FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 28, 2018
K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) – The Ecology Action Centre’s (EAC) renovation of its office building has been named one of Canada’s Clean50 (www.clean50.com) Top Projects for 2019. The Nova Scotia based environmental charity, in collaboration with architecture firm Solterre Design and the construction team from Tekton Design + Build, was chosen as one of the award recipients.
The Canada Clean50 awards recognize innovative projects across the country that have achieved exemplary results that will inform and inspire others.
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.
Emma Norton, Energy Conservation Coordinator at the EAC, says creating a showcase of what is possible in an ecological renovation was at the heart of the renovation. She is excited for the attention the award will bring to what is possible through deep energy retrofitting.
“There’s a lot that can be learned from what we did with this renovation,” Norton says, “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 percent of what the average office building uses. Those numbers seem impossible until you see it done.”
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.
Jordan Willett of Solterre Design, the architecture firm that designed the transformation of the EAC offices, 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, and I feel that is what is being recognized,” Willett says.
This is the second award the Halifax renovation has received this year. The renovation received a national Canada Green Building Award from Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine in June.
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For further information or additional images, please contact:
Former Managing Director, EAC (oversaw the project)
Energy Conservation Coordinator, EAC
Solterre Design Halifax
Image Credit: Acorn Art Photography