FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 16, 2018
K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) – The Ecology Action Centre’s (EAC) building renovation has been recognized with a 2018 Bright Business Innovation Award. EAC is one of five award recipients recognized at a ceremony this morning.
The Bright Business Awards are hosted by Efficiency Nova Scotia. They recognize Nova Scotia’s best-in-class energy efficient organizations, individuals and communities.
The EAC renovated their office, a century-old saltbox style home, in 2016. The renovation increased office space by 50 per cent while reducing energy consumption by 65 per cent. As of 2017, it is considered to be the most energy-efficient commercial office retrofit in Canada.
The renovation was completed in collaboration with architecture firm Solterre Design and the construction team from Tekton Design + Build. Jordan Willett of Solterre Design says the renovation readied the 100-year-old building for the next 100.
“Much of the building’s success stems from the incredible commitment of the organization to practice what they preach. The environmental and community values of the EAC are evident throughout this building,” Willett says.
Marla MacLeod, Managing Director at the EAC, says creating a showcase of what is possible in an ecological renovation was at the heart of the renovation.
“By the time our solar panels are up, we will have reduced our energy consumption by 89 per cent and will be using just 3 per cent of what the average office building uses. Those numbers seem impossible until you see it done,” MacLeod says.
The EAC is planning to install photovoltaic solar panels on their roof later this year, as part of a pilot program for generating solar electricity on community buildings.
This is the third award the Halifax renovation has received this year. The renovation also received a national Canada Green Building Award from Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine, and was named one of Canada’s Clean50 Top Projects for 2019.
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For further information or additional images, please contact:
Managing Director, EAC
Solterre Design Halifax
Former Managing Director, EAC (oversaw the project)
Image taken by Acorn Art Photography