The City of Peterborough in Canada is set to construct a new net-zero fire station, which will replace the outdated Fire Station 2 at Carnegie Road.  

The existing Fire Station 2 is more than 50 years old. 

The new and updated fire station will be relocated to mitigate flood risk and meet operational standards. 

It will also include water-saving features, automated control systems, ground-source heat pumps, solar panels, and a heat-recovery system. 

The project is being backed by a C$9.3m ($6.9m) investment from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF). 

The GMF is managed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and financed by the Government of Canada.

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It helps in the adoption of sustainable practices by providing local governments with a combination of funding, resources, and training. 

Mass timber will be used in the construction of the new station, reducing the carbon footprint when compared to traditional materials such as concrete, steel, or aluminium.  

This overall green design is expected to save the city approximately C$24,270 annually in operational costs.  

The building also aims for a certification through the Canada Green Building Council. 

Canadian Member of Parliament for Whitby, Ontario Ryan Turnbull said: “Today marks a pivotal moment as NRCan and the FCM announce a [C]$9.3m investment through the Green Municipal Fund for the construction of a state-of-the-art, net-zero fire station in Peterborough, Ontario.  

“This transformative project, set to replace the ageing Fire Station 2, will incorporate renewable energy, mass timber construction and water-saving technologies, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and substantial operational-cost savings of [C]$24,270 per year for the city.”