MCC Ontario already has an award-nominated green building in Kitchener, but it recently took another step with environmental sustainability in mind.
The multi-use building on Kent Avenue recently had light emitting diode (LED) fixtures installed on the first floor. The savings are remarkable.
According to Bob Lebold, MCC Ontario’s physical resources coordinator who was in charge of overseeing the installation, each year the fixtures will save MCC nearly $8,300 because the LED bulbs use 70 per cent less electricity than the previous fixtures.
“And that’s just the first floor,” he exclaims.
“It almost blows your mind that there’s that much savings and it’s all because of these light emitting diodes, these LEDs. The little bulbs take so little energy to power them,” he says.
The initial cost of retrofitting the MCC Thrift store and warehouse on the first floor of the building was $21,295, but MCC received a rebate from Kitchener Wilmot Hydro of just under $6,560 on Sept. 27. After the rebate, the project will cost MCC $14,735, which will be paid for in energy savings in less than two years.
MCC’s purpose statement says we envision communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation. This is another way MCC Ontario is caring for creation.
The money MCC Ontario is saving goes right back into its budget which supports relief, development and peace projects globally.
“I think we as Christians, we as Mennonites who are concerned about the state of the environment should be retrofitting everything,” Lebold says.
In addition to its new LED system, 50 Kent produces, on average, 200 kilowatt of electricity per day (the amount of electricity it would need on a typical day) from a 774 panel solar array which is pumped back into the grid.
The building has a rainwater storage system for “grey water” usage, like flushing toilets and urinals. As a result, the rest of the building’s water needs are reduced to the equivalent amount used by a family of four or five.
Materials from MCC Ontario’s previous building were reused in the construction of the new office building and others were chosen based primarily on their environmental impact.
Lebold says MCC Ontario plans to replace the second floor lights with LED fixtures in the next year, which will bring more energy savings and another incentive cheque from Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro.
Click here to learn more about MCC's sustainability initiatives in Canada.