Project Description

Located in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the RCMP Prince Albert Detachment is a 1,430 square metre (15,400 square feet) single-storey police station which serves as a centre for policing in the area as well as a hub of support to Northern Police Services in Saskatchewan.

What We Did

Arborus was contracted to provide LEED® consulting, commissioning, and energy modelling services for this new construction project. Key to the success of this project was the use of CITRS (Centralized Information Tracking and Reporting System) an in-house information management system — the first of its kind in the green building market — which allowed for more efficiency and accountability in pursuit of LEED credits. Arborus played a key role in leading and executing commissioning efforts for the project, providing a concrete path from design review through to functional performance testing and preparation of a system operations manual. Crucial to the success of this process was the enthusiasm of the contractor who saw the value of commissioning for not only ensuring high performance of building systems but in reducing call backs after completions of the project. Arborus’ consultants guided the project through the LEED certification process from pre-design to construction, conducting energy modelling as well as building commissioning services, leading to a high performance, LEED® Silver certified building.

Project Results

Energy Modelling

Energy modelling offered by Arborus from the early stages of this project helped to identify the following key building systems and building envelope features resulting in high building energy performance with 64% energy savings and seven LEED points:

  • Heat recovery on ventilation air in a dedicated outdoor air system using chilled beams and in-slab radiant heating for zonal conditioning
  • High performance thermal envelope with triple-glazed windows and R-30 spray foam in walls
  • High efficiency condensing boilers for space heating and domestic hot water
  • Reduced interior lighting power

LEED Consulting

LEED consulting provided by Arborus for the project resulted in the following key building performance accomplishments:

  • Building uses 40% less potable water than baseline building
  • 9.5% of parking space set aside for refueling alternative fuel vehicles
  • 52% lower energy costs than baseline building
  • Uses 64% less energy than baseline building
  • 78% of wood used is FSC-certified
  • 86% of construction waste was recycled/diverted from the landfill
  • 39% of of building materials were regionally extracted and manufactured