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Zero emissions station opens
CFA’s first zero net emissions fire station was officially opened today (18 August) at Anglesea.
District 7 Operations Manager Gerry Verdoorn praised the efforts of the Anglesea brigade members, who were the driving force behind the station design.
“Every member should be proud of themselves for contributing to a station that is the first of its kind for CFA,” he said.
“Not only is this an environmentally friendly facility, but will be a resource that students can use to attend curriculum based bushfire education and activities.”
The Anglesea community raised $450,000, the Anglesea and Winchelsea Community Bank contributed $100,000, CFA $350,000 and the state government $1 million.
The state-of-the-art Anglesea Fire Station will be among Australia’s first zero net emissions fire station with the redevelopment to involve a range of water and energy-saving features.
Anglesea Captain Andy Rankin said today’s opening was a culmination of six years of work and planning.
“Our members have worked tirelessly, dedicating many hours organising and attending meetings to ensure the community, business associations, CFA and government are aware of their vision and on board with the project,” he said.
“The project wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the whole Anglesea Fire Brigade.”
Andy also expressed his sincere thanks to the community of Anglesea that strongly supported the brigade.
He said the brigade would not have achieved this successful outcome without their support, especially the support provided to their 10 years' of highly successful golf days which were the main fundraiser.
The new fire station replaces a 30 year old building that will not only cater for the brigade’s current and future needs but also lead the way in environmental design for fire stations and distinguish itself as an educational facility as well as an operating fire station.
The facility is designed to minimise energy use (through natural light utilisation and passive solar performance for heating and cooling) and powered using renewable energy (such as photovoltaic’s to generate electricity, and wind turbine). Any further emissions due to other operational functions such as vehicle use will be offset through undertaking local tree planting programs.
Further, the project will maximise the use of the lower embodied energy and healthy materials, thus further minimising the overall carbon footprint of the project.
Other key aspects of the project will include the integration of the water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and to be water self-sufficient.
An energy management system will also monitor the energy efficiency of the building - incoming electricity from the grid and energy generated from the solar panels and the wind turbine.
The system will also calculate the carbon footprint associated with energy use within the building. All information will be displayed in ‘real-time’ on a screen mounted in the foyer.
Other environmentally friendly features include:
- Energy efficient lighting – T5 fluorescent tubes, LED down lights and ‘exit’ signs and solar car park lighting
- Building design that takes advantage of natural light, north facing windows allow natural light into entrance foyer/hallway, and PPE stowage room
- Windows can be opened to allow passive cooling and venting of the building
- Double glazed windows with manually operated solar block-out awnings
- 'Sustainable’ timber used throughout the structure – either sourced from renewable plantation grown timber, or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Australian Forest Standards (AFS) certified wood
- Modwood ‘timber’ boards used for screens and external seating - Modwood is a durable product made from recycled wood and plastic)
- Reclaimed (Messmate) timber used as floor boards in foyer and on feature walls.
- Roof, walls and floors insulated with certified ‘green’ insulation. Environmentally certified flooring – carpets and vinyl – used throughout
- Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and finishes used.