Tour provides opportunity to view energy-efficient technologies at new municipal building

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Sackville treasurer Michael Beal, second from right, explains to participants in a tour of the community’s new town hall last week how the building’s ‘energy dashboard’ works. The device displays the amount of energy and water the building uses. TOWER PHOTO

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville has plenty to brag about when it comes to its new town hall and emergency services building.

Not only does the facility house three municipal services under one roof, it also boasts a number of energy-efficient features that helps the town save money and reduce its environmental footprint at the same time.

As part of Climate Change Week events last week, guests were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of town hall and the fire station, including a glimpse of the new green roof and the upper level that houses the heating/cooling system for the building.

The building, which is also home to rural and municipal RCMP, features a wide array of energy-efficient technologies, including a ground source heat exchange system, heat recovery on all exhaust air units, occupancy sensors to control HVAC and lighting, daylight sensing light fixtures, outside LED fixtures, in-floor heating distribution and high-efficiency motors and starters.

Town treasurer Michael Beal, who conducted the tour last Thursday afternoon, said the facility also has low-flush toilets throughout the building, two hydration stations (to save on bottled water), and the offices for town hall staff upstairs were designed in a u-shape on one side of the building with large windows to “maximize the exterior light.”

He said the low-energy efficient lighting is one of the key features of the building, easily meeting the standards of an energy-efficient building by using 60 per cent less energy than a regular office building.

Inside the lobby as visitors walk into the facility, they can check out the impacts of these environmentally-efficient technologies by glancing up at the ‘energy dashboard’ that displays the power and water consumption of the building. The dashboard updates on a regular basis, showing how much energy is being saved and how much greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced.


Organizations: RCMP

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