Northwest Community College undergoes $1.5 million boiler replacement project
March 19, 2015
TERRACE, BC – Northwest Community College (NWCC) is undergoing a $1.5 million boiler replacement project that will increase the efficiency of heat distribution on the Terrace campus, save on future costs and reduce emissions.
The project is funded through routine capital funding for 2014/15 from the Ministry of Advanced Education. The two, new, 5 million BTU condensing boilers will improve the existing heat distribution system’s efficiency from 80 per cent to 98 per cent. The energy savings are anticipated at $40,000 per year with a reduction of more than 200 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
“We are really grateful to the Province for providing this funding,” says NWCC Director of Facilities and Ancillary Services, Kerry Clarke. “The current boilers are 48-years-old and have required a lot of maintenance over the years. This investment in our infrastructure contributes to the long term viability of our campus.”
The existing boilers provide radiant heat and domestic hot water across the campus and there is a large energy loss when transmitting domestic hot water across the campus from the boiler house. The new system is more efficient and dynamic.
“This investment of $1.5 million for boiler replacement at Northwest Community College will improve efficiency and offer significant energy savings,” says Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson. “Capital funding helps students by improving health and safety at post-secondary institutions, reducing operating costs, increasing access to education, helping create jobs and building sustainable infrastructure.”
The boilers have arrived at the Terrace campus and the installation is underway with substantial completion expected by the end of March.
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