LEED and Zero Carbon Building certified project
- Project Ecole Curé-Paquin
- Location Saint-Eustache , Quebec
- Type of Precast CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panels
- CarbonCast Surface Area 15,000 sf
- Architect Leclerc Associés Architectes Inc.
- Owner Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles
- Awards CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building-Design certification
- Precaster Saramac
Built according to the environmental requirements of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system, the building will meet strict environmental criteria, namely energy saving and respect for the environment. It is the first project in Quebec – and the first grade school in Canada – to receive CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building-Design certification
In the fight against climate change, this project was the only one selected in Quebec to participate in the pilot project of the new ZCB standard that requires reducing the building’s energy demand and calculating CO2 emissions mainly through materials used in construction.
The energy efficiency of buildings reduces the cost. Ever more innovative solutions, such as use of zero thermal bridging in the envelope system, insulation, windows, heating and ventilation systems are providing more and more advantages in terms of energy savings. CarbonCast panels on the building featured four inches of XPS insulation between a three-inch exterior wythe and a 5.5” interior wythe. The wythes are connected with C-GRID carbon fiber grid wythe connectors to virtually eliminate thermal bridging.
Energy use is further reduced through connected, automated equipment. For example, when students enter the classroom, a motion detector activates the lighting system and turns it off when people leave the room. Also, the geothermal system will allow significant savings and unparalleled comfort.
The Graphic Concrete technology was used on several panels are used to provide an eye-catching facade that will provide decades of good looks with minimal maintenance.