A skating rink and wave pool in the District of North Vancouver have been upgraded to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A key incentive is the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, a provincial initiative that refunds carbon taxes paid.
Most of the retrofits in the Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre involve simple changes like installing state of the art weather stripping, switching to LED lighting, and adding Low-E Insulation to the ceiling in the ice arena.
A waste heat recovery system was also installed. Monica Samuda Poitras, Energy Manager for the District of North Vancouver explains that greenhouse gas emission reductions of close to 80 per cent are expected. “Both buildings were operating without taking advantage of their proximity to each other. The ice plant gives off heat; the swimming pool needs heat. We were able to add efficiency by doing heat exchanges.”
As well, the wave generator received a new motor and the building’s automated operations system was upgraded to achieve a total reduction in energy costs of between thirty and sixty per cent.
District North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton points out the simple changes can be scaled to both municipalities and residents. “These are totally achievable savings. You don’t have to do anything big and flashy to make deep impacts to GHG emissions and energy costs.”
The project was highlighted in the 2015 Summary of British Columbia Local Government Climate Actions (see page 7), and is one of several energy retrofits the District is planning in coming years.
Projects like these support Metro Vancouver’s regional strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.
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