Smart design, renewable energy resources and good energy management are behind the Saint John Transit facility’s energy and cost savings.
Now in its second full year of operation, the facility is showing significant cost and energy savings for Saint John Transit. As well, many operational advantages come from the new facility, including reducing the need to have buses idling for long periods thanks to the bus garage.
“Saint John Transit has made the investment in energy efficiency to improve our operations,” says Chris Titus, chairman of the City of Saint John’s Transit Commission. “We want to provide our customers with a sustainable bus service.”
The new facility was constructed to a LEED Silver standard. It currently runs at a 45 percent energy savings compared to a building of the same size and function without any efficiency measures in place. That gives Saint John Transit a $225,000 reduction in its annual energy bill, and it keeps over 653 tonnes of CO2 out of the environment each year. That’s the equivalent of planting nearly 3600 trees, or keeping 109 cars off the road each year.
To achieve that level of energy efficiency, the Saint John Transit building uses renewable energy in the form of solar energy and heat recovery systems to heat the offices and bus garage. Natural light plays a big part in reducing the lighting needs of the building. A rainwater harvesting system is also in place to reduce the facility’s water use.
The City of Saint John’s Sustainable Energy Program is working to improve the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Energy management programs monitor energy usage and a variety of programs are in place to increase efficiency – from heat recovery systems and improved insulation in arenas to new energy efficient lighting in the Market Square parking garage.