Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility

New Vancouver community to develop district energy system

On the post-industrial waterfront lands of Southeast False Creek, a new sustainable community is under development.

In its first phase, the 1.5 million square foot project will be used to house athletes during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and then open as Vancouver’s newest neighbourhood. It will eventually include more than six million square feet of new development.

All buildings will be provided with space heat and domestic hot water through the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU), a district energy system to be owned and operated by the City of Vancouver.

The NEU will recover waste heat from municipal sewage, the first application of this technology in North America. Through its high efficiencies and use of sewage heat to supply approximately 70% of energy demand, the NEU will produce 50% less greenhouse gas emissions than a plant using conventional energy sources.

BC Hydro's role

BC Hydro has contributed funding towards advancing the development of the district energy system as well for energy-efficient building features through the Power Smart New Construction Program.