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Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Funded through the Federal Gas Tax Fund

Energy Efficiency Upgrade is Underway at Strathcona Gardens

Two ice surfaces and mechanical & electrical building components are currently in the process of a complete upgrade. The new CO2 refrigeration plants, high efficiency boilers, domestic hot water tanks , air handling units and associated electrical work are part of the 4.6 million Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project (EEUP) funded through the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

With today’s concern for the environment, energy efficiency and safety, CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) is now recognized as a much superior option over other synthetic refrigerants for these purposes. CO2 is a natural, non-toxic, non-flammable with low global warming potential and zero ozone deplete potential. The switch out from an ammonia-based refrigeration system to a CO2 made the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex the first facility in the province to make this conversion.



Current Status

Refrigeration Plant:

• Installations of the new CO2 refrigeration plants for Rod Brind’Amour arena and arena #2 are completed.

Energy Recovery Loop:

• Mechanical and electrical installation of high efficiency boilers and domestic hot water tanks completed.
• Procurement of air handling units and controls completed.

Next Steps

• C02 plants handover to Strathcona Regional District: December 2019
• Construction to supply and install air handling units and controls: Fall 2020
• Design, procurement and construction Phase 4 building components.

Project Completion

  • All four stages of the project are scheduled to be completed in fall 2021.

Project Communications


For questions or more information on the energy efficiency upgrade,
Please contact SRD’s Project Manager at 250-830-6700 or


High Efficiency Boilers

CO2 Package

Cooling Towers



The Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project Made Possible By