Qualicum Beach Fire Hall Replacement Project
Following through on commitments made in the OCP to support building more energy efficient municipal infrastructure, the Town of Qualicum Beach replaced the old Fire hall moving them closer towards meeting the Town’s energy goals.
Success Story Snapshot
|Energy Savings / GHG Reductions: ~ 72% average annual energy saving compared to a building constructed to standard requirements under BC’s Building Code.|
|Business Case: Energy savings represent approximately $20,000-30,000 in annual electricity and natural gas costs.|
|Co-benefits: Through fire hall retrofits, the city will reduce operating, maintenance and personnel costs. The new building supports BC’s Wood First Policy by using wood in over 80% of the structure, while the new location helps to reduce congestion.|
|Total project cost: The total cost for the project was $6.5 million, largely funded through a $464,467 grant and a $4,644,672 low-interest loan through the Green Municipal Fund.|
- A highly innovative heat-exchange system that heats the building by drawing on heat from a nearby municipal well
- A “solarwall” to pre-heat air coming into the building’s ventilation system
- A “bioswale” to collect and filter runoff from non-porous surfaces
- Solar photovoltaic panels to provide about 27 kw of power for LED lighting, and
- Locally sourced building materials.
With these [energy efficiency] features incorporated into the design, project proponents anticipated dramatically reduced energy bills and maintenance costs, and the business case for the project became clear.
Energy Savings/GHG reductions
The total cost for the project was $6.5 million, with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) contributing a $464,467 grant and a $4,644,672 low-interest loan through the Green Municipal Fund. The financial benefits of the new building’s energy savings represent energy savings of about 72% compared to a fire hall built to BC’s standard Building Code. It is estimated that the energy efficiency measures will amount to as much as $30,000 in savings annually. These outlays also contrast with the estimated costs required to bring the old fire hall -which was half the size of the new one - up to modern building code and seismic standards. Those expenses were estimated to be $40,000 for asbestos abatement and $800,000 for seismic upgrades.
Local Government Contact
Director of Planning at Town of Qualicum Beach