Montreal Garrison committed to energy efficiency

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The Montreal Garrison recently became a finalist in the 26th edition of the Association québécoise pour la maîtrise de l’énergie’s prestigious Énergia competition, which recognizes excellence in energy efficiency.

The efforts the Montreal Garrison invested in the energy efficiency program paid off, as they were one of the top 29 organizations (out of 40 entries),  and one of six finalists in the category of existing buildings (more than 10 000 m²).

In 2012, the Montreal base established an energy efficiency program in collaboration with Airtron Canada’s Direct Energy Business Services team. The aim of the project was to reduce electricity consumption by 22 percent and natural gas consumption by eight percent, completely modernizing and improving garrison buildings.

These projects were part of the organization’s overall vision to gradually increase the energy efficiency of all National Defence buildings. The Montréal Garrison had already modernized its thermal power plant in 2010, allowing them to optimize energy resources by reducing lighting-related energy consumption by more than 50 percent, and reducing steam consumption for heating and air treatment — particularly in the welding and painting hangars.

Valued at $4.5 million, the project allowed for savings of more than five million kWh of electricity and over 300 000 m3 of natural gas per year. This decrease of greenhouse gases by 816 tons is equivalent to 200 fewer cars on the road per year.

The garrison achieved annual savings of close to $500 000, and savings achieved represent 16 percent of Montreal Garrison’s annual energy costs of more than $3 million.

 

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