Charles Dickens - LEED school
Dickens Elementary School and LEED®
Dickens Elementary School is the first accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED® school in the Vancouver school district. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance sustainable buildings.
The new Dickens Elementary School minimises its ecological footprint, and provides a healthy teaching environment designed for 80 Kindergarten and 450 Grade 1-7 students and school staff.
The total building area of 3700 square meters has 22 day-lit and geothermal heated classrooms, a library, special education rooms, post-disaster level gymnasium, a commons/lunch room (also used for a childcare program), kitchen, rooftop teaching garden, rainwater collection (for 100% of the toilet flushing needs), and an underground parkade.
Read a powerpoint presentation with more details on Charles Dickens Elementary school.
See the LEED Silver accreditation certificate.
Dickens Elementary School – “Green” Initiatives
Site and Water
Materials and Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
- Educational opportunities for students include a butterfly garden, rooftop garden, a weather station, a swale, and a building viewing station
- Community benefits- after hour rental of full size gym, commons room, entry court and shared space for childcare program