The Brew Creek Centre is located in one of the most pristinely beautiful areas in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. This area is a treasure and a habitat we strive to maintain by taking responsible steps in minimizing our ecological footprint. It is important to us that our services and principles are aligned, from our day-to-day simple practices to how our centre operates as a whole. Below, you will see some examples of our leading technologies for energy conservation and pollution reduction.
AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP FOR SPACE HEATING AND COOLING
Our heat pumps triple the amount of heat produced per unit of electrical energy consumed compared to conventional baseboard heating. This technology extracts heat from the outside air and delivers it to heat the interior of buildings. These heat pump systems operate in reverse cycle providing space cooling in the summer months.
NETWORK CONTROL SYSTEM
This sophisticated technology allows our team to work remotely. As well, we can turn on heat and hot water in time for guests’ arrival and off at time of departure. Our climate control system ensures that our guests will have a comfortable abode for precisely the duration of their stay. This system eliminates wasting energy when it is not needed.
We also operate an Urban Cultivator to grow herbs and salad greens in a controlled environment without the use of herbicides. The Urban Cultivator has up to sixteen trays which can be used to produce greens at varying rates on a continuous basis. Additional information regarding the Urban Cultivator can be found at www.urbancultivator.net.
HEAT RECOVERY VENTILATION SYSTEM
These systems, which are installed in our newer buildings, provide for a fresh air exchange with minimal heat loss compared to opening windows. These buildings are continuously ventilated where the heat in the stale air is extracted, as it is exhausted and simultaneously injected into the cold air that is being drawn in. This creates a flow of fresh air, while keeping the heat inside.
SOLAR ASSISTED HOT WATER
The Main Lodge is equipped with a solar-assisted domestic hot water system. On an annual basis, the sun provides the energy to heat approximately 65% of the hot water used in the lodge. This represents a saving of 8400 kWh of electricity, and a reduction of 3000 kg. per year of CO2 emissions.
TRIPLE PANE GLASS WINDOWS
These windows are installed in The Learning Centre. The triple pane glass offers 3x the insulation value of traditional double pane windows, thereby minimizing heating requirements and levels of consumption.
ON-SITE VEGETABLE PRODUCTION
20% of North America’s energy consumption comes from food transportation. By growing our own vegetables, we aim to use our natural resources. We have a geodesic growing dome greenhouse to develop the capability to grow vegetables year round for our kitchen while reducing packaging and transportation.
ON-SITE INDUSTRIAL COMPOSTING SYSTEM
We have an on-site compost system as food waste is very useful. Natural compost is used to feed our plants instead of conventional fertilizers. Compost is abundant in macro and micronutrients, helps soil retain water, balances pH levels and encourages healthy root systems.
PEAT-BASED SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEM
Our Peat-based system is an ideal environment for supporting an aerobic microbiological community that performs biological treatment of the sewage. Within several weeks of use, the peat filter is colonized by a range of microorganisms and invertebrates from the septic tank effluent and the surrounding soil.
Instead of traditional incandescent lighting, we use high-efficiency LED lights. LED lighting consumes less than 20% of the energy of incandescent lighting. As well the life expectancy of an LED bulb is twenty times that of an incandescent light, which minimizes replacement and waste.
Steel is one of the most recycled building materials in the world, which is a key to sustainability. All of our metal roofs are made of 25% recycled material with a 100-year life span. Once the roofs are at the end of their life cycle, 100% of them can be recycled. Whereas, the average conventional roof lasts 20-25 years and end up in the landfill.
SOY-BASED FOAM INSULATION
All of our new buildings have been insulated with soy-based foam insulation. It contains no formaldehyde or urea and will not give off-gas. It is made partly from soy beans, which is a renewable resource and reduces dependence on foreign oil. As well, it resists moisture and provides 2-3x the insulation value of traditional fiberglass.