Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly, Premier Darrell Dexter and Defence Minister Peter MacKay unveiled the $45-million Canada Games Centre in Halifax this weekend. The venue will host the 2011 Canada Winter Games in less than a month.

Halifax’s regional government spent $21-million on the project, with the federal and provincial governments each contributing $12-million.

Designed by DSRA | Envision Architecture, the 176,000 square foot sports and recreation facility is the largest of its kind in the Atlantic region. It incorporates 200 solar thermal water panels on its roof and 36 SolarDuct modules preheating the ventilation air for the field house.

“The Halifax Regional Municipality is to be congratulated for having had the vision to commission such a forward thinking complex,” said Heather MacAulay, with the Canadian Solar Industries Association. “The entire facility is designed with an emphasis on energy efficiency and to promote a healthy indoor environment, the inclusion of solar energy to that end was key.”

A representative for the Halifax Regional Municipality said, “In this building – where the use of hot water is quite high – there was a large opportunity for savings by reducing the long-term operating costs on the facility. We’ll be continuing to explore the most innovative and promising renewable technologies on any of our projects going forward to continue to see what makes the best sense to adopt.”

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