Supply and Services/Education/Energy

Francophone school project awarded federal energy efficiency funding (05/07/15)

NB 891

July 15, 2005

MONCTON (CNB) - Supply and Services Minister Dale Graham announced today that the new Complexe Scolaire de Moncton has qualified for up to $60,000 in federal funding under the Commercial Building Incentive Program, which Natural Resources Canada administers.

"This support from the federal government recognizes our ongoing efforts as a province to invest in green infrastructure, one of the goals of our Prosperity Plan," Graham said. "The federal funding for this important project will be used to offset incremental costs associated with designing the new school complex for energy-efficiency. I want to thank Prodel Design Inc., John M. MacLean Management Ltd., M.A. LeBlanc and Associates Ltd. and the Maricor Group, all of Moncton, for the excellent design and engineering work they have put into this project."

Construction projects such as the Complexe Scolaire de Moncton are proof that energy-efficient technologies are a good investment, said Claudette Bradshaw, MP for Moncton-Riverview Dieppe.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support this project, which will not only reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, but also reduce energy costs in the long run," Bradshaw said.

To qualify for funding under the Commercial Building Incentive Program, a project must have a minimum 25 per cent reduction in annual energy costs, as compared with the Model National Energy Code for Buildings.

The new Complexe Scolaire de Moncton is expected to achieve a reduction in annual energy use of 39 per cent, as compared with the national energy code threshold. As a result, the complex is expected to save the province $115,193 per year ($2 million over 20 years) in energy costs due to building design, the installation of energy-recovery ventilation systems, energy-efficient windows, boilers and hot water heater, and an efficient lighting system equipped with occupancy sensors.

The $19-million Complexe Scolaire de Moncton will open in September 2005 in School District 1. It will consist of two schools: Le Mascaret for grades 6 to 8 with the capacity to accommodate 575 students; and L'Odyssée for grades 9 to 12 with a capacity of 850 students. The complex is being built near the Université de Moncton.

"One of the objectives of the Quality Learning Agenda is to guarantee our students and teachers safe, healthy places to learn and work," said Education Minister Madeleine Dubé. "It is good to know that our schools can also contribute to protecting our environment."

Natural Resources Canada and the Province of New Brunswick signed a contribution agreement under the Commercial Building Incentive Program. The federal program, designed in part to respond to the Koyoto Protocol, encourages investments in energy-efficient building design and construction and offers financial assistance toward eligible costs of a project.

The Government of New Brunswick has been making its own investments in green infrastructure for the past several years and continually works on energy efficiency programs for the province.

Prodel Design Inc. of Moncton was awarded the architectural contract for the Complexe Scolaire de Moncton. The consultants, hired by the design team, were John M. MacLean Management Ltd. for mechanical, M.A. LeBlanc and Associates Ltd. and the Maricor Group for electrical. The Maricor Group also performed the energy simulations for the project.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications officer, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Hugues Beaulieu, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4867; Tom Ormsby, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, 613-996-2007; Ghyslain Charron, media relations, Natural Resources Canada, 613-992-4447.