The owners of the Copper Ridge grocery store in Whitehorse were actively looking for a way to significantly reduce the operating costs of their new 12,000 square foot grocery story, and at the same time provide a more comfortable environment for their customers and staff. Geoexchange provided a great solution for them.
The system that was designed by CleanEnergy’s engineers was made up of seven heat pumps, a secondary loop that collects the heat rejected from the compressors on the refrigeration units and freezers, a 40,000 btu boiler and an air handler. The rejected heat is then used to warm the building and provide hot water. The small boiler is used to provide back up heat for those very cold days in the height of winter.
By moving heat from an area where it is not needed to one where it is, CleanEnergy designed a highly efficient system. The building achieved a rating from Natural Resources Canada’s Commercial Building Incentive Program of 31.5 % higher than the Model National Energy Code for Buildings, which itself is 25 % better than the standard building code. And just as important: the store’s owners are very happy with their system, and even more so with the money they are saving each month.