Bruce County

Resident-centered construction prioritizing continuous operations and comfort

  • Asset renewal
  • Energy cost savings
  • Reduced GHG emissions
  • Uninterrupted operations
  • Improved 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
  • Condensing boiler replacements
  • Building automation system replacement
  • Control systems recommissioning
  • Heat pump replacement
  • Chiller replacement

“Our Evaluation Committee decided on Ecosystem because their proposal delivered the highest overall value… We want a team that is willing and able to commit to on-site presence and has experience with rural projects. Ecosystem meets both criteria, in additional to having a very strong track record in delivering its energy savings guarantees.”

Gary Gray, Former Purchasing Manager