TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–New Designs Save Money, PromoteEnergy Efficiency New design standards in provincial buildings are saving money fortaxpayers and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Nova Scotians can expect to save about $600,000 this year inenergy costs for 12 new buildings — 11 schools and a securetreatment facility. Over 25 years, the savings should be almost$15 million. Greenhouse gas emissions will also be cut by about 3,372 tonnesannually — the equivalent of exhaust from 1,000 cars. “This is exciting work, and it helps us build a healthier NovaScotia and a more sustainable future for our children,” said RonRussell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “We aremeeting the challenges of the 21st century.” Nova Scotia’s Energy Strategy commits the province to reducingenergy use in government facilities. The savings are beingrealized thanks to new energy efficient designs and materials forwalls, roofs and foundations, and energy-efficient systems forheating, lighting and ventilation. “Improving energy efficiency helps to improve our environment andsave money,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “By investing ininitiatives to reduce our consumption, we’re demonstrating toNova Scotians the many benefits of choosing energy efficientproducts for use in their homes and businesses.” Clean Nova Scotia applauded the province’s work. “Clean Nova Scotia commends the leadership that the provincialgovernment has taken in addressing energy efficiency and climatechange in new buildings,” said Angela Griffiths, executivedirector of Clean Nova Scotia. “We look forward to more energyefficiency initiatives in the future.” Mr. Russell said all new provincial buildings constructed byTransportation and Public Works will continue to be built tothese modern energy-efficient standards. Also, as part of this work, a design engineer with Nova Scotia’sDepartment of Transportation and Public Works received an EnergyEfficiency Recognition Award on Monday, Nov. 10, from the Officeof Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada. The awardrecognizes Phillip Cox’s work in exceeding the voluntary energy-efficient, new construction design standards as laid out by thefederal government in its Commercial Building Incentive Program. For more information on the federal government’s CommercialBuilding Incentive Program, visit the website athttp://oee.rncan.gc.ca/newbuildings/ .
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