Since the adoption of the its environmental policy in 2009, the Vancouver Aquarium has been working hard at ensuring the preservation of the environment. With plans underway for an expanded facility, slated to be completed by 2014, the Aquarium will be installing a district energy loop and enlarging its salt water heat exchange loop to reduce its environmental impact.
The development of the district energy loop will enable the Aquarium to heat and cool the building and animal exhibits using less energy. The loop, composed of piping filled with re-circulating water, will transfer the heat released when we cool our animal exhibits, and distribute it to areas in the Aquarium that require warmer temperatures, such as the Amazon exhibit. This process also works in reverse to cool areas in the Aquarium that need to be cooled.
Additional energy savings will take place by installing another salt water heat exchange loop. This loop will allow the Aquarium to borrow saltwater from the Burrard Inlet to cool its building and fill the animal exhibits. This will reduce the Aquarium’s dependency on hydro power and reduce its electrical consumption.
The Aquarium is always looking for effective and energy-saving technological innovations that will help us continue to meet our sustainability goals. These two developments represent one way in which the Aquarium will reduce its environmental impact during its expansion.