October 6, 2011

Capital Upgrades Equal Energy Savings

Kamloops, B.C. - Since 2009, the City of Kamloops has completed a series of capital improvements that have resulted in significant annual operating cost reductions at seven recreation facilities. Plans are also underway to complete the final phase of the energy upgrade project at Brock Arena in 2012.

In 2010, the total annual cost savings resulting from natural gas and electricity consumption reductions were $137,000. Once the Brock Arena/pool heat exchanger is installed, the annual total savings will be $172,000.

Some of the upgrades have included:

These heating system upgrades to recreation facilities using state-of-art technology support Council's objective of being a leading-edge municipality in environmental practices. The Sustainability Plan identifies upgrades that reduce energy consumption in City facilities as a key component of its ultimate goal of being carbon neutral by 2012.

The Tournament Capital Centre and McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre have been identified as having the potential to qualify for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating by the Canada Green Building Council.

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Media Contact:
Byron McCorkell, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
City of Kamloops