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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 building components (M&E) are currently in the process of a complete upgrade.  The CO2 refrigeration system, high efficiency boilers, domestic hot water tanks and air handling units are part of the 4.6 million Energy Efficiency Upgrade 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 no-net greenhouse effect.  The switch out from an ammonia-based refrigeration system to a CO2 will make 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 near completion (95%). Controls and commissioning in progress.
  • Ice surface for Arena #2 opened Saturday, September 21, 2019.
  • Arena 2 and Rod Brind’Amour arena operating with the new CO2 refrigeration plant.
  • Hand over of new equipment to Strathcona Regional District anticipated for end of October 2019.

Energy Recovery Loop:

  • High efficiency boilers, domestic hot water tanks and other equipment installed.  Commissioning and inspections in progress.
  • Completion of Stage 1 of the Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project scheduled for Mid October 2019.
  • Hot water issue in change rooms (showers) being resolved. Work to remediate completed October 7th.

Next Steps

  • Closeout and handover to SRD of all new equipment.
  • Design of Energy Efficiency Upgrade components stage 2 – Air Handling units and controls

Project Completion

  • All stages of the project are scheduled to be completed in fall 2020.

Project Communications


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


Arena 2 ice surface operational

Leisure Pad open operational

High efficiency boilers testing and commissioning in progress

Rod Brind’Amour arena operating with new CO2 plant


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