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FortisBC Efficiency in Action Awards

The FortisBC Efficiency in Action Awards recognize and celebrate BC businesses, organizations and builders for exceptional achievements in saving energy. In 2017, we awarded 11 recipients who have shown innovation in using or building with natural gas to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and help meet climate action goals.  

2017 awards luncheon

Read about the 2017 Efficiency in Action Awards luncheon held May 4 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.

Meet the 2017 winners

​Single family project – Kingcraft Construction Ltd.

Kingcraft Construction chose innovative natural gas solutions for its newest development in Chilliwack, The Cliffs. The homes feature EnerChoice® natural gas fireplaces and a high-efficiency natural gas heating system that combines a tankless water heater with an air handler and heating vents. Kingcraft received rebates for fireplaces and tankless water heaters and was the lead home in the 2017 Fraser Valley Parade of Homes. Homeowners will enjoy the cosy warmth and savings on their energy bills.

​Multi-family project – McCallum Developments

When developing the Townhomes at Triple Crown, McCallum Developments set itself apart by choosing high-efficiency natural gas furnaces instead of the baseboard heaters often found in multi-family projects. Choosing condensing tankless water heaters qualified them for rebates from FortisBC, as well as providing comfort and cost savings for homeowners. The convenience of natural gas cooktops and barbecue connections complete the attractive package.

​Single family builder – Trio Projects Ltd.

Trio Projects designs and builds homes with features buyers ask for, including the comfort, convenience and cost savings of natural gas. Its newest project, Tilba Terrace in Parksville, includes 13 single family homes with high-efficiency furnaces, tankless water heaters and EnerChoice fireplaces, plus piping for natural gas ranges and barbecues – all qualifying them for rebates through our New Home Program.

​Small commercial project – Ankenman Marchand Architects (AMA)

When designing Newport at West Beach, a commercial/residential development on White Rock’s waterfront, Daniel Martins of AMA focused on innovative solutions for the project’s energy needs. For example, as plans changed from a centralized hot water system to installing tankless water heaters in the 60 residential suites, the utility corridors and underground parking had to be re-designed to include individual meters. Having individual metering helps homeowners control their energy costs as they enjoy EnerChoice natural gas fireplaces, dryers, ranges and barbecues.

​Large commercial project – University of British Columbia

As British Columbia’s largest university, UBC has also established itself as a leader in energy efficiency. At its Vancouver campus, UBC has taken advantage of many opportunities to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through upgrading boilers and implementing large-scale heat recovery projects. Combined, these measures have saved thousands of gigajoules of natural gas and qualified the university for about $55,950 in incentive funds in 2016.

​Industrial project – Saputo Dairy Products Canada, G.P.

Saputo is the largest cheese manufacturer and the leading fluid milk and cream processor in Canada. After an energy audit showed that replacing a steam boiler at one of its BC facilities could save a significant amount of natural gas, Saputo completed the upgrade with funding from our Industrial Optimization Program. In the first year, the new boiler saved more than 62,000 gigajoules of natural gas – double the projected savings. Better yet, Saputo was able to increase production without increasing natural gas consumption.

​Foodservice – A&W Foods Services of Canada, Inc.

A&W is known for its iconic root beer and burgers, but customers may not know that an important ingredient at this fast-food chain is energy efficiency. The company’s head office encourages its franchisees to choose energy-efficient equipment, and we’ve helped several BC franchisees purchase ENERGY STAR® natural gas fryers and griddles through our rebates for commercial cooking equipment, resulting in saving energy and operating costs.

​Public sector, municipal – City of New Westminster

The City of New Westminster understands the importance of rental housing to the community and has supported our Rental Apartment Efficiency Program in a big way. With its help promoting the program to building owners, 28 apartment buildings in the city have participated and received energy assessments and water-efficient showerheads and faucets in suites. In the past year, collective savings are estimated at 10 million litres of water and more than 9,000 gigajoules of natural gas.  

​Public sector, provincial – Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health went beyond patient/client care when it built energy efficiency and sustainability into its network of hospitals, care homes and community health centres. It has received more than $250,000 in incentives through our Custom Design for New Construction program, natural gas boilers and foodservice equipment incentives. As a result, Vancouver Coastal Health has reduced its operating expenses and increased energy efficiencies.

Public sector, provincial – BC Housing

As the largest developer and operator of social housing in the province, BC Housing is committed to building and running efficient buildings – ensuring lower operating budgets and rents for those who need it most. Participating in our various incentive programs helps make this happen. It has received more than $99,000 in rebates from our residential furnace, hot water and Switch & Shrink programs.

​Public sector, federal – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

One mandate of Fisheries and Oceans Canada includes responsibility for conservation and the sustainable use of Canada’s fisheries resources. Its approach, to leverage our energy efficiency programs, was among the most innovative within the federal sector. It upgraded boilers at the Institute of Ocean Science and the Canadian Coast Guard Victoria Base, installed tankless natural gas water heaters in a number of other locations and upgraded to high-efficiency furnaces at the West Vancouver laboratory and Sea Island Hovercraft base.



Award recipients and FortisBC representatives at FortisBC’s Efficiency in Action Awards