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Historic Kerrisdale Community Centre gets $2.3M boost for energy-efficient HVAC upgrade

July 10, 2024  By  Anthony Capkun

July 10, 2024 – The Kerrisdale Community Centre (Vancouver, B.C.) is on its way to becoming more energy efficient, thanks to over $2.3 million in funding through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.

“As one of Vancouver’s first community centres, Kerrisdale has been a beloved hub for over 80 years […]” said Ken Sim, Mayor. “Thanks to the support of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Canada, we’re forging a more sustainable and cost-effective future for this facility, ensuring it remains open and accessible for generations to come.”

The facility is jointly operated by Kerrisdale Community Centre Society (KCCS) and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

The first wing of the KCC opened in 1955 and, with the help of federal government grants and local fundraising, the Seniors’ Centre followed in 1986. Following a major fundraising campaign, substantial renovations to the older parts of the facility were completed in 1999 and 2002.

The current project will replace the current aging HVAC systems throughout the facility with low-carbon alternatives. This includes integrating heating and cooling systems and heat recovery measures across the aquatic centre, recreational spaces, and the youth and seniors’ centres.

These improvements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 48.3%, and GHG emissions by 281 tonnes annually.

The GICB program is contributing $2,382,800 to the project, and the City of Vancouver is contributing $595,700.

The federal Budget 2024 announced an additional $500 million to support more projects through GICB until 2029. Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Canada (HICC, formerly Infrastructure Canada) is reviewing next steps for the GICB program.

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