Ameresco launches energy efficiency project for Canadian research org

Energy efficiency and renewable energy company Ameresco began a new energy efficiency project with the National Research Council of Canada.

The $4.3 million energy efficiency and facility renewal project at three buildings on the council’s Montreal Road Campus in Ottawa is expected to save about $400,000 annually in utility costs.

Ameresco is on-track to improve the comfort and safety of council staff with energy infrastructure retrofits and enhancements that promise greater efficiency, cost savings, and environmental compliance. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.

The program involves three buildings for the National Research Council in Ottawa including, a laboratory, a library, and an administration building. Under the energy savings agreement, there are a variety of planned measures to optimize efficiency, including: building automation system enhancements; heating, ventilation, and cooling upgrades; chiller plant optimization; lighting retrofits and installation of energy-efficient lighting; fume hood system renewal and fume hood exhaust heat recovery; building envelope improvements; and reduction of water consumption levels.

The environmental benefits from this project include the reduction of more than 829 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents, which is equivalent to eliminating 160 passenger vehicles from the road annually.

In addition, the project supports other savings benefits including 3,100,000 kWh and 366 kW of electricity, 21,600 gigajoules of steam, and 5,100 cubic meters of city water each year.

This is Ameresco’s third project with the National Research Council and when completed, will bring the total utility savings achieved to about $2 million annually. In September 2008, Ameresco completed work on its first NRC project, a $3.7 million initiative resulting in annual utility savings of $483,000.

The second was a $9.3 million project, which is on-track for annual utility savings of more than $887,000, at 100 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. NRC and Ameresco were the recipients of the 2014 Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) Energy Award for Energy Efficiency of Federal Buildings for the project.

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