Ottawa cites Delhi county building for efficiency
Norfolk employee Michael Simoes has undertaken energy-efficiency initiatives that are producing significant savings for county taxpayers. The Trudeau government recently recognized modifications to Norfolk’s main administration building in Delhi by awarding it Energy Star certification. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER
Thinking green and using energy efficiently are considered an odd obsession in some quarters.
However, in large organizations with many buildings and facilities, conserving energy adds up to real money.
Norfolk County has made great strides in this area in recent years. Recently, the county received federal recognition for its efforts.
To that end, the county’s administration building in downtown Delhi is one of the first in Canada to receive Energy Star certification from Natural Resources Canada.
“Congratulations to Norfolk County,” Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources in the Trudeau government, said last week in a statement.
“Energy-efficient buildings play a key role in helping Canada achieve its greenhouse gas reduction commitments. We are proud to recognize organizations that are leading the way.”
Energy Star certification is awarded to buildings that have achieved the highest level of efficiency. Certification means a building is a model for individuals, organizations and agencies striving for savings of their own.
To achieve this rating, a building has to be identified within the top 25 per cent when compared with similar buildings elsewhere in Canada.
“We’re honoured to earn the Energy Star certification for superior energy performance,” says Michael Simoes, Norfolk’s co-ordinator of contracts for energy and facilities.
“It’s a strong testament to Norfolk’s commitment to energy efficiency throughout municipal operations. This certification further validates Norfolk’s reputation as being an environmentally responsible municipality.”
Norfolk’s emphasis on energy efficiency is saving the county significant dollars.
Friday, Simoes said electricity consumption at the Delhi administrative office has been reduced 26.6 per cent annually since 2007. The total drop in consumption per year amounts to 33,246 kilowatt hours.
“This is the average annual consumption of three average Canadian houses,” Simoes said.
Meanwhile, natural gas consumption has been reduced by 14.4 per cent a year since 2007.
Since 2013, energy conservation efforts at the Delhi office have saved the county treasury $35,000.
Tactics deployed include replacing all lighting with LED and T5 fixtures; installing occupancy sensors that turn lights on and off as rooms are occupied or vacated; replacing old thermostats with smart thermostats that have occupancy sensor technology; programming smart thermostats with maximum-minimum temperature parameters; replacement of all windows with Energy Star certified windows; installing roller shades on all windows; and the replacement of the main entrance door vestibule with an energy-efficient variant.
The administration building in Delhi was the main administration building for the former Township of Delhi before the new Norfolk County took over in 2001.