We have made a successful application to the ERIP (Energy Retrofit Incentive Program) being promoted by Festival Hydro.
- We will replace many of the several hundred aging T12 fixtures with state of the art T5 fixtures.
- The replacement lighting request is based on an audit conducted with Philips Lighting software co-ordinated by our representative Jim Snyder at our lighting supplier Westburne Stratford.
- We will also replace our incandescent exit lights with LED based, highly energy efficient units with the help of the grant
As the basis for understanding our most effective strategies strategies for energy savings, and green house gas emission reduction, we undertook heat loss modeling of the building.
- It was clear that our current boiler is quite oversized
- Insulation in the roof would have by far the most impact on our energy use
- Heat loss from the historical windows would be now worse that heat loss through the brick walls, if the leaks were stopped
- Blocking heat loss through cracks and broken and loose windows is a high priority.
We have concluded that the best approach for maintaining the historical integrity of our building is to repair and rebuild the original windows.
- By re-glazing the windows, and repairing rotted windows and frames we can limit heat loss through air leaks
- We retain huge savings in embodied energy by not starting over with new windows
- Restoring the widows to proper operation will allow for natural ventilation and cooling
- No pesticide or herbicide use on the factory gardens
- Mostly native species which do not require watering now that they are established
- Safe bird and butterfly habitat
CURRENT RECYCLING AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
- Glass and plastic containers are recycled by the building for all tenants
- Building management collects and recycles all other materials accepted in Stratford
- Fluorescent bulbs are recycled to recapture Mercury at an approved facility
- HWIN registration maintained so that waste oil etc. can be properly disposed of to prevent environmental contamination
GREEN DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE
- Looking into the feasibility of using the “Romeo Arch” a buried stream on site for heat transfer for a heat pump system for heating and cooling the building
- Future plans to disconnect the roof drainage from the sewer system, and to handle the water on site, with an above-ground garden connection to the “Romeo Arch”.
- Looking for partners to add wind and solar energy capture potential to our site, possibly on the large, high roof of the historic building (15 000 sq. ft. of currently un-used space)
- Green roof garden at the north end of the building on the one storey historical section, that would be accessible to community members
- Solar addition to south end of building which would encompass stairs, pedestrian elevator, solar capture and tie into the new rain water diversion system