Globe & Mail Nod to Community Solutions for Low-Carbon Heating
April 11, 2013
Frances Bula’s March 25th article in the Globe and Mail “Vancouver seeks low-carbon solutions for heating buildings” discusses how the City of Vancouver is “offering to work with companies who can devise district energy systems that could serve large parts of the densely populated downtown” core of Vancouver. This article points out that while both transportation and buildings contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, the general population does not recognize that typically 55% of all greenhouse gas emissions in cities come from buildings.
The City has a strategy to make new buildings energy efficient, but recognizes that they also need to deal with older buildings and there are limits to efficiency.  Low carbon energy sources are also an important tool for meeting Vancouver's Greenest City ambitions.  The City Engineering Department has “a bidding process going on now, asking companies to . . . first, find a lower-carbon system for Central Heat, a private company that now heats 200 downtown buildings with steam heat created by burning natural gas . . . and second, design new district energy systems that could serve other parts of the downtown.”
Compass has worked for many years to advance District Energy in the City of Vancouver, including the City-owned Neighbourhood Energy Utility in Southeast False Creek. Compass is actively  working with a variety of clients on a number of other District Energy projects in Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland, including Westbank Projects, Parklane Homes, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the City of Surrey, the City of Coquitlam, and the City of Burnaby.