Canada provides $11.5m for net zero police building

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police building will incorporate energy efficiency in the design and rooftop solar panels, among others

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The Canadian Government has announced an investment of CAD$11.5 million (£7.57m) for the construction of a net zero ready (NZER) building for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The new building, located in the Municipality of North Cowichan, will incorporate energy efficiency in the design, rooftop solar panels, solar shading to reduce cooling demand by 45% and daylight sensors to reduce annual lighting operations by 25%.

The 50,000-square-foot building will bring together the North Cowichan/Duncan Detachment, Forensic Identification Services, South Island Traffic Services and Indigenous Policing.

The investment is being provided through the Green Municipal Fund, a CAD$1.6 billion (£1bn) programme that aims to help local governments switch to sustainable practices faster.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources said: “Our government is pleased to support sustainable infrastructure in communities across Canada.

“Today’s investment is an important step in the development of a net zero RCMP detachment facility to serve the residents of Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan tribes and the surrounding areas. This is a great example of community-driven innovation and climate action.”