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Curé-Paquin elementary school

The innovative design of the Curé-Paquin elementary school at the Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles Educational Services Centre (CSSSMI) in Saint-Eustache fosters academic success by implementing systems that prioritize quality of life, comfort, increased ventilation and local temperature and humidity control, allowing it to achieve zero net energy.

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Building, Sustainable development
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Education, Governmental projects, Smart Building, Sustainable development  
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Engineering, Project design and supervision, Sustainable development
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Automation and control, Electricity, Energetic efficiency, LEED certification and others, Mechanic
Year
2020

Studying with a clear conscience 

The first Zero Carbon-certified building in Quebec 

This certification confirms that the school is a responsible project, designed with the future in mind so that it achieves zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to its operation. The Curé-Paquin elementary school is one of 16 projects across Canada that are participating in a two-year CaGBCs Zero Carbon Building Standard pilot program. 

Engineering for the environment 

Several features led to improving the school’s energy efficiency and reducing its environmental impact.  

Heating and cooling are provided entirely by a geothermal system with partly hydronic radiant floors and heat recovery. The building featurean enhanced building envelope with reduced thermal bridging. To limit electrical lighting, we optimized natural light and chose LED lighting controlled by presence detectors. Furthermore, the gym’s 27-kilowatt rooftop solar PV panels help reduce total energy consumption and daytime energy demand.  

First school in Canada to receive Zero Carbon Building certification 

This project was carried out by focusing on efficiency (heat recovery with cassettes, thermal accumulator, displacement ventilation, intensity reduction, load shedding, LED lighting) and on renewable energy (geothermal energy, photovoltaic solar panels and optimization of windows to maximize natural light). 

Thanks to gbi’s skills and expertise, this school is the only project participating in the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Buildings pilot program with a value of 0.097GJ/m2, all with the purpose of creating a better future. 

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We believe in our employee’s ability to help us create a world rooted in our values of continuous innovation, responsible management and sustainable development.

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