Dr. David Suzuki Public School: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Usually school district budgets limit the extent of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies that can be included in high performing schools. The owner's goal for this school was not to create an inexpensive design, but to showcase what can be achieved with today's technologies and incorporate the building's sustainable strategies into curriculums. The school is one of the most energy efficient in Ontario with an annual EUI of 25 kBtu/ft2. Students can study plant biology in the outdoor vegetated roof classroom, view the radiant floor components through a transparent floor panel and watch rainwater trickle down through a clear pipe to a cistern where it is stored as a source for toilet flushing.