Elkford’s newly approved District office could help reduce the community’s carbon footprint.
Council approved construction of a $2.1 million replacement for their main office this week.
Director of Planning and Development Scott Beeching says the design includes solar panels so they rely less on the traditional power grid.
“The overall system of heating, cooling and energy, we are hoping to be at the efficiency of a regular building and then augmenting that with solar power to provide a quarter of the energy,” Beeching says. “If we near net-zero, we could be providing 100 per cent of the energy for the building.”
Beeching says relying on solar energy should also decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
“We’re the highest community in British Columbia. We’re actually in the top five for solar potential in Canada,” Beeching says. “I think reducing our carbon footprint is important to us through our OCP, but also achievable just with our location and potential.”
Work on the building should begin by June and be finished next year.
– Elkford’s Director of Planning and Development, Scott Beeching