Welland's new Civic Square receives government of Canada incentive

06/28/05

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WELLAND -- John Maloney, Member of Parliament for Welland, congratulated the City of Welland, Ontario, today for strides it has taken to make its new Civic Square more energy-efficient. The City of Welland has received a financial incentive under Natural Resources Canada's Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP).

The new building, which houses the city hall and library, is expected to save more than $25,000 in energy costs annually and produce 120 tonnes less carbon dioxide each year than standard practice. Through measures such as energy-efficient heating, lighting and windows, it is expected to achieve energy savings of 27.3 percent over the standard in the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB).

"The Government of Canada and the City of Welland are pooling efforts to make a difference in addressing climate change," explained Mr. Maloney. "Organizations that increase energy efficiency in their buildings help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money at the same time."

The CBIP funding amount totals more than $50,000. CBIP offers financial incentives for incorporating energy-efficiency features into new commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential building designs that are at least 25 percent more efficient than a reference building that complies with the MNECB.

Since 1998, CBIP has contributed to more than 560 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 a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. For more details on CBIP, a program within Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency, visit the Web site at http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/newbuildings.

The Government of Canada's approach to climate change is focused on making the right choices for Canada. This will ensure that the actions taken contribute to the long-term goals of building a sustainable economy for the 21st century, a healthier environment and strong communities, while affirming Canada's place in the world.

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