City of Richmond - Watermania Aquatic Facility - Energy Efficiency Projects
Watermania is a large aquatic facility operated by the City of Richmond BC, at 14300 Entertainment Blvd. In 2015, E-Factor completed a Fortis Commercial Custom Design study which identified energy and operational retrofits that would reduce fuel use and optimize the operation of an existing heat recovery chiller used for reclaimed heating use.
This complex site offered many challenges and opportunities for optimizing fuel use and reducing greenhouse gases. As a result of the study and based on further design and operational review, conservation measures were selected including the replacement of one of the large non-condensing units with a condensing boiler and converting the plant from constant to variable water flow to ensure operation at best efficiency. The new boiler, Vitocrossal CA-3 3500 MBH, was recently introduced by Viessmann Mfg in 2016.
To further reduce fuel use, the Heat Recovery chiller plant is being optimized through increased use for pool heating. A new heat exchanger will also be implemented to heat the large Wave Pool with reclaimed heat. The anticipated energy savings are 6,000 GJ/yr after completion of all measures.