District Energy System
Development of the innovative, award-winning Cheakamus Crossing District Energy System (DES ) was led by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Environmental Services Department and the Whistler 2020 Development Corporation, responsible for the construction of the Whistler Athletes' Village (now the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood).
The DES extracts low-temperature ambient heat from treated wastewater effluent, making the system flexible enough to provide both heating and cooling for the existing and future phases of the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood. The DES, which is supplemented by natural gas boilers, when needed, provides approximately 95 per cent of the space and water heating required for the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood.
The DES is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95 per cent or approximately 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, when compared to conventional technologies This is the equivalent to taking 350 gasoline-powered passenger cars off the road for a year or avoiding 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions for a typical townhouse dwelling of 136 m2.
The DES helped Whistler win the 2009 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) Environmental Award, the 2008 Community Energy Association's Energy Action Award for Community Planning, the Award of Excellence for Special Projects from the Association of Canadian Consulting Engineers, 2009 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, as well as a VANOC Sustainability Star.
For more information:
District Energy System Frequently Asked Questions
District Energy System Fees and Charges
District Energy System Contacts - Qualified service providers
Download a District Energy System Power Point Presentation
Link to WDC building portal:
Whistler Development Corporation (WDC) has retained the services of Conasys Home Information Systems to provide each homeowner in the Cheakamus Crossing neighborhood with a unit-specific guide.
Home information packages provide contact information for qualified service providers and answer questions such as:
- How does my heat pump operate?
- How do I operate my thermostat?
- When does the warranty expire on my heat exchanger?
Access your customized home owner information package 24 hours per day by visiting the Conasys website: www.homeinformationpackages.com. Login with your user ID and password.