Nelson Civic Center Receives Energy Efficiency Upgrade – EIN News | Hot Mobile Press

CANADA, August 4 – The Nelson Civic Center will undergo a major upgrade to improve energy efficiency, reduce climate pollution, and improve the building’s comfort and lifespan.

“Heritage buildings like the Nelson Civic Center are an integral part of the cultural fabric of our communities,” said the Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Federal Minister for International Development and Minister in Charge of the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, on behalf of the Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “These upgrades will extend its lifespan and ensure that this striking Art Deco building can continue to serve Nelson residents for generations to come.”

Through an investment from the CleanBC Communities Fund, the Civic Center auditorium will receive energy efficient upgrades to the building envelope, roof, windows, doors and mechanical systems. Currently, the facility’s concrete walls are uninsulated, the roof structure has minimal insulation, and the ventilation equipment is outdated, leaving only some areas of the building ventilated.

“We are working to improve an important community resource by making it more energy efficient and a better, more comfortable place for visitors,” said George Heyman, Secretary of State for Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “The Civic Center is the highest-emitting building in the City of Nelson and requires a major energy refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards. By working with the city and federal government, we are accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels to a zero-emissions future and supporting local jobs in the clean economy.”

The building’s exterior walls will be encased in an insulated, high-efficiency envelope that will reduce energy requirements and protect the deteriorating concrete from freeze-thaw cycles. Energy recovery fans and a heat recovery chiller provide heating and cooling performance, reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

“People in Nelson know what an incredible community resource the Civic Center is, and we’re working to make it even better and more environmentally and climate friendly,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “Funding for this project will bring multiple benefits to our area and to the people who enjoy the Civic Center and surrounding neighborhood. Not only will it extend the lifespan of the building and reduce its carbon footprint, but it will also boost the local economy by creating good jobs for people.”

The modernization of the 87-year-old historic building aims to reduce natural gas consumption and CO2 emissions by around two-thirds. The province is providing $2.82 million for the project, with an additional $1 million from the federal government and $1.4 million from the City of Nelson.

“The Civic Center building is a cherished cultural and recreational facility that has served our local community well for nearly 90 years since it opened in 1935,” said John Dooley, Mayor of the City of Nelson. “This project will significantly improve the comfort and accessibility of the building while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings is a key component of NelsonNext, our ambitious climate action plan.”

The CleanBC Communities Fund is part of the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, the province’s plan to expand and accelerate climate action by building on BC’s natural assets – abundant and clean electricity, innovative technology and a highly skilled workforce. It paves the way for increased collaboration to build a British Columbia that works for all.

Fast Facts:

  • The CleanBC Communities Fund is a partnership with the federal government under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
  • The province and federal government have committed up to $240 million in total investments to the fund over three rounds.
  • The Nelson Civic Center modernization project is part of the second round of low-carbon infrastructure projects.
  • The modernization of the Nelson Civic Center is expected to begin in 2023 and take two years.

Learn more:

To learn more about the CleanBC Communities Fund visit:

To learn more about the second round of CleanBC Communities Fund projects visit: projects-across-the-province-to-crea

To read the CleanBC roadmap to 2030 visit:

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