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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.
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 features an 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.
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 0.097 GJ/m2, all with the purpose of creating a better future.
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