Revelstoke School District announced today that an agreement has been reached with Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation to provide its renewable energy for both new schools for the next 20 years.
“These new schools will be exemplars in sustainable design,” Superintendent Anne Cooper said in a statement released Wednesday morning. “Graham Design-Builders will design and construct the schools to achieve Canadian Green Buildings Council LEED© Gold Certification, and Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects and Cohos Evamy Integrated Design will design the buildings to be at least 42% more efficient than prototypical new schools.”
During a brief telephone interview Cooper declined to say how much the hook-up and subsequent energy would cost but stated firmly that “we are very comfortable with it.”
The statement said the school district and RCEC both recognized “the need to obtain the most efficient energy systems so that future operating costs for these publicly funded buildings are minimized, thereby maximizing resources available for student achievement.”
“The pricing agreement reached today achieves that objective,” Cooper said.
School Board Chairman Alan Chell thanked RCEC officials, School District staff, and Cohos Evamy representatives for their efforts.
“These new facilities will serve the needs of the people of Revelstoke for most of the 21st century,” he said in the statementl. “Together we have achieved an integrated solution that will not only benefit students, but will benefit all members of our community”.