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Banff Elementary School: Now LEED Gold Certified!

The Banff Elementary School has just received its LEED Gold certification! Completed in 2019, this new building provides a sustainable K-8 school and a community facility for the residents of Banff. Designed to be Net-Zero Ready in addition to its LEED Gold certification, the Banff Elementary School contains one of the largest solar panel arrays in the Bow Valley.

This project involved extensive community input and review by the Town of Banff, Parks Canada, Alberta Infrastructure, and Alberta Learning. The second phase of the project involved the demolition of the old school in accordance with Parks Canada and LEED requirements for landfill, recycling, and segregation of building materials. Exterior finishes on the Banff Elementary School are largely wood including cedar battens and bevelled siding. While the materials are traditional, the construction assembly is a thoroughly modern PERSIST rain screen wall that meets all contemporary Alberta Infrastructure, LEED, and National Energy Code requirements.

Congratulations to Canadian Rockies Public Schools and the design, engineering and construction teams!