Public Works and Government Services Canada
Lower Fort Garry Energy Efficiency Initiative

Address (Map): 5925 Highway 9. St., St. Andrews, Manitoba R1A 4A8 Canada
Sector: Institutional
Delivery Type: Design-Bid-Build
MCW Office: Winnipeg
Status: Complete
Sub Categories: Government, Historical Buildings, Museums and Art Galleries

Project Description

This was a Parks Canada demonstration project funded by the Federal Government in order to showcase energy efficient and sustainable design technologies. The project consisted of a solar wall for passive pre-heating of outside air, photovoltaic panels interconnected to the Manitoba Hydro power grid, heat recovery ventilators, closed loop heat pumps, a controls upgrade, and solar light tubes.

The Visitor Reception Centre was funded to provide needed improvements to the Centre and to become a ‘demonstration project’ to highlight new and emerging energy efficiency technologies. On this project a patio was constructed to extend the function of the space and improve rental revenues to partially offset the capital investment. Translucent photovoltaic panels were installed in lieu of a roof. The P.V. panels generate 5% of the electrical needs of the building.

A new solar wall preheater was added to the existing building air handling units to provide free heat to the cold winter ventilation air. This system reduced the building greenhouse gas emissions by 10.2 tones per year.

MCW acted as prime consultant as well as providing full mechanical and electrical engineering services starting from schematic design right throughout to the completion of construction and commissioning.

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