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Demonstrating a Scalable, Low-carbon Deep Retrofit for High-Rise

Strategic Area

Energy Efficient Buildings and Communities




Green Infrastructure



GI Contribution

$ 217,500

Project Total

$ 435,000


Burnaby, B.C.

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QuadReal Property Group

Lead Proponent

QuadReal Property Group

Project Objectives

The objective of this project is to conduct a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Study of a deep energy retrofit of a two-tower, 215,000 square foot multi-unit high-rise residential building located in Burnaby, British Columbia. The project anticipates achieving a minimum 50% reduction in energy use intensity through the integration of multiple technologies that are innovative for the high-rise multi-unit residential market and have a high potential for replicability at other properties. Additionally, the project is targeting an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by significantly reducing the on-site combustion of fossil fuels using in-suite air-source heat pumps, which also will enhance thermal comfort and control for residents.

Expected Results

Investing in deep retrofits is critical to job creation and Canada’s economy. Studies have shown energy retrofit programs provide widespread economic benefits to Canadians.

The knowledge developed through this project will build market confidence in low-carbon, deep retrofits enabling QuadReal and other owners and managers of Multi-unit Residential Building (MURB) assets to scale-up action and achieve significant carbon emissions reductions.

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