FCM's Green Municipal Fund announces $ 2.3 million in funding to Support LEED Gold Qplex Wellness and Conference centre in Quispamsis



    QUISPAMSIS, NB, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, President of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que.and
Rob Moore, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable
Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today Green Municipal
Fund (GMF) funding for the Town of Quispamsis' LEED Gold Qplex Wellness and
Conference centre.
    Perrault and Moore were also joined by New Brunswick Minister of Local
Government, Bernard LeBlanc, who recently concluded an agreement with the
Green Municipal Fund that guarantees all New Brunswick municipalities have
complete access to all GMF loans and grants.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund is an excellent way for all municipalities in
New Brunswick to access low-interest loans and grants that will help them
invest in their local sustainable infrastructure projects," said FCM President
Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Qué. "We are pleased that by working
closely with the Government of New Brunswick and the province's municipal
associations, we now have an agreement in place that guarantees all New
Brunswick municipalities enjoy full access to FCM's Green Municipal Fund for
projects like the ones we are announcing today."
    "Our Government is assisting municipalities across the country in
achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment through the Green
Municipal Fund," said Mr. Moore. "Today's announcement is another example of
how our Government - in partnership with the FCM - is helping the Town of
Quispamsis build a greener future for their citizens."
    The Town of Quispamsis will build the QPlex Wellness and Conference
Centre, a central, community-supported, multipurpose recreational building.
The town expects to meet LEED Gold guidelines for the project, based on an
initial forecast energy savings of 61.3 per cent relative to a similar
building reference under the Model National Energy Code for Buildings. All
planning has considered how to save energy and minimize the impacts on the
surrounding natural landscape.
    "This LEED Gold Arena, Conference Centre and Pool Complex is the largest
and most sustainable project the Town of Quispamsis has ever undertaken. We
are most appreciative of FCM's Green Municipal Fund's low interest loan and
grant that will help make this project a reality " said Quispamsis Mayor
Murray Driscoll.
    As one of only a handful buildings in New Brunswick built to LEED
guidelines, the town expects that the QPlex project will generate interest in
green buildings from investors, builders and potential occupants. A more
detailed breakdown of the funding and the project is available in the attached
backgrounder.
    "Today's investments will help these two municipalities to proceed with
important green infrastructure projects and help us work toward our goal of
self-sufficiency," said Bernard LeBlanc, Minister of Local Government. "By
collaborating with organizations such as the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, we are assisting New Brunswick municipalities to become even
more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."

    The Green Municipal Fund is an endowment financed by the Government of
Canada and managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities The Fund
supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding
to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate
protection.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting
strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.


    
                    Federation of Canadian Municipalities

                           Project Background Notes

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             Green Municipal Fund announcement of funding for the
            LEED Gold Qplex Wellness and Conference Centre in the
                             Town of Quispamsis
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                         Friday, February 20th, 2009
                                  3:30 p.m.

                Town of Quispamsis City Hall Council Chambers
                               P.O. Box 21085
                              12 Landing Court
                           Quispamsis, NB E2E 4Z4

    The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund(TM) (GMF). The
Fund is a long-term, sustainable source of grants and below-market loans for
municipal governments and their partners.
    GMF grants and below-market loans directly support municipal initiatives,
while GMF education and training services help municipal governments share
expertise and strengthen their ability to set and surpass their sustainability
goals.
    The Fund provides below-market loans and grants, as well as education and
training services to support municipal initiatives that improve air, water and
soil quality, and protect the climate. Grants are available for sustainable
community plans, feasibility studies and field tests, while a combination of
grants and loans are available for capital projects. Funding is allocated in
five sectors of municipal activity: brownfields, energy, transportation, waste
and water. To ensure the greatest possible impact, GMF invests in initiatives
that will significantly benefit the environment and are also likely to improve
local economies and quality of life. GMF shares the lessons and expertise
gained through these initiatives and provides training to encourage other
communities to replicate their success.

    The following funding announcement will be made on Friday, February 20th,
    2009:

    Town of Quispamsis LEED Gold QPlex Wellness and Conference Centre
    Breakdown of GMF funding

    Grant Amount: $ 300,000
    Loan Amount: $ 2,000,000

    The Town of Quispamsis will build the QPlex Wellness and Conference
Centre, a central, community-supported, multipurpose recreational building.
The town expects to meet LEED Gold guidelines for the project, based on an
initial forecast energy savings of 61.3 per cent relative to a similar
building reference under the Model National Energy Code for Buildings. All
planning has considered how to save energy and minimize the impacts on the
surrounding natural landscape. The site selection process chose land that was
already cleared, which is the least intrusive option. A geothermal heating and
cooling system will divert recovered heat from the ice plant to heat the
building, heat water for the building's domestic supply and ice-making, and
warm the outdoor pool. An enhanced building envelope, together with passive
solar orientation, will reduce heat losses and gains through the roof, walls
and windows. High-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
systems and occupancy sensors will be used throughout to minimize energy
consumption, and a stormwater management pond and several water-conserving
measures will reduce the draw on well water. As one of only a handful
buildings in New Brunswick built to LEED guidelines, the town expects that the
QPlex project will generate interest in green buildings from investors,
builders and potential occupants.
    




For further information:

For further information: Green Municipal Fund: Dave Weatherall,
Communications Officer, Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, (613) 907-6292, Fax: (613) 244-1515, dweatherall@fcm.ca,
www.fcm.ca/gmf; Town of Quispamsis: Catherine Snow, Town Clerk, Town of
Quispamsis, (506) 849-5738, Fax: (506) 849-5799, csnow@quispamsis.ca,
www.quispamsis.ca; Natural Resources Canada: Jasmine MacDonnell, Press
Secretary, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007,
Fax: (613) 943-0663, http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; Government of New Brunswick:
Chris Connor, Communications Officer, Department of Local Government, (506)
444-4693, chris.connor@gnb.ca, www.gnb.ca

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