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Designed by Stafford Haensli Architects Inc.
Photo by Stafford Haensli Architects Inc.
Located in Barrie, Ontario, Hyde Park Public School is a new, sustainably designed school for Grades JK-Eight. The school features 16 classrooms, a learning centre, gymnasium, a community area, as well as a multi-use room. The school was designed with energy efficient mechanical systems and, with a third-party verified energy use intensity of 8.8 ekWh/ft2/year, is the most energy efficient educational building in North America.
The mechanical system provides heating and cooling by utilizing the thermal mass of the structural hollow-core concrete slabs. The slabs in the various building zones are charged in the off-hours and use the slab thermal mass in conjunction with an air system that distributes warm or cool air into the various zones. Heating coils were installed to provide thermal boost in critical spaces. The air systems are constant volume units serving specific exposure zones and are served with hot water heating coils connected to high efficiency boilers and DX cooling coils. Ventilation air is introduced to the building through a heat recovery ventilator.