North Vancouver School District
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Ventilation

​​​​​​Updated: January 13, 2022

The North Vancouver School District (NVSD) actively and regularly invests in our school and site buildings to support safe and comfortable teaching and learning environments for students, staff and visitors.

All heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems throughout the NVSD are operated and maintained to meet Occupational Health and Safety and WorkSafeBC standards. HVAC systems are scheduled for reoccurring preventive maintenance following every 3 months of operation, which includes inspection of all service points including filter replacement.

In the 2020/21 school year alone, the North Vancouver School District undertook over $3.6M in ventilation upgrade projects across the school district. This work ensures the school district is providing mechanical ventilation to all classrooms, including portables and modular structures.

To support the North Vancouver School District's commitment to ensure schools are safe for our learning community, the following additional measures have been taken:

  • All air handling systems in each school, which have the potential to recirculate air from occupied spaces, have MERV 13 filters installed. The only exception to this is a few energy recovery ventilators, and/or make up air units in some schools,​ which directly introduce outdoor (fresh) air and are equipped with MERV 10 filters.
  • All ventilation systems have had their operations extended by 2 hours in advance of scheduled occupancy and 2 hours post-scheduled occupancy to pre and post ventilate spaces.
  • Ventilation systems have been programmed to maximize the introduction of outdoor air.
  • Dedicated exhaust ventilation has been added to all first aid rooms.

Furthermore, the NVSD has a robust building automation system that continuously monitors air distribution and energy use throughout the school district and verifies the operational integrity of all systems. An automated report is generated daily to identify any emergent system issues prior to occupancy, and if an issue is identified, work orders are generated and dispatched to our Facilities and Planning team to resolve.

At the beginning of the 2021 school year, the Ministry of Education required all school districts to complete a ventilation system overview for each of their schools and to make this information available to the respective school's Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee. The NVSD completed these overviews for all schools and they are available below. Please note that this information is current as of October 2021 and will not be updated. The school district continues to complete regularly scheduled preventive maintenance on all ventilation systems, which includes filter replacement, after every 3 months of operation.

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Questions?

Should you have any questions about HVAC systems at the North Vancouver School District, please contact Facilities and Planning at fpadmin@sd44.ca.