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Edmonton opens its first net-zero energy building

DCN-JOC News Services
Edmonton opens its first net-zero energy building
CITY OF EDMONTON YOUTUBE - Edmonton’s first net-zero city facility, Windemere Edmonton Fire Station 31, is now up and running.

EDMONTON, ALTA. – Edmonton’s 31st fire station is the city’s first net-zero energy building.

The total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis will be equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.

“The new Windermere Station is a great example of how we are getting greener as we grow. This needed infrastructure will serve a local community, but also all of Edmonton as we strive to reach our goal of becoming a net-zero corporation by 2040,” Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said.

The Windemere Fire Station features a solar array with 382 modules at 375W each, a geothermal field of 35 boreholes at 70m in depth, exterior wall insulation at R-35, roof insulation of R-50, and underslab insulation of R-50.

It also uses double-glazed Low-E windows, LED lighting with occupancy sensors and six side-folding bay doors.

“The Windermere Fire Station exemplifies how the city is improving energy efficiency while constructing a vital facility that will showcase our commitment to environmental sustainability. The award-winning and thoughtful design enhances the community, both visually and through the building’s positive environmental footprint,” City of Edmonton deputy city manager of integrated infrastructure services Adam Laughlin said.

The building design previously received the Canadian Architect 2018 Award of Excellence. The lead design architect was gh3, the prime architecture consultant was S2 Architecture and the construction partner was PCL Construction.

The budget for planning, design, and construction of the project was $21.5 million and the fire station has been operational since July 7.


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