NEWS RELEASE · 6th April 2010
Ministry of Education
Students at Kildala Elementary will benefit from cleaner air and more efficient heating, thanks to a $990,000 investment from the Province and school district, announced Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Education.
“Replacing and upgrading mechanical systems in our schools delivers significant cost savings to districts through improved efficiency,” said MacDiarmid. “And new, greener mechanical systems support our goal of making reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”
Kildala Elementary students will have their existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning system improved through the installation of high-efficiency condensing boilers, upgrades to the domestic hot water system and improved digital controls, air volumes and quality. The estimated carbon footprint reduction is 45 per cent or 74 tonnes per year due to increased efficiency.
“The Province is working with communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping them move towards using cleaner, more efficient heating systems,” said John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action. “Making our schools models for progressive environmental practices not only helps save on energy costs, but will help us reach our goal of being carbon-neutral in 2010.”
The Province is funding up to $500,000 for specific projects. Qualifying Interior and northern school districts are making a minimum matching investment of 50 per cent of the total project budget. Boards may invest additional funds to support local upgrades.
“This is an important step towards improving air quality for our students, educators and the community,” said Coast Mountains board of education chair Barry Pankhurst. “As well, we should realize significant operating savings through the efficiency of this system.”
The project is part of an investment by the Province and school districts to improve energy efficiency and air quality in Interior and northern B.C. schools. This investment is part of an initiative that is expected to create up to 128 direct jobs as part of the Province’s $14-billion public infrastructure program. Through Budget 2010, the Province is also providing $110 million to school districts across B.C. for Annual Facilities Grants.
Since 2001, the Province has spent more than $1.7 billion to complete 80 new and replacement schools, 148 additions, 26 renovation projects and 22 site acquisitions across B.C. All new and replacement schools are constructed to meet the latest seismic and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold or equivalent standards. By the end of 2009-10, the Province committed more than $3.8 billion in school capital and maintenance projects across B.C.