Cap-Pelé Public Library
The Cap-Pelé Public Library is a modern, spacious and light-filled building with offices, an activity room, meeting room, reading corner for children, outdoor patio and a space for teens. It operates 30 hours a week and has two full-time employees. The library, built in 2009, went through Efficiency NB’s Start Smart Performance Path (Energy Modelling) Incentive Program.
Stéphane Dallaire, General Director of the Village of Cap Pelé, says the motivation to construct an energy efficient library was the result of a visit by an Efficiency NB employee long before construction of the new library began. “We spoke about the different systems and possibilities for an energy efficient building, which resonated well with the municipality’s goals for sustainable construction, and it stuck with me.”
The modelling and construction of the Cap Pelé library was a smooth process - with no real challenges or difficulties, says Stéphane. When speaking about his experience to other municipalities he says his constant recommendation is to be as educated as possible and “to have as much information about all the different systems on the market.” With its efficient design and construction, the Cap Pelé library is striving for an annual estimated energy savings of 40% compared to a typical building design.
The 512 square metre library is heated through in-floor radiant heat serviced by four geothermal heat pumps, connected also to the air conditioning system. Domestic water is heated in a high efficiency electric tank by the heat pumps. The library is equipped with a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) to recover heat and condition fresh air in the winter months. The facility is lit with high efficiency T5 fluorescent lamps using electronic ballasts; making the most efficient lighting system available aside from LEDs. Finally, the building is outfitted with low-e coated, argon filled, double pane windows.
“We are really proud of our geothermal systems - because of them we aren’t subjected to the fluctuations in energy prices; which is great for our budget as well as the environment,” says Stéphane. In their first year of operation, the building’s energy costs totaled approximately $10,000, realizing an energy cost savings of $6,499.
“This year we anticipate will be even better than last,” says Stéphane about the power bills, “as last year was our first and there were some small adjustments made to improve operations.” On top of the energy savings, the library is heated and cooled comfortably. “It’s great, with geothermal, the heating
and air conditioning make the building very comfortable, and the staff really like that different spaces can be adjusted without affecting the rest of the building.”
“They are really proud of the energy efficient building, and how comfortable it is too,” says Stéphane.
Efficiency NB’s Start Smart Performance Path (Energy Modeling) Incentive Program requires that buildings are modelled in reference to the Model National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (MNECB 1997) to determine the estimated annual energy cost avoidance and to demonstrate overall building performance of 30% or better than the Code’s minimum requirements. The Energy Modelling Path program off-sets the costs associated with designing sustainable, high-efficiency buildings by providing financial incentives to buildings based on up to twice the estimated annual energy savings to a maximum of $60,000 per eligible building.