December 2, 2011
VIDEO: Perkins + Will's Robert Drew on the Brighouse school in Richmond, British Columbia
Robert Drew was on hand at the Sustainabuild conference, held on November 23rd at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Drew’s session, "Excellence in Sustainability, Communication, Consultation and Building at Brighouse Elementary," delved into how Perkins + Will took a typical 1960s school and changed it into a LEED GOLD structure built primarily with wood products.
Drew said an emphasis on daylighting instead of traditional lighting resulted in cost savings as well as creating a more student-friendly environment. In fact, part of the design process was to consult extensively with the school’s students to see what they wanted out of a new facility. Daylighting was one of the top priorities raised by the student body.
Other environmental features of the school included natural ventilation, a green roof, and integration of a community garden into the school grounds.
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