Cutting-Edge System Will Harness Waste Heat at $750M Vancouver Project

The system at the Telus Garden mixed-use development will cut the property's carbon dioxide emissions by 1 million kilograms annually.

An innovative system will capture and recycle waste heat at the $750 million, 1 million-square-foot Telus Garden mixed-use development in Downtown Vancouver, announced Telus Corp., the Vancouver-based Canadian telecommunications company and co-developer of the project. 

Operated by FortisBC, the regulated utility will cut the property’s carbon dioxide emissions 1 million kilograms annually by capturing and redistributing low-grade heat.

The innovative District Energy System, created in partnership with project developers Telus Corp. and Westbank, is among the first in Vancouver to use waste heat from a neighboring site to heat and cool a new development. The Telus Garden complex will be powered by waste heat from the company’s adjacent data center and the cooling system of the new office tower.

“The TELUS Garden District Energy System represents a shift in how we think about and utilize energy,” said Andrea Goertz, senior vice present strategic initiatives and communications for Vancouver-based Telus, in a news release. “By recovering energy that would normally be lost and putting it to good use, we are innovating through design to create one of the most environmentally-friendly urban communities in North America. It’s a powerful and unique system, and we are so pleased to be undertaking this landmark project with FortisBC, a company that shares our commitment to environmental sustainability and building healthy communities.”

Designed by Henriquez Partners Architects Telus Garden will be adjacent to Sky Train in Downtown Vancouver. The development will feature a 24-story, LEED Platinum office tower; a 53-story, 425-unit residential tower designed to LEED Gold standards; and retail space. Upon completion, Telus Garden will use at least 30 per cent less energy than a standard development of similar size. The office tower is scheduled for occupancy in June 2014; the residential building will follow in May 2015.