Emerging ZNE K-12 School: Dr. David Suzuki Public School

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Getting to Zero

The Dr. David Suzuki Public School combines readily available and demonstration technologies to create a school building that serves as a living laboratory for 550 students in Windsor, Ontario. The two-story kindergarten through 8th grade school includes classrooms, a gymnasium, music, art, science, special education classrooms, library and office spaces for 32 staff. The school literally makes design strategies visible, by locating radiant panels, mechanical systems and rainwater catchment pipes behind transparent surfaces, easily observable by students and teachers. Despite the cold climate, the school uses a mere 25 kBtu/SF/year—more than 60% better than the Canadian Model National Energy Code for Buildings.