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Saint John’s Carnegie Building upgrading its HVAC and lighting

December 6, 2023  By  Anthony Capkun

December 6, 2023 – A joint spend of over $384,000 will support retrofits to the Carnegie Building in Saint John, N.B., that aim to reduce the facility’s carbon footprint.

The Government of Canada is spending more than $278,000 in this project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (GICB), and the City of Saint John is contributing more than $105,000.

Work will involve improving the HVAC system and new LED lighting. The improvements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 56.9% and GHG emissions by 43.8 tonnes annually.

Constructed in 1904, the historic building is home to the Saint John Arts Centre.

The new building is in the classic style and in appearance it has met with general approval. G. Ernest Fairweather was the architect. James Myles was the contractor, Ald. Robt. Maxwell having the sub-contract for the mason work, which was the principal part. G.&E. Blake put in the heating apparatus, and James Hunter did the greater part of the electric lighting work.

(“New Carnegie Library To Be Opened This Morning”, Saint John Daily Telegraph, November 16, 1904.)

“This project will transform the Carnegie Building into an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly space […]” said Donna Reardon, Mayor of the City of Saint John. “With these HVAC and lighting upgrades, we are not only preserving a historic cultural landmark but also taking proactive measures to reduce our carbon footprint.”

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