Halifax Saltbox reno wins green award
June 27 2018
The conversion of hundred-year-old Halifax Saltbox house into modern commercial space has earned Nova Scotia architect Salterre Design and the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) a national green building award.
And, the architect says, the sustainable ideas could be used for energy-smart home renovations.
The teams were presented with the Canadian Green Building Award from Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine during an award ceremony in Toronto this month.
Nine awards are handed out annually to recognize projects across the country for excellence in sustainable design and construction.
The EAC renovated their office, a 1915 Saltbox-style house, in 2016. The renovation increased office space by 50 per cent while reducing energy consumption by 65 per cent.
As of 2017, it is considered to be the most energy-efficient commercial retrofit in Canada.
Emma Norton, Energy Conservation Coordinator at the EAC, said creating a showcase of what is possible in an ecological renovation was at the heart of the renovation.
“There’s a lot that can be learned from what we did with this renovation,” Norton said. “By the time our solar panels are up, we will have reduced our energy consumption by 89 per cent, and will be using just 3 per cent of what the average office building uses. Those numbers seem impossible until you see it done.”
The EAC is planning to install photovoltaic solar panels on their roof later this year, as part of a pilot program for generating solar electricity on community buildings.