Lights at City Hall

December 19, 2009

Blog, Community Energy Planning

I am often asked why there are lights on at City Hall at night. It seems counter-intuitive to all the energy-saving features of the new building.

One of the big reasons is that, with 24/7 by-law service now in place, the building is essentially occupied 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The By-law officers use mainly the 3rd floor, so that’s where you see most of the lights, but the main stair and elevator lobby is also lit for them to gain access to the 3rd floor. Also, By-law staff perform sweeps of the building every so often, which activates the motion-detector lights in those areas for a short time.

Another reason for seeing lights is that cleaning staff are working in the building until 11 p.m. The majority of the lights at City Hall go off after the cleaning staff depart, except for a few emergency lights on each floor.

In the area of the old fire hall, there are cove lights around the exterior windows that stay on all night. This is being changed; it requires a design change and some rewiring, which is planned to be completed in the new year.

While it may seem that City Hall is “all lit up,” the motion-detected lights mean that lights are on only when and where they’re needed.

However, we will continue to work with the new building to ensure only those lights that need to be one are on and only for as long as they are needed.

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