Union Gas opens Stoney Creek facility
A green roof and a solar wall are just two of the energy-efficient technologies in the new Union Gas office and training facility officially opened in Stoney Creek on Tuesday.
The building, constructed on a 3.3-hectare parcel of land and estimated to have cost $30 million, is located along the Glover and South Service roads.
The new facility will be Union Gas’s regional base for Hamilton and Halton, housing about 80 employees. Company spokesman Andrea Stass said the site will also be used a training site for employees from across Ontario.
Stass said a number of native plants are being grown above the cafeteria on the green roof, which will provide shade in the summer.
The solar wall is along the back of the building facing the escarpment.
“It contains large dark blue panels with small holes that collect the heat, which is then used to preheat air for the building, reducing heating costs,” she explained.
The two-storey, 54,000-square-foot facility was designed to use 45 per cent less energy than a conventional building of the same size, Stass said.
The city provided Union Gas with a $629,751.94 Environmental Remediation and Site Enhancement redevelopment grant to help cover the costs of cleaning up the land.
Article courtesy of The Hamilton Spectator