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Vancouver opens first zero-carbon firehall in Canada

DCN-JOC News Services
Vancouver opens first zero-carbon firehall in Canada
CITY OF VANCOUVER — The City of Vancouver announced Sept. 6 that Firehall 17 is the first zero-carbon building of its kind in Canada.

VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver has announced that Firehall 17, located at 7070 Knight St., is the first zero-carbon firehall in Canada.

The $24.9 million project is an all-electric, zero-emissions building that reduced operational carbon emissions by 99.67 per cent from the previous building at that location, according to the City of Vancouver’s website.

The new firehall was constructed to a zero emissions standard and has achieved both LEED Gold certification and net-zero energy as defined by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. It is also pursuing Passive House certification.

Design features include an airtight envelope, efficient air, heat and water recovery systems, and electric heat pumps.

The City of Vancouver has 10 Passive House projects in development or recently completed, a release stated, including the 825 Pacific St. arts hub, Gastown’s Water View and Portside child care centres, the Marpole Community Centre and the firehall.

“The new Firehall 17 is a leading example of the City of Vancouver’s innovative approach to meeting climate commitments while investing in our city and providing the services Vancouverites depend on. It is a demonstration we can make near zero-emissions buildings the new normal, while also helping to reduce energy and water consumption costs. This state-of-the-art firehall will also help train the next generation of firefighters, helping to keep Vancouver safe,” Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim said in a statement.

The expanded building is also designed to function as a post-disaster communications hub fitted with equipment to keep the nearby community connected.

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