wednesday, October 21, the Canada Green Building Council officially recognized LEED Gold status for the innovative K-8 school, designed by Number TEN in partnership with Fielding Nair International for Regina Public Schools.
“We are so happy for the way this project came together. This achievement is the result of a vision set out by an entire community, and through Regina Public Schools’ willingness to explore new ways of teaching and learning as a means to more effectively engage today’s youth,” says Number TEN practice leader Greg Hasiuk.
“The LEED Gold credential reminds students that their school is much more than just a cool new building; it is a facility that clearly demonstrates that protecting our environment is important. That’s something I think the kids, teachers and the entire community are very proud of.”
The LEED Gold Status surpassed the project’s initial target of LEED Silver, thanks to an impressive list of green design features such as in-slab radiant floor heating and cooling, a displacement HVAC system, high-efficiency boilers, extensive use of recycled materials, daylighting strategies, a high-performance building envelope, and distinctive south facing exterior sunshade panels.
But the story of environmental preservation extends far beyond the typical energy performance and cost-saving design strategies. Seven Stones takes the concept of sustainable design an important step further by highlighting its green features to educate the next generation about environmental stewardship.
Much like a ‘3-D textbook’, the school’s green features, such as its tubular skylights, in-floor heating and ventilation systems are intentionally exposed to educate students about the importance of environmental preservation. At the main entry, an educational green kiosk displays real-time energy savings to encourage green thinking while inspiring and reminding students and other building users of the value of environmental sustainability.
What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an independent third-party verification system that recognizes buildings designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. To learn more about LEED and the Canada Green Building Council, click here.