Fort St. John recreational facilities are the largest energy consuming buildings operated by the City. To reduce corporate emissions, energy costs and to help in achieving carbon neutrality, the City completed a detailed energy conservation and district heating study for the area. Approximately $200,000 worth of energy saving opportunities were identified. The City now plans on implementing the ones that are most cost effective.
Facilities Office Upgrades
The City’s Facilities Office was energy upgraded in 2011. The following upgrades were completed:
- Windows were upgraded to triple pane double low-e argon filled type
- A heat recovery ventilator was installed in the building to ensure adequate air is entering the building and is done so efficiently
- Attic insulation was increased from R26 to R66
- The crawl space was insulated with closed cell spray foam to achieve R26
- A geoexchange (geothermal ground-source heat pump) system was installed for heating and cooling, replacing two (2) natural gas fired forced air furnaces which cut energy use by approximately 65%
- In 2012 the interior lighting was upgraded to further reduce electricity consumption
In total the building energy consumption was reduced by approximately 80% (or cut to 1/5th of what it was)!
LEED Certification Policy - Municipal Buildings - Council Policy No. 119/09
The City of Fort St. John has adopted a policy for all new municipal buildings to be built in accordance with the standard level of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design - Canada (LEED - Canada) as a minimum requirement.
Additional solar powered infrastructure in place around the City of Fort St. John includes solar trash compactors located in a number of our parks, solar lighting at bus shelters, solar powered pedestrian signals and solar powered wireless technology for data transfer from water metres and lagoons.
Passive House Project
The Passive House serves as an example of the important role that municipalities can play in introducing new ways of building and new technologies that highlight energy conservation. As the Energetic City, Fort St. John recognizes that an excellent source of energy is conservation. As an experiment on what can be accomplished in energy conservation – even in the north - the City embarked on a project to prove that homes here can be built to a high level of energy efficiency. The house is certified both passive and LEED. It is used to educate citizens about energy conservation. Learn more about the project.
Micro Hydro Project
The micro-hydro generating station utilizes the energy available in the gravity discharge of the sewer effluent from one of our treatment facilities. (In plain language, it is our sewer water after it has been cleaned and treated. It flows downhill to the Peace River.) Anytime you have a liquid flowing downhill there is an opportunity to put a turbine on it – so we did. And we added a meter too. Then we worked with BC Hydro to change their net metering limit from 50kw to 100kw to recognize the energy we produce.
The generator will create 100 KW which equates to approximately 780 MWh annually. This is enough power to supply approximately 70 homes, and will generate about $75,000 - $80,000 per year of revenue for the city.
The Micro Hydro project received an award of Merit at the Association of Consulting Engineering 2016 awards ceremony for engineering excellence and the 2016 UBCM Community Excellence Award of Merit.