Energy Efficiency & Green Power

Commercial and institutional buildings use 37% of Canada's energy, yet energy use can be greatly reduced through building design and occupant behaviours.

At Local Government House

Local Government House is designed to use about 40% less energy than a conventional building of the same size - plus we have roughed in a conduit to allow Local Government House to add a wind turbine or other renewable energy source in the future.

EcoLogo Certified “green power,” in an amount equivalent to 100% of the building's power needs, has been purchased for the first two years. The power is from methane gas captured from the Capital Regional District's Hartland landfill – a process that provides energy without generating new emissions. The annual energy production from the landfill is sufficient to provide power to 1,600 homes and the greenhouse gas reduction is comparable to the emissions of 18,000 mid-sized cars.

The lighting in Local Government House is energy efficient. All offices have sensor lighting, ensuring that lights are only on when the space is occupied, and the building is designed to capitalize on natural lighting opportunities.

All of the new appliances are Energy Star certified and options for power-saving modes, as well as signage reminding staff to turn equipment off, have been identified for all existing office equipment.

In Your Community

  • There is embodied energy in existing structures. If you can, re-use and/or re-purpose existing buildings.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents and save ¾ of a tonne of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the lamp.
  • Retrofit civic facilities to be energy efficient. The District of Saanich has estimated $83,000 in annual savings from retrofits they have undertaken
  • Consider options for solar, wind, geothermal, low-impact hydro, biomass, bio-gas and solar thermal energy generation.

To Learn More

  • Explore the resources and rebates available through SolarBC.
  • In the City of Vancouver, visit the National Works Yard – BC's first LEED Gold building – where the mechanical and lighting systems use 60% less energy than required under the Model National Energy Code for Buildings.
  • Visit the City of Dawson Creek's City Hall, Fire Hall, and RCMP buildings to view their solar hot water instillations.
  • Visit the Life Sciences Centre at the University of BC (LEED Gold) to see how their monitoring system, which adjusts interior lighting and ventilation according to the external environment, contributes to an annual saving of 6.4 million kWh of electricity and nearly $200,000 in energy costs.
  • Visit the Operations Centre for the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve – the first LEED Platinum building in Canada - to see how renewable photovoltaic electricity generation has been used.

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