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15 Sep, 2008 What a DES Can Do

District energy systems have the potential to reduce the size of heating and cooling infrastructure, reduce emissions, and even reduce costs.

15 Sep, 2008 District Energy Infrastructure – A Hot Topic

District energy systems (DES) centralize the production of heating or cooling for a neighbourhood or community. District steam heating plants in North America go back over a century; now, district systems are one of the potential solutions to our energy and emissions challenges.

11 Sep, 2008 Civic Building Retrofit
11 Sep, 2008 Managing Energy Efficiency

Gibsons is improving energy efficiency by upgrading the Municipal Hall, swimming pool and school board offices with BC Hydro PowerSmart Solutions.</body></html>

11 Sep, 2008 Investing in Performance

The District of Saanich undertook comprehensive retrofits to its civic facilities to minimize the long term energy costs and reduce the GHG emissions generated by the District.</body></html>

11 Sep, 2008 Water Conservation
11 Sep, 2008 Elements of Water Conservation Programs

The most appropriate water conservation strategies and actions will vary between communities depending on local conditions and opportunities.

11 Sep, 2008 Effective Water Management

Effective water management reduces energy needed for treating water, moving water and wastewater around. It can also reduce the size and cost of infrastructure systems and their associated emissions.

10 Sep, 2008 Community Energy and Emissions Inventory Initiative
05 Sep, 2008 C08_Land Use - Why

This figure outlines several factors in urban form and how they impact travel modes that people choose. / Frank, Kavage and Litman for Smart Growth BC, 2006

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Neighborhood Centre Plan View / HB Lanarc, 2008

04 Sep, 2008 North Vancouver Teaser Image
04 Sep, 2008 Development Permit Area Guidelines


04 Sep, 2008 Taking Advantage of a Versatile Policy Tool

There are some key implementation considerations in applying DPAs to address climate change priorities. A DPA is a versatile design tool that can be applied to land use,

04 Sep, 2008 Smart Site and Building Design

DP guidelines are an opportunity to strongly encourage energy efficiency in new development by mindfully designing landscaping and buildings to allow light to penetrate living spaces in winter, and protect spaces from hot sunlight in the summer. / picture courtesy District of Saanich.


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