Passive School
Huxley Bragg
Sir William Osler Elementary
Floor Location : J 169 N

To sustain current electrical usage and reduce the ecological footprint of buildings, multiple alternative sources of energy and technologies are needed. One example of these technologies are called ‘passive’, originating from Darmstadt, Germany. Multiple passive houses have now been built around the world in various places, including Vancouver. However, even with the high amount of passive structures in Vancouver, none of the technologies have been applied to the needs of a school. This project designed a school that integrates passive technology geared towards conditions specific to Vancouver. Research was gathered from database articles, books, images, and an interview that was conducted with an expert in the field of renewable energy. Passive houses were also examined to find and implement technology within the school. The school was then designed, incorporating technologies like trombe walls (a multi-layered wall generating heat from the sun) to conserve heat and energy. Other electric generation and conservation methods were also designed to be specific to Vancouver and schools. The design was then translated into two diagrams, and then evaluated using outcomes from other passive schools. It was also evaluated to see if it would be an improvement on the first passive school that was built in Norway, focusing on improvements that could be made within both the first school and the designed school. This project shows how passive technology can help reduce electrical usage and could be applied within Vancouver and address concerns about ongoing environmental issues like climate change and energy consumption.