LEED is no longer an option
Making Orangeville’s new police station a LEED-certified building is no longer an option supported by Orangeville councillors.
The decision made at Monday night’s council meeting came after councillors received a report from the contractor, EllisDon, on the costs involved in getting a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program) rating.
The report said the main concerns would be the costs of consulting fees and the potential of delaying the project by six weeks.
Councillor Rob Strang asked if a government grant was available to cover the costs of the consulting fees. He was told by Genevieve Rochette of Stanec Consulting that some government grants are available, especially on the energy efficiency side, for up to $60,000. But the process to receive the grant needs someone on the team called a simulator who simulates the design on the building and compares it to a base building by using a government program.
The grant would be based on a percentage reduction rate on energy.
The new police building can do that at about 35 per cent for between $15,000 to $20,000, said Ms. Rochette.
nowunderconstruction... However, the building would need to be at 60 per cent in order to receive the grant, which would be quite difficult.
Deputy Mayor Jim McGregor then wanted to know what portion of the “to do” list had a payback.
Ms. Rochette said anything under the report’s category three, Energy and Atmosphere, had a pay back.
The deputy mayor then wanted to know what the “ball park number” would be if they ignored the LEED points system and invested in energy payback.
Michael Hummel, preconstruction manager for EllisDon, said it would be about $50,000.
Deputy Mayor McGregor then suggested if they spent $50,000 to get some sort of payback and ignored the points the town could save $60,000.
Project Manager David Dautovich simply responded, “If that’s what the goal is.”
Delaying the project by six weeks is not an option Councillor Gail Campbell would support.
“I support making the building as energy-efficient as possible,” she said, but not for a plaque, consultants or delaying the project. “I want to get the building done as soon as possible.”
Councillor Campbell also said she thinks any move to make the building LEED-certified should have been made
before the pencil hit the paper. The project was too far along now to do it within budget and make it energy efficient.
Mr. Hummel said nothing in dollar items will delay the project. The sixweek delay would be from bureaucratic requirements such as paperwork and testing.
The total budget in the report for making the station LEED-certified is over $412,000, which includes $10,000 for bicycle storage. This figure is in addition to the $3.2 million budget already set for the new police station.
Spending $10,000 on bicycle storage was an idea councillors did not favour.
“Other arrangements can be made for bikes,” Mayor Drew Brown said.
He added, “I fully support making upgrades, but the LEED designation isn’t important enough to throw that kind of money at it.”
Councillor Strang asked what the $10,000 for the bike storage was for.
Mr. Hummel said the figure came from the landscape architect. The price includes an area where the public can ride their bikes to the station, which means the racks would need to go at the front of the building and be incorporated in the design.
“It’s $5,000 per rack to provide above and beyond the grade-school variety,” he said.
After discussion on wording of a motion, the final motion read that the report be received and Mr. Dautovich enter into discussion with EllisDon to improve the environmental and energy efficiency not to exceed $100,000 and to report back to council.