Alberta building projects receive $127K in energy efficiency incentives
EDMONTON, ALTA-Three commercial building projects in Alberta are being rewarded for making their new buildings more energy-efficient. PCL Learning Centre in Edmonton, River Valley School in Sundre and the Spruce Grove City Hall in Spruce Grove have qualified to receive a total of $127,260 in financial incentives under Natural Resources Canada's Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP). The CBIP, a program within NRCan's Office of Energy Efficiency, offers financial incentives for incorporating energy efficiency features into the design of new commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential building designs to make them at least 25% more efficient than a reference building in compliance with the Model National Energy Code for Building (MNECB). The Alberta projects, on average, surpass MNECB criteria by about 42%. Together, the three buldings are expected to save $67,334 per year, an average $6.38 per square metre, in energy costs and collectively produce 801 tonnes fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Since 1998, the CBIP has contributed to more than 580 new building projects and has demonstrated that new buildings can be constructed to consume approximately half the energy of standard buildings at little or no extra cost, with the corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.