The County of Simcoe recognizes the many benefits of improving our energy use. Using energy more efficiently and increasing renewable energy sources helps to reduce our footprint and save costs, which is good for the environment and our operations!
LEED Certified Buildings
LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED® promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:
- Sustainable site development
- Water efficiency
- Energy efficiency
- Materials selection
- Indoor environmental quality
Administration Centre – LEED GOLD Certified Building
Completed in 2012, the Administration Centre is a beacon of sustainability and serves as a terrific example of municipal leadership in environmentally responsible design. Learn more about the Administration Centre through this interactive online kiosk.
Georgian Village Campus – LEED SILVER Certified building
Completed in 2013, Georgian Village has become a model for environmental sustainability and seniors' care.
Click here to take a tour of Georgian Village.
The growth of LED lighting has created an opportunity to improve the quality and durability of lighting at significantly lower energy costs. As part of a corporate-wide lighting retrofit program, the County is upgrading many of its traditional lighting to LED lighting. Provincial programs such as SaveOn Energy have provided further financial incentives to 'switch' to LED lighting.
Living in a climate with cold winters and warm summers requires lots of energy to heat, cool and ventilate buildings.The County of Simcoe keeps these priorities in mind when servicing and upgrading HVAC equipment and, by doing so, has saved energy and costs by upgrading to more efficient equipment. Programs offered by Enbridge and Union Gas have provided further financial incentives to utilize more efficient equipment.
Renewable energy uses the sun, wind, earth or water to generate energy, and does not require the burning of fossil fuels. At the County of Simcoe, a variety of renewable energy projects have allowed the County to generate clean electricity and heat independent from the power grid.
Administration Centre - Solar System
The Centre's 24 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system is made up of a rooftop array and two pole-mounted arrays in the parking lot.
Forestry Interpretive Centre - Solar System
A 3 kW off-grid solar PV and battery system will power the FIC, providing emissions- free power to lights, receptacles and an automated door opener.
Ramara Landfill – Solar System
A 2 kW off-grid solar PV and battery system will help the landfill to reduce its dependence on a propane generator.
Administration Centre - Geothermal System
A geothermal heat pump system provides a portion of the building's heating and cooling as 'free' energy via 60 vertical wells buried underground. When the building has excess heat in the summertime, the geothermal system transports and stores the heat deep underground. In the wintertime, the system draws the heat out of the ground and brings it into the building.