Most large buildings in the Yukon draw electricity from a hydro or isolated diesel grid and rely on oil-fired boilers for heat. The use of affordable and clean renewable energy sources, along with other sustainable building practices are promoted in the Government House project. Government House is oriented to take full advantage of all these attributes. An open loop geothermal system is proposed for heating and cooling Government House due to the potential energy savings and the reduced emissions of greenhouse gases. It integrates planning, architecture and environmental design through such measures as:. The elders selected this prominent site for Government House, as it has cultural , spiritual and historic significance to the First Nation. Many of the existing housing and community facilities are deteriorating rapidly due to continual movement and shifting caused by permafrost degradation. All areas have been carefully designed to integrate with the natural surroundings to give this prominent, sacred site a strong sense of place and order.
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