|DURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY WEEK EMSB HIGHLIGHTS MODERNIZATION OF LIGHTING IN 17 SCHOOL BUILDINGS|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 24, 2015- On the occasion of Energy Efficiency Week, November 22 to 28, the English Montreal School Board wishes to once again bring attention to second major initiative aimed at bolstering energy efficiency in school buildings continues to move along nicely. This $24.6 million project with energy efficiency experts Énergère is focusing on 17 specific schools and centers.
With work complete on the modernization of more than 20 boiler rooms, work is now proceeding on replacing 25,300 lights All lighting fixtures will be converted from fluorescent to the latest in LED technology, which will save energy, last longer, and simplify maintenance while maintaining or enhancing lighting levels. This measure alone will account for $9 million of the budget.
Besides projected savings of 40 to 60 percent in energy efficiency, the LED technology offers a better atmosphere. Because of their directional source, these lights produce an instant and maximum light, with grading options. In addition they are completely silent, which reduces noise disturbance caused by certain types of lighting. These advantages will allow students a better concentration, thus creating an environment conductive to learning. With its unrivalled life expectancy up until now, LED technology can function for up to 30 years in a school environment. This requires fat less maintenance than any other technology. It is also important to note that this type of lighting doesn’t contain mercury, unlike fluorescent tubes nor does it produces any ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In high doses, the latter can be very harmful on human health.
The replacement of the lighting involves the following schools, with the number of lights in bracklets: Rosemount High School (4,104) Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemount (596); Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North (988 ); Dante Elementary School (591), John Paul I Junior High School (1,032) and Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard (2,093); Royal West Academy in Montreal West (1,321); Leonardo Da Vinci Academy (788 ), Michelangelo International (810) and East Hill Elementary School (896) in RDP; St Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles (770); High School of Montreal Adult Education Centre in the Plateau (907); John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel (3,632); Marymount Academy International (1,795) and Shadd Health and Business Centre in NDG (725); St Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic (725); and Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount (963). Work on the lighting began in August and will continue until next April.
Énergère’s project follows up the first phase which occurred in 2009 when another company outfitted six schools with technology that cut their energy bills by 47 percent. This amounted to an annual reduction of 2,480 tons of greenhouse gases and greatly reduced the EMSB’s carbon footprint, equivalent to removing 765 cars from the road. The company optimized the heating network and ventilation, installed more efficient hot water boilers, efficient lighting and heat recovery equipment which included geothermal heating and heat pump systems. This investment of $8.4 million had an 11 year payback plan.
Michael J. Cohen