City of P.G. Picks Up Award
Councillors Murry Krause and Jillian Merrick on hand as Mayor Lyn Hall receives award from Minister of environment Mary Polak – image submitted
Prince George, B.C. -The City of Prince George has been given an award from the Minister of Environment.
Minister Mary Polak presented a “Corporate Operations” environment award to Mayor Lyn Hall at the Union of BC Municipalities convention, recognizing the construction of the new RCMP facility in the City which was built to Leadership in energy and Environmental Design ( LEEDS) standards.
The building has been designed to use 64% less energy than a similar building built to the Canadian Building Code and uses solar energy, biomass, and waste heat for heating as well as an aquifer for geo-exchange cooling. These enable the building to achieve greenhouse gas reductions of approximately 234 tonnes per year. Solar energy is used to pre-heat both the water and air used in the building.
The RCMP building was the first major civic building constructed since the City adopted its Energy efficiency and GHG policy. “In addition to helping the City meet our GHG reduction goals, this building supports downtown economic revitalization, conserves valuable resources, and the extension of our District Energy System” says Mayor Lyn Hall.
The City’s District Energy System uses sawmill residue from Lakeland Mills to heat nine buildings, including the RCMP building, in the downtown. This bioenergy system significantly reduces the consumption of natural gas for heating.