Municipalities and local authorities

Bruce County

  • Asset renewal
  • Energy cost savings
  • Reduced GHG emissions
  • Uninterrupted operations
  • Improved comfort

Resident-centered construction prioritizing continuous operations and comfort

Located 185km from Toronto, Bruce County comprises eight municipalities and 66,000 people. The County partnered with Ecosystem to design and construct a deep energy retrofit for two long-term care homes (175,000 ft2), an administrative building (44,000 ft2), and a cultural center (55,000 ft2). It focused on renewing assets, reducing GHG emissions and energy costs, and providing a healthy financial payback.

The implementation approach saw extensive coordination among utility companies, the County and project contractors. It prioritized occupant comfort, continuous operations and was designed around seasonal variables. For instance, it minimized disruption to long-term care home residents by scheduling the installation of new energy-efficient chillers during winter months with reduced cooling needs. An education program for municipal staff also raised awareness about the project, set expectations and promoted cooperation during construction.

The retrofit’s $270,000 in annual savings are guaranteed by Ecosystem for three years. It also received $136,500 in guaranteed incentives, from Union Gas and Save On Energy’s program targeting lighting, motor and HVAC measures. Overall, Bruce County benefits from increased operational savings, reduced deferred maintenance and an improved carbon footprint.

Customized Performance Measures

Interior and exterior lighting upgrades

Building automation system replacement

Heat pump replacement

Condensing boiler replacements

Control systems recommissioning

Chiller replacement

Project Period
Energy Bill Reduction
Annual Savings
GHG Emissions Reduction
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