Fire Station #8

Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification upon completion, METTKO successfully worked within the stringent timeframes of the stimulus program (Canada Action Plan) to deliver a successful project outcome.

Service Sector Municipal
Project Size 7,200 Sq Ft
Location Burlington

The new fire station recently obtained LEED Gold Certification. This fire station uses approximately 60% less energy and provides a proportionate percentage of savings on greenhouse gas emissions.


Green Features of Fire Station #8 include:

Energy Saving Measures

  • A highly efficient building envelope which includes 50% additional insulation to perimeter walls, foundation and roof to reduce heat loads.
  • Fibreglass-framed high performance glass windows were located and sized to minimize electric light usage and give workers a healthy exposure to natural light, ventilation and views. The thermal performance for these windows is 30% better than aluminum windows.
  • The high-efficiency heating system includes a solar wall to preheat fresh air and a heat recovery system to transfer wasted energy back into 100% fresh air supply. This system is 60% more efficient than a standard HVAC system.
  • Light-coloured roof materials were selected to reduce roof temperatures which lowers the heat island effect and urban temperatures. Less energy is used to reduce interior temperature.
  • Partnered with Burlington Hydro to supply and install a 10 kW Solar Array System on the exterior perimeter of the station which feeds energy back to the grid system.

Water Saving Measures

  • A seasonal storm pond has been integrated into the property to reduce water run-off from the site.
  • A regenerating and water efficient landscape has been incorporated to reduce water use.
  • Occupancy sensors and low flow fixtures have been included to reduce water usage.
  • Waste Management/Reduction
  • 75% of waste was diverted from landfills
  • Materials used were 15% recycled content


  • Close to public transit
  • 20% of materials were manufactured locally
  • Optimized indoor air quality by using low emitting materials (paints, carpets, etc.), indoor chemical and pollutant control
  • Designed people spaces for high quality natural lighting with 90% of occupied space having views to exterior