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Nova Scotia Health receives investment for energy efficiency project

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Today, Canada’s Minister of Parliament for Central Nova Sean Fraser announced a $25,000 investment in Nova Scotia Health. Therefore, this funding will help a pilot project at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital to improve its energy efficiency.

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New energy efficiency investment for Nova Scotia Health

Today, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, Canada’s Minister of Parliament for Central Nova Sean Fraser announced a $25,000 investment in Nova Scotia Health. Accordingly, this investment will support a pilot project at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital to improve the health center’s energy efficiency.

Therefore, the Government of Canada aims to demonstrate through the pilot program the potential of using existing building commissioning (EBCx).

So, “investing in energy efficiency is essential to reaching our net-zero targets. In fact, by reducing emissions in existing buildings, we are targeting one of the most effective ways to put us on the right path toward a clean energy future,” said Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova.

To exemplify, EBCx is a process for optimizing performance and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings. In fact, the Government of Canada will consider and include lessons learned from this and other EBCx projects in a comprehensive case study. Besides, such a report will demonstrate the financial and operational benefits of commissioning practices; for instance, low-cost ways to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings.

Benefits of the investment

“Nova Scotia Health is pleased to be collaborating with Natural Resources Canada to develop intelligent energy solutions. Indeed, this ECBx pilot project will deliver reductions in energy consumption, carbon footprint, and operational costs, while increasing the sustainability of our hospital,” said John Hann, Director of Maintenance and Operations with Nova Scotia Health Facilities Management Services

Particularly, this could help reduce the consumption of electricity, diesel fuel, mechanical systems operations, and maintenance costs. Besides, this process can ultimately improve comfort for both staff and patients. Indeed, similar facilities in the health care sector can gain valuable insight into optimizing their performance.

Finally, federal funding in this regard is possible through the Energy Efficiency for Buildings Program. Accordingly, this benchmark can help improve buildings’ energy performance while cutting energy costs, creating jobs, and contributing to a clean energy future.  

Considering that energy efficiency is essential to reaching net-zero emissions and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, building a clean energy future to strengthen the economy, create good, middle-class jobs and support the natural resource sectors is crucial, the Government of Canada stated in a press release.

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