Geothermal and Solar Powering New Net-Zero Fire Station
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On August 28, 2023, PCL Construction announced the completion and handover of the City of Edmonton’s first net-zero energy building. Windermere Fire Station 31 held its grand opening over the previous weekend, showcasing the thoughtful integration of both natural and built environments which will serve the needs of a growing Edmonton suburb.
Net-zero means the building produces as much energy as it consumes. A geothermal field featuring 35 75-meter boreholes provides energy for heating and cooling, while the striking, south-facing sloped roof is set at a perfect angle to capture the sun’s rays. It features a 382-panel solar array with a rated capacity of 143 kilowatts.
The station has already received a 2018 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence and is seeking LEED Gold certification.
“We are proud to partner with the City of Edmonton to deliver its first net-zero building,” said PCL Edmonton’s District Manager, Jason Portas. “Our project team was exceptional in bringing this environmentally friendly design to fruition. It also was another fantastic opportunity to showcase our company’s expertise in sustainable construction.”
Windermere Fire Station 31 was delivered by PCL’s Special Projects division. Special Projects delivers competitive, customized solutions on building projects typically under $15 million. Our specialized teams deliver projects across a wide range of markets including building revitalization, commercial, retail, education, government services, health care and hospitality, allowing us to build success from the inside out and from the ground up.
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