The new 17,000 sq.ft. Police Building is a full-service 24/7 Police station for the Six Nations of the Grand River; and combines functionality, security, and energy efficiency. Including custody, evidence, and administration, the building meets all the criteria of a post-disaster building.
Sustainability choices were directed at minimizing operating costs. Demand reduction strategies include ICF construction for exterior walls, high levels of air tightness and thermal insulation for walls and roof; extensive day lighting in all regularly occupied areas, and careful zoning to reflect occupancy throughout the day / week.
Passive energy responses include a geothermal heating / cooling system, day lighting, orientation to optimize heat gain with solar controls, and water conservation (rainwater harvesting and grey water flushing). Technology efficiencies include T5 lighting, Building Automation System, heat pump technology for air handling, low-flow washroom fixtures, and on-demand domestic hot water heating.