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Two RCMP detachments to get net-zero facilities


December 15, 2020
By Mario Cywinski

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Garth Frizzell, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, announced over $11.5 million for two net-zero municipal building projects through the Green Municipal Fund.

In Fort St. John, a new net-zero-energy building will be constructed and leased to the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment, replacing the 35-year-old building they currently use. The new four-story building will control heat loss and gain, minimize electricity consumption, and use energy-efficient mechanical HVAC systems.

“As the Energetic City, we know energy, and the most valuable form of energy is what you conserve,” said Lori Ackerman, Mayor of Fort St. John. “With the Green Municipal Fund’s support, this building will significantly reduce the energy required to operate, reducing the annual operating costs and lowering our emissions. The replacement RCMP Detachment has been an identified need in Council’s Strategic Plan for several years, and we are excited to see construction ongoing.”

While, the District Municipality of North Cowichan will conduct a feasibility study to determine specifications required to make the local RCMP detachment building a net-zero facility. The study will explore a range of measures, including optimizing the building’s envelope, lighting and HVAC systems, and adding an on-site solar photovoltaic system to generate energy.

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“By investing in buildings today that generate as much energy as they use, we’re saving money while putting a down payment on cleaner air and water for generations to come in Canada. The new local Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Fort St. John will be four stories of maximum energy efficiency, heat loss control and minimal electricity consumption. And in North Cowichan, we’re funding a feasibility study to see how the local RCMP detachment in that community can meet the same high standard,” said McKenna.


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