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Canadian public school to feature radiant heating system

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 09:46

After recently holding its grand opening, Walden Public School in Ontario, Canada, is reportedly being called one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the country, according to the Sudbury Star.

The news source reports that the facility, which houses 500 students and stretches more than 49,000 square feet, will be featured at a sustainable buildings conference in Helsinki, Finland, this October.

Tyler Campbell, chairman of the Rainbow District School Board, told the news source that the overarching goal of the facility is to only consume the energy it produces itself.

"We're envisioning a carbon neutral facility, which basically means all the energy we use, we want to produce on site," explained Campbell, who added that the school was approximately 85 percent of the way there.

According to the news source, the school features solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal heating and cooling and a radiant heating system.

Radiant heating systems are perfect for schools, particularly in colder climates such as Ontario, as the heat is distributed evenly throughout the building with only a two-to-three degree temperature difference between the floor and ceiling.