“Saint John, NB, Nov. 16, 2023 /CNW/ – A significant joint investment of over $384,000 has been announced to support retrofits to the Carnegie Building in Saint John, a move that will greatly reduce the facility’s carbon footprint. This investment represents a proactive measure that will not only preserve a historic landmark but also set the stage for a more environmentally respectful approach to the common use of energy.”
Improving Energy Efficiency to Preserve a Historic Landmark
The investment will focus on improving the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, as well as implementing the most efficient LED lighting throughout the Carnegie Building. By doing so, the project aims to cut down the facility’s energy consumption by an impressive estimated 56.9% and slash greenhouse gas emissions by 43.8 tonnes annually. This significant step will maintain the building’s historical and cultural significance, while being in line with modern-day energy efficiency standards.
A Cultural Hub for the East Coast
The Carnegie Building, constructed in 1904, is home to the Saint John Arts Centre, which is an essential gathering place for artists on the East Coast. This project will ensure that the community can continue to benefit from this important cultural space with its new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features. The significance of this building in the development of the arts and its vital role in arts education and community outreach make it a prime candidate for such improvements.
The investment from the Government of Canada reflects a broader commitment to growing the country’s economy, building resilient communities, and improving the lives of Canadians. The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program not only aims to cut pollution and make life more affordable but also supports thousands of good jobs by improving existing public community buildings. By ensuring that community facilities are inclusive, accessible, and have a long service life, the government is positioning Canada to move towards its net-zero objectives by 2050. This aligns with the broader need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and build resilience to climate change.
The investment today is not just about energy-saving and modern improvements to historical landmarks; it’s also a testament to a larger goal of creating well-paying middle-class jobs, strengthening local economies, and building inclusive communities. Besides the immediate benefits to the Carnegie Building and the Saint John Arts Centre, this investment also speaks to the commitment to the people and communities across Canada. Through this, future generations will continue to enjoy the rich cultural experiences that these spaces have to offer in an energy-efficient and environmentally conscious manner.