New QB fire hall to focus on energy

The Qualicum Beach fire hall project will aim for 75 per cent reduction in energy use

The new Qualicum Beach fire hall will focus on achieving high energy efficiency rather than gaining LEED certification.

Director of planning with the town, Luke Sales, said a program like LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, looks at every aspect of environmental building, starting with location, materials and handling of waste.

“I hope this wouldn’t be taken as a criticism but in some ways it’s spread too far, and in discussion we realized it might be more beneficial to the community and be a greater opportunity to show leadership to focus on one aspect of green building and that is energy efficiency,” he said.

The project is looking to be approved for funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund, so staff reviewed all the projects that have been awarded money in the energy category.

The highest energy reduction that has been achieved in the same time period the Qualicum Beach fire hall project is looking at, has been 71.5 per cent, compared with a typical fire hall.

The Qualicum Beach fire hall project will aim for 75 per cent reduction.

“Seventy five per cent reduction is a target that we can hit and it’s a target that would put Qualicum Beach well out in the forefront,” said Sales. “And I think its something that we can be very proud of.”

Although many of the projects that have been awarded funding from the Green Municipal Fund have had LEED certification, Sales said town staff and the fire hall working group believe this will show leadership and make their project stand out.

 

A motion at town council Monday night passed to target the 75 per cent energy reduction, as well as 25 per cent water consumption reduction and maximum utilization of site milled timber, as well as exploring other green building opportunities.

 

 

Just Posted

Christmas program creating tradition for PQB single mother and daughter

‘It just makes all the difference for your child to smile and laugh on Christmas morning’

PQB crime report: Thieves pilfer cash, root beer and hand sanitizer

Oceanside RCMP receive 249 complaints in one-week period

Solutions in sight for Parksville Qualicum Beach doctor shortage

With feasibility study funded, group shares vision of ‘campus of healthcare’

A very cheesy Christmas at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

Annual family Christmas event, this year with raclette hot off the melting wheel

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Firefighters called to burning motorhome on Nanaimo’s waterfront

Nanaimo Fire Rescue extinguishes blaze Monday afternoon on Esplanade and Irwin Street

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Most Read