OTTAWA — The federal government will provide over $625,000 in funding for green infrastructure improvements to the Hintonburg Community Centre in Ottawa.
Funding will support deep retrofits to the facility to help make it more energy efficient including upgrades to the building; installing high performance windows; upgrading heating, cooling and ventilation equipment; and switching from gas heating to heat pumps.
Once complete the retrofits will serve to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 30.8 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 28.9 tonnes annually, states a release, adding the renewed community centre will be more environmentally friendly, with reduced fuel costs for heating and be more resilient.
This project is the first deep retrofit of a City of Ottawa building.
“Buildings are the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa and most of these emissions are from space heating,” said City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson in a statement. “That’s why the City of Ottawa has spearheaded a renovation and retrofit program to achieve higher building energy performance improvements in City-owned buildings, and programs such as Better Buildings Ottawa to encourage the private sector to do the same. Achieving targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Ottawa-wide by 2050 will require concerted efforts and collaboration among residents, businesses and across all levels of government.”