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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.


September 24, 2012
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.

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