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Burnaby dives into saving energy

​Bonsor Recreation Complex is one of Burnaby’s busiest recreation centres, serving the fast-developing Metrotown neighbourhood. On any given day, it’s packed with people using the swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room and fitness studio.

However, Bonsor is an aging facility and needed renovations both to keep up with community demand and to maintain the building. When Richard Ching, energy coordinator at the City of Burnaby, found out about our Efficient Boiler Program, he saw an opportunity to upgrade Bonsor’s old “workhorse” boilers to high-efficiency.

Ching looks after energy conservation projects for public facilities in Burnaby, from swimming pools and ice rinks to libraries and city hall. Replacing the old boilers at Bonsor with a new Cleaver-Brooks condensing boiler earned Burnaby the maximum Efficient Boiler Program rebate. Recently, they also installed a solar hot water system on Bonsor’s roof, which heats water for the swimming pool and domestic uses, as well as supplementing the boiler.

The rebate and ongoing energy savings mean more money that can go back into improving Bonsor for the future. And that’s a benefit the community can get excited about.