Energy efficiency pays off for Dugald Place


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The planned 54-unit Dugald Place was the only Manitoba project to receive Sustainable Affordable Housing Initiative funding from a recently announced $1.7 million investment in 16 plans, studies and pilot projects which will see construction or retrofitting of 16,753 units across Canada.

The funds, totaling $25,000, were announced Dec. 2 and will come from the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The funds are for energy efficiency planning for the RM of Springfield’s Dugald Place Assisted Living Residence and Aquatic & Wellness Centre.

The fund exists to help housing providers build new affordable housing to net-zero standards, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and supporting municipalities to achieve climate change objectives.

But that kind of action doesn’t come cheap.

To secure that grant, Springfield Heritage Housing spent $40,000 to engage consultants to conduct energy studies and analyze building systems.

Further savings will come once those plans are implemented.

The Dugald Place study found energy savings of about 50 percent with a reduction of greenhouse gases of nearly 80 percent. The plans call for geothermal heat and solar panels over the outdoor parking area, projects they hope will be helped by FCM’s Green Municipal Fund.

Springfield Mayor Tiffany Fell said municipalities are on the front lines of climate change and climate action.

“By working toward net-zero energy ready standards, Dugald Place will be environmentally sustainable and will benefit from lower utility and operating costs for years to come, resulting in affordable housing options for Springfield seniors,” she said in a press release.


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