As the largest consumer of purchased energy in Maple Ridge, highest emitter of greenhouse gases and most popular public building, the Leisure Centre provided a logical choice for a high-profile energy efficiency project. The Leisure Centre is an 80,000-square-foot facility that serves many recreation needs in the community. The facility includes an aquatics centre with wading, lap, leisure and teach pools, hot tub, gymnasium, fitness areas and the Greg Moore Youth Centre.
This high-use facility serves two communities and has over 360,000 visits per year from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents. A combination of non-functioning and "end of useful life" mechanical equipment at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre presented an opportunity to minimize the facility's operational costs, but also to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Efficiency Improvements:
The dehumidification reclaim system provides most of the heat needed to heat the lap, leisure and teach pools. It also provides heat to preheat the domestic hot water system in conjunction to the solar hot water collection system.
Static reclaim, as part of the dehumidification system, will almost eliminate the need for reheat, which was previously supplied by the heating coil in the main supply air handler.
Solar hot water collection system includes 24 solar panels to provide preheating for the domestic hot water and the backup for the dehumidification reclaim system for the lap, leisure and teach pools.
Exhaust air reclaim system extracts heat from the air exhausted from the natatorium and uses it to heat the incoming ventilation and dilution air.
Filter and pump room air conditioning unit extracts heat from the hot / humid pump and filter room and transfers that heat to warm the wade pool.
The Energy Efficiency Improvements at the Leisure Centre won a Community Energy Association - Energy and Climate Action Award in the Corporate Operations Category.