September 4, 2019
schools first in Atlantic Canada to earn energy star certification
FREDERICTON – Two schools in
Anglophone West School District have earned Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
ENERGY STAR certification for 2019 for superior energy performance.
This is the second year NRCan
has officially certified buildings in Canada, and Bliss Carman Middle School and
Royal Road Elementary School are the first schools in Atlantic Canada to
receive ENERGY STAR certification.
“It is great to be recognized
by this organization for accomplishments that often fly under the radar,” said
Superintendent David McTimoney. “While safety and creating a positive,
comfortable learning and work environment are most important in terms of our
buildings, finding energy efficiencies is also a responsibility that we take
ENERGY STAR certified buildings
are verified to perform in the top 25 per cent of buildings nationwide, based
on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy,
hours of operation and other key metrics.
To qualify, only buildings
that earn a score of 75 or higher on NRCan’s 1 to 100 energy performance scale
are verified by a licensed professional engineer or registered architect in
order to receive the certification mark.
Bliss Carman Middle School and
Royal Road Elementary School earned scores of 93 and 86 respectively by
embracing energy efficiency in the following ways:
- Optimizing operations and energy efficient technology
in the school buildings;
- Energy conservation during off school hours
using electrical and mechanical systems;
- Analyzing data and benchmarking energy
consumption in the schools;
- Reducing energy costs by industry best
practices and by monthly monitoring of energy performance.
McTimoney said credit for the
certification goes to the facilities, maintenance operations and maintenance
staff with the district for their work in operating, scheduling and maintaining
schools. Improving energy performance will also be a priority for other schools
as the effort in energy efficiency continues in the district.
Shown in the photos below with the certifications are (1) Angus Smith, facilities manager for ASD-W, Bliss Carman Middle School Principal Chantale Cloutier, Vice-Principal Jamie Chiasson, Nadine Peters, assistant facilities manager for ASD-W, Tim Cross, energy manager at Service New Brunswick's Energy Management Group; (2) Jeff Durepos, electrician and maintenance/repair staff at Royal Road Elementary School, Nadine Peters, assistant facilities manager for ASD-W, Royal Road Elementary School Principal Sheila Legere, Angus Smith, facilities manager for ASD-W, and Tim Cross, energy manager at Service New Brunswick's Energy Management Group.