Ontario Construction News staff writer
Canada’s first zero-carbon firehall has opened in Vancouver, constructed to a zero emissions standard and with LEED Gold certification and net zero energy as defined by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The building is also expected to achieve Passive House certification.
“The new Firehall 17 is a leading example of the City of Vancouver’s innovative approach to meeting climate commitments while investing in our city and providing the services Vancouverites depend on,” said Mayor Ken Sim. “It is a demonstration we can make near zero-emissions buildings the new normal, while also helping to reduce energy and water consumption costs.
“This firehall will also help train the next generation of firefighters, helping to keep Vancouver safe.”
The $25 million project is:
- Designed to be a post-disaster communications hub
- Fitted with equipment needed to keep the community connected in the event of a disaster, like an earthquake
Located at 7070 Knight St., the new firehall is the second largest training site for Vancouver Fire Rescue Services. The expanded building is also designed to be a post-disaster communications hub and fitted with equipment needed to keep the community connected in the event of a disaster, such as an earthquake.
“This state-of-the-art facility will ensure City of Vancouver is resilient to potential disasters,” said Karen Fry, Fire chief and general manager of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services. “The new Firehall 17 is part of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services long-term fire hall plan and will meet service needs for the next few decades.”