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Parks, Recreation & Culture » Sustainable Kamloops » Environmental Sustainability » Energy

City Initiatives

What Kamloops is doing

The City of Kamloops is always striving to be ENERGY efficient. From minor programs like participating in BCHydro's Turn it Off Challenge (Phase 1 and 2) to replacing traffic lights with L.E.D technology to more complex projects like obtaining LEED's certifications in three of our City buildings. The City continues to investigate new technologies and practices which could be implemented to further reduce our energy consumption.

L.E.D. Traffic Lights
In its continuing search for reducing energy consumption the City has looked at L.E.D. technology. Light-emitting diodes (L.E.D.'s) have been proven to be more energy efficient and last longer then your regular incandescent bulbs. The City began replacing its regular traffic light bulbs with L.E.D.'s in 2003 and completed the task in 2004.

LEED's Buildings
The City of Kamloops has three of its own buildings that are LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. The US Green Building Council developed this rating system which encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

The Tournament Capital Center, The McArthur Island Sports Complex and the Kamloops Center for Water Quality have all been certified up to the "Silver" standard of LEEDTM. From the initial planning stage of each of the buildings energy conservation at the construction level was central in the development stage. An on-site waste management plan, quantifying material diversion goals, was developed and implemented to reduce the amount of waste materials entering the landfill. At least 65% of construction, demolition, and land clearing waste were recycled and/or salvaged.

When possible construction materials were chosen with energy conservation in mind. Products like aluminum are a non-renewable resource requiring very high-energy use in production (over five times that of steel by weight). Aluminum products, where used, were fully or partially made from 20-100% recycled scrap. The designers considered less-energy-consuming alternative materials in applications where the advantageous characteristics of aluminum (lightweight, colour, and corrosion resistance) were not needed.

The designers also inquired about the recycled content in the steel products. Steel is one of the most recycled building materials. The steel typically used in products whose major characteristic is strength may contain as much as 100 percent recycled steel, of which 75 percent may be post consumer. Ordering prefabricated materials also reduced steel use.

Contact
Sustainability Services
955 Concordia Way
Kamloops BC V2C 6V3
ph 250-828 3461
fx 250-828-3790
email publicworks@kamloops.ca

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