Ontario Construction News staff writer
The federal government has announced it will pay $61,800 funding through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) for a feasibility study to support the development of Junction East, Greater Sudbury’s new library and art gallery.
The now-completed feasibility study evaluated the environmental and financial performance of various green building technologies, including district energy, ground-source heat pumps, rooftop solar photovoltaics, building automation systems, high building envelope performance and rainwater harvesting.
“The City of Greater Sudbury appreciates the generous support of our federal partners as we work to construct a net-zero carbon, highly efficient building,” said Sudbury Mayor Brian Biggar. “This funding demonstrates confidence in the Junction East project and helps us to achieve the community’s climate change goals.”
The study investigated various green building certifications and estimated embodied greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to assist the architectural team in selecting low-impact and environmentally preferable materials and products.
The Junction East plan includes a library, the Art Gallery of Sudbury and the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association. Its location next to the Sudbury Theatre Centre will create a central cultural campus that will become a destination for residents and visitors alike.
For more information visit www.greatersudbury.ca/largeprojects.
“Local governments own sixty percent of the country’s infrastructure. With support from the Green Municipal Fund, municipalities of all sizes are implementing smart sustainable solutions to improve their infrastructure,” said Taneen Rudyk, FCM President.