School District No. 79, Lake Cowichan


Duncan, BC

With the help of Prism Engineering, Cowichan Valley School District took a big step towards greening education on Vancouver Island with the installation of a biomass boiler at Lake Cowichan Secondary.


Prism assessed the school heating plant and performed a feasibility study for two clean technology options: biomass boiler and air- to-water heat pump system. Either system would replace the school’s existing oil-fired boilers with a low carbon solution.  


The School District opted to install a new wood waste fueled boiler.  This new technology was estimated to provide over $54,000 in savings for the District each year, cut oil use by 64,060 liters annually, and avoid 167 tonnes of annual greenhouse gases emissions.


Working with the School District to deliver this economical and environmentally beneficial renewal energy project, Prism provided project management and complete design documents, including fuel storage design and integration of the biomass boiler with the existing district heating system.