Atuttiarniq is an ongoing energy efficiency program being undertaken across the Government of Nunavut’s existing buildings.
With increased energy efficiency comes many added benefits: lower energy costs, improved building conditions, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The up-front costs of implementing building energy efficiency upgrades that achieve these benefits are paid for from the future energy savings they generate over time.
Atuttiarniq work primarily includes retrofits to existing building lighting, heating systems, water fixtures, electrical systems, and any other building renovation work that helps save energy. Additionally, Atuttiarniq helps make these government buildings smarter through the implementation of technology that enables real-time energy performance monitoring and remote operational access. This allows for fast troubleshooting and actions that keep buildings operating as efficiently as possible without operators needing to be in the buildings themselves – a significant benefit, since many of the buildings operated by the government are spread out across Nunavut’s isolated communities.
Atuttiarniq also includes installing renewable energy systems such as solar thermal and electrical generation at select government buildings - further helping to reduce Nunavut’s dependence on the expensive, imported, and high-carbon fuel oil used by the buildings for space and water heating, and in Nunavut’s community power plants.