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Township office targets net-zero-energy consumption

Federation of Canadian Municipalities / 17 June 2019

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development; and Joanne Vanderheyden, Second Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), today announced over $2.7 million in grants and loans through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to support green initiatives in McNab/Braeside towards the construction of the new township office.

The new township office will optimize energy performance through improved building construction, and design considerations such as water usage, natural light and passive solar heating. The new building could generate annual energy savings of up to 127,208 kilowatt hours, a 67% reduction in energy consumption. This reduction in energy use combined with the renewable energy produced by the ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system would make this a net-zero building. The new building, expected to be completed during the summer of 2019, will also improve the overall quality and efficiency of municipal services by creating a more accessible and functional space and improving air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Little environmental diligence from builders and homeowners

Globe and Mail / John Lorinc / 16 March 2016

building-coldeWhile estimates vary, climate experts say that buildings account for about 20 to 30 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions (the figure varies depending on the source of the electricity used to heat, cool and light buildings). Residential homes account for about half that amount, according to federal government estimates dating back to 2005.

There are opportunities to make huge strides by using a range of technologies and design approaches – everything from increasingly inexpensive solar panels to passive cooling techniques, such as the use of awnings or wider overhangs. But in most of North America, and even provinces such as Ontario, which has adopted comparatively ambitious carbon reduction strategies, decision-makers have neglected to take full advantage of a policy lever that has driven dramatic changes in the carbon footprint of Northern European nations: the building code.


SunSmart Solar building wins award

SunSmart Solar / 29 April 2015

Solar AwningA North Grenville 9000 sq. ft. straw-bale office and warehouse building, located at 825 Van Buren Street in Kemptville, has been presented with a 2014 Butler Commercial Building Award. Butler Manufacturing annually awards buildings that use their components in unique ways, recognizing architectural appeal, great design, and complexity.

The SunSmart Solar building focuses on ‘better’ industrial building practices without breaking the bank. The building was carefully engineered to eliminate the need for fossil fuels; it is all-electrical, and once 100 kW of solar Photo Voltaic panels has been installed under the Ontario FIT program, it will be net-positive, meaning it will produce twice as much energy as it uses. It combines straw-bale walls, passive solar heat for the office in winter, day-lighting (natural light) through light-shelves that cut down on electrical light use, geothermal and hydronic heating, highly efficient LED and T5 light fixtures, and high insulation values with triple-pane windows. It is designed to work without the need for air-conditioning in summer.

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