Mississauga community centre earns top international marks for going ‘green’


Published April 22, 2022 at 4:25 pm

Mississauga community centre earns top international marks for going 'green'

A Mississauga community centre has become the first municipal facility in Canada to earn a much sought-after international stamp of approval from an organization that measures efficient energy use.

The City of Mississauga has received an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 certification for its energy management systems at Frank McKechnie Community Centre.

The ISO 50001 internationally-recognized standard was received from ABS Quality Evaluations Inc., a world-leading certification body.

ISO 50001 certification is given to products, services or systems where a strategic and systematic energy management system with proven energy cost savings has been implemented, City officials note.

The City adds that the Hurontario St./Eglinton Ave. area community centre is the first municipal facility anywhere in the country to receive such a certification.

Specifically, the Frank McKechnie Community Centre was recognized for a number of energy efficiency projects and measures, including:

  • pool drain heat recovery system, through which the facility recovers about 80 per cent of the heat from the pool water that is drained at the end of each day. The recovered heat is then used to preheat the makeup water when the pool is filled again
  • interior and exterior lighting LED retrofits
  • optimizing the operation of its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • HVAC retrofits with higher efficiency systems
  • continuous energy monitoring and analytics as part of a fault-detection and diagnostics system

“We congratulate the City of Mississauga for raising the bar in prioritizing the ongoing effort to improve energy use and safeguard the future by making a positive difference today,” said ABS QE president Dominic Townsend. “As a world-leading certification body, ABS QE is positioned to not only meet the demands of our clients today, but address future standards of business, including energy and environmental issues and initiatives.”

Mississauga officials said that, among other things, being awarded the certification demonstrates the City’s commitment to energy conservation and sustainability aligned to the long-term vision of combatting climate change and becoming a zero-carbon municipality.

“This is an outstanding achievement for Mississauga and we are proud to be recognized as a municipal leader in energy conservation and green initiatives,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This certification shows our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as we continue to work towards becoming a zero-carbon city.”

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