New lodge and hotel minimize environmental impact and increase safety with renewable heating and cooling
CANMORE, ALTA. – Spring Creek in Canmore is doing its part in the battle against greenhouse gas emissions by implementing a new geothermal heating and cooling system in its Creekstone Mountain Lodge, and the Malcolm Hotel and Conference Centre.
The introduction of these geothermal systems in the two new projects will add to the estimated 450 tons already eliminated in the current Spring Creek lodges using geothermal heating and cooling bringing the total to 600 tons annually.
John Managh, Hell Bent Geothermal, the company in charge of the geothermal installation at Spring Creek says that estimates showing the elimination of approximately 600 tons of greenhouse gases annually are accurate with the implementation of the geothermal systems at Spring Creek.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems work by using heat pumps to move heat to and from the earth by circulating fluid through a ground loop. The reservoir of stored and available heat energy is created from the thermal energy from the sun acting on the earth. Typically, for every unit of energy used by a ground source heat pump, a well-designed geothermal system can provide three to four units of heat energy to the building.
“We want Spring Creek to be a part of the solution. If it starts with this, every little bit of reduction to pollution helps,” says Frank Kernick, president, Spring Creek. “Especially in a place as beautiful as Canmore.”
The decision to add geothermal heating and cooling was made before the newly introduced Alberta NDP Carbon Tax, but Spring Creek homeowners will save approximately $4,000 in carbon taxation in 2017 for these next two buildings, while eliminating 150 tons of greenhouse gases.
The capital costs of geothermal are higher than natural gas heating, which Spring Creek hopes the NDP will help to reduce in the future using a grant program similar to the most recent put forth for solar power.
“Because of the strong aquifer in Canmore, ground source cooling for air conditioning will be much cheaper to run as the temperatures of ground water can be used to cool the building. No other energy needs to be used in this case making it good, green energy,” says Terry Burch, vice president, construction, Spring Creek.
Geothermal systems have none of the risks associated with carbon monoxide and open flame. This is because geothermal systems do not burn fossil fuels and instead use the natural heating of the earth in order to allow for a sustainable source for heating and cooling. (Source: Geotility)
Located in the heart of Canmore, Spring Creek is currently building a $37 million hotel and conference centre that will feature the geothermal cooling system. The hotel is named in honour of King Malcolm III and inspired by Canmore’s unique Scottish Heritage.
Creekstone Mountain Lodge is also located in the heart of Canmore and features southwest exposure and unobstructed views of Mount Lawrence Grassi. The four-storey Lodge consists of 56 units. One, two and three bedroom plans measure from 730 to more than 1,800 square feet and are priced starting between $459,000 and $1,029,000.
Buyers interested in more information on Creekstone Mountain Lodge may call 403-678-6066, email email@example.com or visit www.springcreekrealestate.ca.
About Spring Creek
Spring Creek is a mountain neighbourhood comprised of homes for locals and vacationers of all ages, located within walking distance of downtown Canmore in the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by mountain views, vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness and clear, glacier-fed rivers and streams, opportunities for outdoor adventure include world-class skiing, golf and fishing to hiking, biking and mountaineering.
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