The District Energy System services the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood.
The District Energy System extracts heat energy from treated wastewater at the Waste Water Treatment Plant to provide space and domestic hot water heating to the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood.
The District Energy System was constructed for Cheakamus Crossing when the neighbourhood was built for the 2010 Winter Games as the Whistler Athlete’s Village. Ninety per cent of the homes in the neighbourhood are restricted to the Whistler workforce through the Whistler Housing Authority. There are just over 500 dwelling units occupied and connected to the District Energy System. The Resort Municipality of Whistler operates and maintains the District Energy System plant located at the Whistler Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as piping in public areas.
An energy study conducted on the efficiency of the District Energy System concluded it reduced greenhouse gases for the neighbourhood by 95 per cent as opposed to individual homes heated by natural gas. This is the equivalent to taking 350 gasoline-powered passenger cars off the road for a year or avoiding five tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions for a typical townhouse dwelling of 136 square metres.
Update from November 1, 2018
As directed by Council, RMOW staff have met with the strata presidents and the associated property management companies for the five strata corporations that represent the homes constructed by the Whistler2020 Development Corporation.
The strata presidents and property managers are now in the process of developing guidelines for how the funds will be utilized by each strata, and the RMOW has provided them with a Release and Indemnity Agreement that each owner will need to sign. For more information on this initiative please contact your strata president.
Update from September 19, 2018
During a closed meeting, Council discussed the District Energy System-connected home heating systems associated with the Whistler Development Corporation-constructed homes in Cheakamus Crossing.
Further to steps already taken to provide these property owners with ongoing information, maintenance support and options, Council recognizes that some residents are still having issues with their in-home systems and are seeking further information, guidance and assistance.
Council resolved the following on September 18, 2018.
- That Council transfer $870,000 to Whistler2020 Development Corporation (“WDC”) for funding of repairs and maintenance of the home heating systems in the 174 homes constructed by WDC.
- That Council require that these funds be distributed to the five strata corporations in proportion to number of units in each strata as follows: The Heights $135,000; The Rise $300,000; Riverbend $100,000; The Terrace $135,000; Whitewater $200,000.
- That Council require the strata corporations of the five WDC constructed strata properties to develop guidelines, in collaboration with property management companies and RMOW staff, that will determine how the funds can be accessed. To receive the funds, each strata corporation will need to bring forward fund administration guidelines as well as a release from each homeowner in their strata that indemnifies the WDC and the RMOW from future liability with respect to the home heating systems.
- That Council require the guidelines for funding to include, among other things, how the funds will be prioritized, a maximum amount per property, annual reporting on expenditures, and assurances that work will be carried out by qualified professionals.
Details of the program will be communicated to homeowners through their quarterly DES billing package in Fall 2018 and posted on the Cheakamus Crossing and RMOW websites.
Council supports amended District Energy System recommendations
Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Council has supported and amended recommendations for the Cheakamus Crossing District Energy System (DES) following a comprehensive report and presentation by the Whistler 2020 Development Corporation (WDC) and senior RMOW staff.
The amended resolutions supported by Council were to:
- Direct WDC to extend Phase 2 of the DES Upgrade and Maintenance Program to a final end date of May 1, 2018;
- Request WDC to facilitate a discussion of bulk pricing for annual maintenance of the home heating systems in the 174 townhomes constructed by WDC; and
- Direct staff to create a process that would conditionally allow owners of the 174 townhomes constructed by WDC the option to disconnect from the DES, if they are still dissatisfied with the operation of their home heating systems.
Find out more about disconnection inquiries.
Download the Forensic Audit Report
The Forensic Audit Report was provided by WDC and the Cheakamus Crossing Volunteer Committee.
- Cheakamus Crossing Heating System Investigation - Report
- Cheakamus Crossing Heating System Investigation - Draft Report with Questions and Answers
Guides for Homeowners
- Homeowner Quick Reference Guide – A quick reference guide to help residents experiencing technical difficulties.
- Technical Service Guide – A detailed handbook identifying components in the residential DES system with a recommended routine maintenance schedule for this equipment.
Energy Efficiency Study
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has conducted a study to look at energy efficiency in the District Energy System. We selected six volunteer homes and collected data for a six month period (from January 1 to June 30, 2016).
This study replaces a cancelled BC Hydro study intended to examine district energy systems across various BC jurisdictions. The purpose of the study was to determine how these systems perform relative to an electric boiler system and to standard electric baseboards.
The study involved the installation of monitoring equipment on the heating systems in six Cheakamus Crossing townhomes to collect information on how energy is consumed for space heating and domestic hot water. Results were reported back to Council on January 24, 2017.
Home Information Packages
Whistler Development Corporation (WDC) retained the services of Conasys Home Information Systems to provide homeowners in Cheakamus Crossing with unit-specific guides.
Access the customized home owner information package at homeinformationpackages.com.
Fees and Charges
The RMOW collects annual user fees for the District Energy System on a quarterly basis. Residents of the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood can expect to receive their bills shortly after the end of each quarter on April 1, July 1, September 1 and December 31.
User fees are collected in accordance with the Cheakamus Crossing District Energy System Fee Bylaw.
- 2016-09-22 DES Update Letter
- District Energy System Frequently Asked Questions
- District Energy System Power Point Presentation
- Cheakamus Crossing website