Feb. 15, 2010
RICHIBUCTO (CNB) - The new $2.5-million district office for the Department of Natural Resources was officially opened in Richibucto today. The building incorporates several environmentally friendly features and is the third green office of its kind constructed for the department.
"This project is another example of the provincial government's commitment to build green infrastructure for a cleaner and more self-sufficient province," said Premier Shawn Graham. "This district office provides a central location and improved work space for staff, while also producing energy savings as a modern, efficient and environmentally friendly facility."
Constructed as part of government's Green Buildings Program, the office has been designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a rating system used to measure the performance of green buildings in Canada. Compared to traditional structures, green buildings use less energy and water, generate fewer greenhouse gases, use materials more wisely and produce less waste. Occupants of these buildings are more comfortable with better ventilation, thermal comfort and abundant natural light.
"This state-of-the-art building is a clear sign of the provincial government's commitment to protect and manage our natural resources, to invest in this community, and to make New Brunswick a better place to be,'" said Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles. "It stands out as an example of how we can reduce energy costs, generate less greenhouses gases, and protect the environment in the building projects we undertake."
About 20 people work at the new office which includes a one-storey, 691sq. m (7,808 sq. ft) office building, two four-bay garages, and a fenced-in compound for vehicles and equipment. It encompasses 1.2 hectares (three acres) and is located at 22 Commerciale St. in Richibucto.
The new district office replaced old offices in Bouctouche, Rogersville and Saint-Louis-de-Kent that are now closed. There were no job losses, with all of the employees from those offices now working out of Richibucto.
The Green Buildings Program is managed by the Department of Supply and Services and includes hundreds of construction projects each year.
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