New Ottawa Courthouse green roof to save $23,000 in energy costs
September 24, 2012 - The Ottawa Courthouse in our nation's capital says it has completed a new green roof–consisting of a living landscape that supports 60 varieties of plants–to help reduce energy costs and improve air quality.
By Alyssa Dalton
According to government officials, the new green roof will save $23,000 a year in energy costs by reducing summer cooling and winter heat loss by 26%.
“The Ottawa Courthouse green roof provides a unique environment that will reduce the building’s heating and cooling requirements, better control storm water run-off, while helping to clean the air we breathe,” said Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre.
There are 26 separate green roofs spanning multiple elevations, for a total of 70,000-sf. of green space.
“Our government is proud to support this innovative project, which will save energy costs and benefit our community’s environment,” added Bob Chiarelli, minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation.