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Blatchford will be a community that will be home to 30,000 Edmontonians living, working and learning in a sustainable community that uses 100% renewable energy, is carbon neutral, significantly reduces its ecological footprint, and empowers residents to pursue a range of sustainable lifestyle choices.

Blatchford will look to multiple solutions to achieve its high environmental sustainability goals, including using an energy strategy comprised of 3 linked pillars:

  • Conservation - construction of high-performance buildings to reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.

  • Efficiency - after reducing the amount of energy needed, the energy that is still required for heating, cooling and providing hot water to buildings will be delivered through an energy-efficient system called a District Energy Sharing System.

  • Renewables - renewable energy sources, like geoexchange and sewer heat exchange, will tie into the District Energy Sharing System.

District Energy Sharing System

Blatchford’s District Energy Sharing System will produce and supply the energy needed for heating, cooling and hot water to homes and businesses in the community. The system will be built and operated by Blatchford Renewable Energy, a new City owned utility.

District energy works by centralizing energy production in neighbourhood energy centres and circulating it through underground pipes to all the buildings within the community. By sharing and centralizing the energy that homes and businesses need, buildings use significantly less energy than if each building had their own equipment. To make the system even more environmentally-friendly, Blatchford Renewable Energy will also be tying in renewable energy sources, like geoexchange, sewer heat recovery and solar panels, into the system.

By having high-efficiency buildings, utilizing renewable energy sources and sharing energy, Blatchford homes and buildings will produce approximately 75% fewer greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to a typical building in a community in Edmonton!

For More Information

Christian Felske

Title Director, Renewable Energy Systems, Blatchford Renewable Energy



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