City Hall gets award for reducing energy consumption

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Barrie has been recognized for its efforts in achieving “exceptional energy performance in municipal facilities,” Adam McMullin, manager of energy management, told council in a recent memorandum.
The award came from the Mayor’s Megawatt Challenge (MMC), for energy savings achieved at City Hall. Barrie is an active participant in the program – administered by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, states the memo. The aim of the program is to bring “together leading municipalities to achieve exceptional energy performance in municipal facilities. The award is granted to facilities that reduce energy consumption by 10 per  cent compared to the previous year. City Hall exceed this threshold by achieving an energy reduction of 16 per cent in 2017, compared to 2016.”
The results, the memo continues, were “largely driven by the efficiencies realized from the recently replaced heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The Facility Planning and Development Branch led the capital renewal project and chose to implement an innovative technical solution – a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system. This HVAC system allows for the simultaneous transfer of heating and cooling energy within a floor to serve the dynamic comfort needs of a larger tower building office environment, while minimizing energy usage.”
Read the memo here.