LEED® Gold for new EPC

Aspen View Public Schools is pleased to announce that the Edwin Parr Composite (EPC) School replacement project in Athabasca has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

LEED® is an internationally recognized green building rating system, incorporating factors such as energy efficiency, material recycling, waste reduction, air quality, innovative design and efficient water use.

“Creating the new EPC as a green building, as recognized through LEED® certification, was identified by the project team as a key goal from the beginning of the project,” Aspen View Public Schools secretary-treasurer Amber Oko commented. “Working with our bridging architects, Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd., Colliers Project Leaders, and our project contractor, Clark Builders, Aspen View initially targeted LEED® Silver certification for the new EPC. However, through the subsequent support of the Government of Alberta to add a rooftop solar power array to the project, we surpassed our original projection and successfully applied for LEED® Gold certification.”

Other green aspects of the EPC replacement project that contributed to its LEED® Gold certification include:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Water-efficient landscaping
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Incentives for staff carpooling
  • Innovative design, including maximizing use of open space
  • Inclusion of controlled lights and thermostats
  • Use of environmentally responsible construction materials
  • Use of recycled materials in construction
  • Efficient management of construction waste

“Aspen View Public Schools is very proud that the new EPC is not only a model for education, but also for environmental sustainability,” Oko commented.

Edwin Parr Composite School’s LEED® Gold certification will be recognized by a plaque, presented by the Canada Green Building Council, that will be displayed permanently within the school.