Grand Opening of Green Office: Bigger Space; Lower Energy Use

For Immediate Release: Earth Day

The EAC Building K'JIPUKTUK (Halifax) Earth Day, 2016 – Just in time for Earth Day, the EAC has received the results of the blower door test conducted to help measure the energy efficiency of its newly renovated office space in the North End of Halifax. The EAC building is 50% larger, yet it will use 22% less energy than prior to the expansion; not bad for a building built 120 years ago.

The EAC’s extensive renovation began in May 2015 and wrapped up in time for Earth Day on April 22, 2016. The EAC is conducting tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, followed by speeches and ribbon cutting at 5pm. All are welcome.

The Centre’s renovation of its North End office is a substantial transformation for the building and the organization, increasing space, energy efficiency and community accessibility. The project is an unusual blend of renovation and new construction. It adds a new third floor to the building - which was built in the late 1800s - while retaining and improving much of the existing structure. The project was designed and built by Tekton Design + Build and Solterre Design.

During the last renovation of its office in 2006, the EAC showcased a variety of green design features that went on to inspire home owners and builders. Almost ten years later the EAC has grown – tripling its membership and increasing its staff – as has the sophistication of the green building industry.

A FEW OF THE FEATURES:

Energy Efficiency is top priority for green renovations. Energy consumption from buildings is a big contributor to global warming. EAC’s renovation adds 50% more space but is projected to have a 22% reduction in energy use.

Natural Plasters – 100% of the walls feature natural wall finishes that are made with local materials including clay, sand and straw. These finishes are beautiful, functional, and free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Thanks to training from local experts much of this work was done by teams of volunteers.

Salvaged Materials – We have salvaged an interesting array of materials including 400 steel door cut outs for use as insulation, floorboards from the existing building which became a feature wall in the boardroom, beautiful old doors and light fixtures from former Dalhousie residential buildings that were being demolished.

Volunteer Engagement – Over 1,800 hours of volunteer time has been donated to this project thanks to an extraordinary community of supporters passionate about the environment. Volunteers have helped with everything from demolition to painting and clay plasters.

The Ecology Action Centre is located at 2705 Fern Lane. To see a schedule for the Grand Opening visit: https://www.ecologyaction.ca/event/fern-lane-grand-opening

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Maggy Burns, (902) 449-7733 (cell), 429-5287, centre@ecologyaction.ca

Emma Norton (902) 240-6696 (cell), 442-0199, efficiency@ecologyaction.ca

Mark Butler (902) 266-5401 (cell), 429-5287, action@ecologyaction.ca

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