In its Economic Update published earlier this week, the Government of Canada announced that it will support sustainability enhancements for a net zero carbon joint facility that will house Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa Public Library.
The Government will be investing an additional $34.5 million in the project, most notably on significant enhancements to the facility such as upgrades to the building’s exterior and insulation, triple-glazed windows, solar panels on the building rooftop and embedded in the building facade, more sustainable building materials, and an indoor green wall.
These changes will not entail any delays in the project schedule, as the joint facility project team had already planned for various scenarios involving climate-focused design elements.
Both Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa Public Library are proud that the joint facility project will be a showcase of sustainable design for Canadian infrastructure.
For Library and Archives Canada, this is a second major sustainable infrastructure project, as the organization is currently building
a new preservation facility in Gatineau, Quebec that will be the first federal building constructed to the requirements of Canada’s
Greening Government Strategy.
Both projects support the objectives of the Strategy and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.