Environmental sustainability is a focus of our 2015-GVHS-Ten-Year-Plan
We strive for best practices in energy conservation.
We work with experts to access programs that increase energy efficiency in our building.
We provide healthy, efficient living environments to ensure tenant quality of life.
We engage and educate our tenants to encourage pro-environmental behaviors.
We use durable materials to reduce garbage.
We recycle where appropriate.
We consider the costs/benefits of all environmental products, installations and services in our operations.
We seek to continuously improve our environmental, economic and social performance.
BC Hydro/BC Housing Lighting Upgrades
During the last year we have completed 6 lighting upgrade projects using BC Hydro Power Smart Partner Express and BC Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program funding. Rebates for parts and installation of new, energy efficient lighting products totaled $40,641.10. Our expected annual energy savings is 76,015 kwh! Going forward, these projects will generate an expected annual cost savings of $9,556. An additional 6 lighting projects are underway. We’d like to recognize BCNPHA as well as our vendors Albrite Lighting and Wespar Electric for helping us take advantage of these opportunities.
ECAP – Energy Conservation Assistance Program
This program is designed to help tenants on low income save on their home electricity bills. We are excited to be offering ECAP at 5 buildings where tenants can receive free home energy assessments as well as new energy efficient products and installation. In addition to this, BC Hydro Power Smart and Fortis BC offer housing providers $10 for every tenant household that chooses to participate in the program. Thank you FortisBC.
Energy and Cost Efficient Laundry Upgrade
In early 2015 we made the decision to purchase and install high tech, energy efficient laundry equipment at 10 buildings. In addition to saving energy, our tenants are benefiting with cost savings and convenience. The new system uses Huebsch commercial front load washers and dryers as well as MiTech laundry cards and value transfer machines. The system enables tenants to load laundry cards onsite using debit or credit cards and allows Greater Victoria Housing Society (GVHS) to collect revenues from transactions in real time. In office our team has access to the “landroworks” online portal where staff can monitor machines and transactions. This capital investment is expected to pay for itself in 5.9 years. We are grateful to our vendor Haddon Laundry for their work and customer service on this project.
Boiler Replacement Project
Following a utility costs and consumption analysis in 2013, we recognized that the boilers in Balmoral Garden Court were rapidly coming to the end of their serviceable life and applied for a Fortis BC Free Energy Assessment. We used the results of this study to approach BC Housing for funding and with their help, as well as help from AME engineering and Mac’s heating completed a full boiler plant redesign and right sizing. We can also utilize a Fortis BC High Efficiency Boiler Rebate Program to save on costs. Taking a “whole building” approach, there are several other projects in the works for this location.
Graphic Office Interiors – Carbon Offset Grant
GVHS recently received a Carbon Offset Grant of $5000 from Graphic Office Interiors which we used for a lighting upgrade at our family and seniors’ building Tillicum Terrace. Lighting levels and safety have been significantly improved while maintenance on old, worn out fixtures has been reduced. We replaced 28 50 watt HPS (high pressure sodium) fixtures with new, energy efficient 2 lamp T8 florescent tubes. Future Annual Energy Savings is estimated at 4,415 kwh. At $0.096 per kwh, estimated future annual cost savings is $423.84. This will reduce our carbon emissions by: 0.13 Tonnes C2e. Without this grant we would not have been able to achieve these savings.
Climate Smart Business
In 2014 we once again received Climate Smart Business Certification!
Check out our latest 2014 Climate Smart Report.