Efficiency NB

New guide for design, construction of energy-efficient buildings (10/03/29)

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March 29, 2010

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - A new guide has been released by Efficiency NB to make it easier to design and build energy-efficient commercial buildings.

Energy Minister Jack Keir, who is also the minister responsible for Efficiency NB, made the announcement in Saint John at a training session for engineers and architects.

"By making the Core Performance Guide, Efficiency NB edition available, Efficiency NB is helping New Brunswick small and medium commercial buildings reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while helping them improve their competitiveness," said Keir.

The guide, developed in co-operation with Natural Resources Canada and the New Buildings Institute, lays out a simplified prescriptive path approach to Efficiency NB's Start Smart New Commercial Buildings Program. It lists proven ways to make small and medium buildings energy efficiency without requiring undertaking energy modeling and simulation.

Efficiency NB is the first to customize the Core Performance Guide for a Canadian jurisdiction and also the first to make it available in both official languages.

"Sustainable buildings begin with design and construction that incorporate energy conservation and efficiency," said Elizabeth Weir, president and chief executive officer, Efficiency NB.

"This lessens a building's impact on the environment and contributes to its competitiveness and productivity. This guide that will help ease the design and construction of these sustainable high efficient buildings in New Brunswick."

Information about Efficiency NB's Start Smart program and the Core Performance Guide Efficiency NB Edition is online.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Somers, communications, Efficiency NB, 506-643-2860.

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