The City of Edmonton welcomed residents from the Windermere community into the city’s 31st fire station and its first net-zero energy building.

“The new Windermere Station is a great example of how we are getting greener as we grow,” said Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “This needed infrastructure will serve a local community, but also all of Edmonton as we strive to reach our goal of becoming a net-zero corporation by 2040.”

“This Station has been a significant project for Edmonton Fire as we continue to meet the service needs of Edmontonians and our growing city,” said Edmonton Fire Chief Joe Zatylny. “In the coming years, Edmonton will be home to two million people, and this station will play an important role in ensuring the safety of both our growing city and our firefighters.”

As the City of Edmonton’s first net-zero energy building, the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis will be equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. The Windermere Fire Station features a rooftop solar installation, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and other climate-resilient design features. Energy generation and reduction features of the building include:

  • Solar array with 382 modules at 375W each
  • Total rated solar capacity of 143 kW
  • Geothermal field of 35 boreholes at 70m in depth
  • Exterior wall insulation of R-35
  • Roof insulation of R-50
  • Underslab insulation of R-20
  • Double-glazed Low-E windows
  • LED lighting with occupancy sensors
  • 6 side-folding bay doors

The station has already received a 2018 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence and is seeking LEED Gold certification.

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“We are proud to partner with the City of Edmonton to deliver its first net-zero building,” said PCL Edmonton’s district manager, Jason Portas. “Our project team was exceptional in bringing this environmentally friendly design to fruition. It also was another fantastic opportunity to showcase our company’s expertise in sustainable construction.”

Windermere Fire Station 31 was delivered by PCL’s Special Projects division.

Featured image: (City of Edmonton)


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