By Anthony Capkun
March 18, 2022 – The Municipality of the County of Kings in Nova Scotia is receiving $2,530,100 for the construction of a net zero Engineering and Public Works Operations Centre.
“Our new net zero Engineering and Public Works Operations Centre is a motivator toward leading-edge actions that will drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to municipal operations,” said Mayor Peter Muttart, Municipality of the County of Kings. “The new building is about far more than upgraded bricks and mortar: it is a real-world example of how re-imagining the built environment can benefit future generations for the challenging decades to come.”
The investment comes via the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, which is funded through a major endowment by the Government of Canada.
According to FCM, this will be the first net zero facility to incorporate two different operations and building system requirements. To meet the net zero energy goal, the building design incorporates energy efficiency measures such as passive design, alternate building envelope components, automated control systems, heat pumps, a heat recovery system and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on and next to the building.
Energy use will be monitored by two power meters: one to record power generated by the solar PV array, and one to record the amount of power used from the grid.
FCM says the GMF had previously funded the County of King’s feasibility study for this project.