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Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Facility Points to a Greener Future

Did you know that the new Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Facility is set to be one of the country’s most sustainable buildings?

On February 8, 2021, Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities as well as local dignitaries Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Matthew Luloff, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, announced a significant contribution of an additional $34.5 million federal funding to achieve a net zero carbon facility.

Funding from the federal government will allow for:

  • upgrades to the building’s envelope and insulation;
  • triple-glazed windows;
  • solar panels on the rooftop and embedded in the facade;
  • additional sustainable materials; and
  • an indoor green wall

The federal funding means the building design can be enhanced to be a net-zero carbon facility. This supports the City’s targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 per cent by 2050.

Construction on this project is expected to start later this year and be completed in 2024 with an official opening in 2025. For more information about the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Facility, including project updates, visit www.inspire555.ca

Source: The City of Ottawa