County of Bruce

County of Bruce

Located in Southwestern Ontario, Bruce County comprises eight municipalities with a combined population of 66,000. The County was looking for sustainable energy and cost saving solutions for their municipal buildings. The County’s main focus was two long-term care homes (Brucelea Haven and Gateway Haven), an administration building, and the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.

To address the County’s objectives of energy savings and asset renewal, Ecosystem recommended 14 resource conservation measures. Chillers with R-22 refrigerant, which causes ozone depletion, were replaced with more energy efficient chillers and new R-410A refrigerant, which does not have ozone depletion potential. The replacement took place in winter, when there was no cooling needed, to minimize disruption to the residents of the long-term care homes. Upcoming measures to be implemented are building automation system upgrades and installation of a micro combined heat and power plant, both requiring extensive multi-stakeholder coordination among the utilities, the County, contractors, and Ecosystem employees. The remaining 11 measures will be implemented on a tight construction schedule, which started in March and is expected to be completed by November 2017. Ecosystem is coordinating the project with the County’s maintenance staff and approved electrical and mechanical contractors to ensure seamless implementation of the measures. The project also includes a stakeholder education and awareness program.

The $3.4 million project is expected to generate more than $270,000/year in savings, guaranteed by Ecosystem for three years. The project will receive $251,800 in incentives, most of which will come from SaveonEnergy’s program for measures that target lighting, motors, HVAC equipment and more.

  • $3.4M


  • $273,288

    Guaranteed Annual Savings

  • $251,800


  • 37%

    Energy Bill Reduction

  • 13%

    GHG Reduction


Interior and Exterior Lighting Upgrades

Condensing Boiler Replacements

Building Automation System Replacement

Control Systems Recommissioning

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

Kitchen Hood Controls

Heat Pump Replacement

Combined Heat and Power (Micro Cogeneration)

Humidification System Replacement

Chiller Replacement

Low-Flow fixtures

Additional Air Conditioning

EV Charging Station

Installation of Thermostats