Started last spring, the energy efficiency project continues in 17 schools of the English-Montreal School Board. After the modernization of more than 20 boiler rooms, the schools will have a better lighting with the 25,300 new LED lighting. The works started in late August 2015 and will continue until April 2016, they represent an investment of 9 M$ on a 24 M$ project.
The modernization of the lighting will benefit not only the employees of the 17 concerned buildings, but also to its students, at several levels. 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 much 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, which high doses 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).
Once completed, this energy efficiency project carried out in partnership with Énergère will allow a reduction of the electricity consumption by 53% in the concerned buildings, for a total of more than $1 million in energy savings every year.