Ameresco launches energy efficiency project with Canadian research labs

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Energy efficiency firm Ameresco partnered with the National Research Council of Canada on a new energy savings project. The $3.9 million (CAD) comprehensive energy efficiency and facility renewal project at council's research facilities in Halifax, Nova Scotia and in St. John’s, Newfoundland are expected to save over $330,000 annually in utility costs.

The project, expected to be completed in 2017, is proceeding with energy infrastructure retrofits and enhancements that promise greater energy efficiency, cost savings, and lowering of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Ameresco is honoured to continue our work with the National Research Council of Canada on this third project as it celebrates its 100-year anniversary,” said Bob McCullough, President, Ameresco Canada. “This project supports building improvements that are expected to deliver energy cost-savings allowing NRC to continue their R&D initiatives which are of strategic importance and economic value to Canada.”

Under the energy savings agreement, planned measures to optimize efficiency include: lighting retrofits and installation of energy-efficient lighting; building automation system enhancements; ventilation improvements; laboratory refrigeration, freezer and environmental chamber consolidation and upgrades; fume hood system optimization, and water consumption reductions.

The environmental benefits from this project include the reduction of up to 590 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents, which is equal to removing 114 passenger vehicles from the road annually. In addition, the project can support other unique savings benefits including 1.024 MWh and 164 kW of electricity, 10,223 gigajoules of steam, and 14,154 cubic meters of city water each year.

Work at the council's Atlantic Canada research facilities is part of a larger project with Ameresco, which also includes work at three buildings in Ottawa valued at $5.4 million that are nearing completion. The project will bring the total utility savings achieved to about $2.3 million annually once completed.

This is the third project on which the council has worked with Ameresco. In 2008, Ameresco completed work on its first project for the council, a $3.7 million initiative resulting in annual utility savings of $483,000. The second was a $9.3 million project, with annual utility savings of more than $993,000, at 100 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, for which NRC and Ameresco received the 2014 Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) Energy Award for Energy Efficiency of Federal Buildings.

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