Oak Bay High School has been recognized for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Canada Green Building Council has given the school a mark of excellence for sustainable construction. (Keri Coles)

Oak Bay High School achieves LEED Gold Certification

School design and construction lowered energy consumption by half

Greater Victoria School District’s first official LEED gold certified building was recognized Tuesday (Jan. 30) in a plaque unveiling ceremony. Oak Bay High School is being recognized for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The Canada Green Building Council has given the school a mark of excellence for sustainable construction.

The $50 million school project broke ground in 2013 and was completed in 2015.

“We have put forth a great effort to receive these LEED credits and are very proud of this achievement,” said Edith Loring-Kuhanga, school board chair. “We considered all measures to reduce our environmental footprint and chose best practices that would align with our environmental policy.”

Oak Bay High received the LEED gold certification on May 1. Many things contributed to the certification including: recycling and diverting construction and demolition waste from landfill; installing parking spots with electric chargers; using low emitting paint and flooring; installing lighting control systems, maximizing natural lighting, using high performance windows, and using LED lighting fixtures.

“We are proud to share that Oak Bay High School has reduced its energy consumption by more than half in comparison to other schools its size and that approximately 92 per cent of construction and demolition waste was diverted from the landfill,” said trustee Deborah Norr.

Dave Thompson, the former principal of Oak Bay High who was there at the beginning of the design process, shared a lengthy list of acknowledgements at the plaque unveiling.

“Like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a whole bunch of people and communities to make sure one of these places happens,” said Thompson.


 

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

 

Oak Bay High School has been recognized for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Canada Green Building Council has given the school a mark of excellence for sustainable construction. (Keri Coles)

Left to right: Rod Windjack, Architect (HDR); Mark Walsh, Secretary-Treasurer SD61; Carl-Jan Rupp, Architect (HCMA); Mayor Nils Jensen; Greg Kitchen, Associate Superintendent SD61; Randi Falls, Principal of Oak Bay High; Deborah Nohr, SD61 Trustee; Tom Ferris, Vice-Chair of Victoria School Board; Dave Thompson, retired principal of Oak Bay High; Jim Soles, Manager of Major Capital Projects. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Just Posted

The seventh annual Goddess Run is almost here

The race has a new route and will start and finish at Belmont

West Shore sends top track and field athletes go to Islands

Royal Bay and Belmont send more students in field events

VIDEO: 75th Swiftsure International Yacht Race

‘A happy boat is a fast boat’

Greater Victoria youth earn Scouts’ highest honour

21 youth receive Chief Scout’s Award from lieutenant governor

Visiting Vimy Ridge: Saanich teen set for historic summer tour

Mount Douglas student John Evans will tour historic war sites

VIDEO: 75th Swiftsure International Yacht Race

‘A happy boat is a fast boat’

Federal leaders trade barbs about India trip at press gallery dinner

Justin Trudeau’s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs

B.C. VIEWS: Our poverty reduction plan is already in place

NDP has another promise it needs to appear to keep

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Out of control wildfire prompts restriction around Allie Lake

One of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control

Performing Arts Provincial Festival comes to UVic

More than 600 performers will take part in festival running May 29 to June 2

Passersby help rescue occupants of home as fire breaks out in Courtenay

Coffee run turns into fire rescue for pair of men

Most Read