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June 27, 2018
New net-zero Oxford County Waste Management & Education Centre officially open

Cutting edge, net-zero energy facility marks another step towards achieving 100% renewable energy


On Wednesday, Warden David Mayberry, Oxford County CAO Peter Crockett, and Oxford County Director of Public Works David Simpson, joined by Oxford MP Dave MacKenzie and Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, marked the opening of the new Oxford County Waste Management & Education Centre with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.

The Waste Management & Education Centre is a cutting edge, net-zero energy facility that includes a solar photovoltaic system that generates as much electricity as the building consumes on a yearly basis, reducing the annual electrical operating cost for the building to the fixed charges to remain connected to the electrical grid.

While the building is designed to meet the 71.5 kWh/m2 requirement of the New Building Institute’s Zero Net Energy criteria, the energy use of the entire landfill site is to be offset by the solar photovoltaic system. The building itself implements numerous energy efficiencies, including rammed earth walls that are 22 inches thick and contain 8 inches of insulation, triple-pane windows and Energy Recovery Ventilators that recover heat energy from the building’s exhaust air and use it to heat the incoming air supply.

The Education Centre offers a number of interactive displays that educate on environmental sustainability, renewable energy and zero waste. The centre will be primarily used for school visits, but interested members of the public can contact the Oxford County Public Works Department at 1-800-755-0394 to request a tour by appointment.

The overall proposed budget approved by County Council for the facility was just over $2.36 million, with the actual building costs coming in under the proposed budget at $2.16 million.

The Waste Management & Education Centre is in line with Oxford County’s adoption of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy and zero waste.

Background

The new Oxford County Waste Management & Education Centre is a net-zero energy facility that uses an energy efficient building envelope and solar photovoltaic panels to completely offset the energy use of both the building and the rest of the landfill site. A real-world example of how buildings can be sustainably constructed and operated, the Education Centre includes demonstrations, resources and information to educate and inspire further sustainability initiatives.

Download more information about the building and its features.

Photos

Ribbon cutting at the Waste Management and Education Centre

From left: David Simpson, Director of Public Works, Oxford County; Dave MacKenzie, MP for Oxford County; David Mayberry, Warden, Oxford County; Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford County; Peter Crockett, CAO, Oxford County

In front of the Waste Management and Education Centre

From left: Greg Leskien, Zon Engineering; David Simpson, Director of Public Works, Oxford County; Dave MacKenzie, MP for Oxford County; David Mayberry, Warden, Oxford County; Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford County; Peter Crockett, CAO, Oxford County; Michael Wilson, Michael A. Wilson Architect; Craig Miedema, Gateman Malloy

Additional photos available upon request.

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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.

Contacts

Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 | jaustin@oxfordcounty.ca    


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