Windsor, Ontario, August 19, 2010. The City of Hamilton received an AMO Federal Gas Tax Project Award for energy upgrades made to Hamilton City Hall.
The award was presented to Mayor Fred Eisenberger by Government House Leader John Baird and AMO Past President Peter Hume today at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference in Windsor.

The annual awards honour municipalities that have demonstrated excellence in the use of Federal Gas Tax funding.  Award-winning projects display exceptional community benefits and help achieve the fund’s environmental objectives of cleaner water, cleaner air, or reduced greenhouse gas emissions

“This project stands out for incorporating a broad range of green initiatives into a local landmark,” said AMO Past President Peter Hume.  “This project demonstrates that heritage sites can be turned into greener, energy efficient buildings.”

Originally constructed in 1960, Hamilton’s City Hall required comprehensive renovations to meet current building code and accessibility requirements.  The total cost to renovate City Hall was $74 million, $30.7 million of which was funded through the Federal Gas Tax Fund.  The City incorporated a number of new energy saving features into their renovations including lighting controls, high efficiency motors on supply water pumps, and a 4,000 square foot green roof.  One of the first Federal Gas Tax projects to incorporate an argon gas curtain wall into its design, the building provides exceptional insulation and takes advantage of natural sunlight to reduce heating costs.  In addition, heating and cooling requirements are now supplied by connections to existing district energy systems located in Downtown Hamilton.

Renovations are expected to reduce energy consumption by 35 per cent, which will generate estimated savings of $233,000 per year for the City.  In addition, the renovated building is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent and water use by more than 10 per cent. 

“I am extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of the City of Hamilton,” said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger.  “In partnership with the Government of Canada through the federal Gas Tax Fund, Hamilton City Hall has undergone an extensive revitalization that successfully blends elements of the building’s proud heritage with new and modern amenities to meet current building codes, accessibility and energy standards.”

The Federal Gas Tax Fund is the only stable source of municipal infrastructure funding, providing $746 million to all Ontario municipalities each year.  The program focuses on environmentally sustainable infrastructure that helps achieve cleaner water, cleaner air, or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Originally launched as a five-year program in 2005, the Gas Tax Fund was extended to 2014 and the 2008 Federal Budget committed to making the program permanent.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.