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Heating & Cooling examples from Manitoba

Did you know that many new Credit Union buildings in Manitoba are heated and cooled geothermally?

Sometimes the things that work the best are the ones we notice least.


Willow Ridge Place, Winkler, Manitoba

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Manitoba has one of the highest rates of geothermal installation in the world.

The Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance is one of the leading geothermal stakeholder organizations in Canada. It has more than 60 member businesses.

New significant geothermal installations include the Steinbach Credit Union’s new Lagimodiere branch. At 42,000 sq. ft, it is one of the largest credit unions in all of Canada. Its geotheramal heating and cooling system is part of SCU’s commitment to integrated sustainable design.


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Providence University College & Seminary, Otterburne, Manitoba

Providence—a small university college & seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba—installed a new distributed biomass heating system in 2011. The 1.25 MW system, built and installed by Blue Flame, will replace more than 60% of the natural gas used by Providence.

One of a number of green initiatives undertaken by Providence, the addition of this new system helps make Providence one of the leading green energy campuses in Canada.


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Natural Gas Optimization Program

  • increasing efficiencyManitoba Hydro offers technical and financial support to industrial and large commercial organizations dedicated to the identification and implementation of energy efficient options for natural gas-operated systems through the Natural Gas Optimization Program. Supply (equipment and controls) and demand-side (distribution and end-use) efficiencies such as heat recovery are determined for such technologies as steam and hot water boiler systems and ventilation systems, amongst others , with recent incentives for steam traps in boiler-operated systems.

Straw Bale Construction

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Straw bale construction not only increases efficiencies in heating associated with insulation improvements but also utilizes waste products such as straw from wheat, oat, barley, rye or rice. The straw bale research building at the University of Manitoba built in 2004 under the direction of Professor Kris Dick is constructed from approximately 400 to 500 bales and is currently being used both as a research facility by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, while also serving as an example of alternative building materials and design.

Rigid Foam Concrete Form Construction

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Biomass stoker room at Providence, in Otterburne, Manitoba.

Biomass Heating

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Providence University College & Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba, working with a broad group of stakeholders and partners, it installed a district-heating biomass system in2011.

This system, manufactured by Blue Flame, will generate heat for most of the buildings on campus. It will replace roughly 60% of the natural gas Providence uses now.

This project, which follows Providence’s installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system for its Reimer Student Life Centre in 2009, makes it one of the leading green campuses in Canada.


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An example of bioenergy applications in Manitoba using renewable fuel generated from wood waste is found in the use of pyrolysis oil generated from Ensyn Technologies, a producer of renewable fuels and chemicals, in Renfrew, Ontario to operate the boiler at lumber manufacturer, Tolko Industries in the Pas, Manitoba under the Manitoba Hydro Bioenergy Optimization program.

There’s room for lots more examples, so send yours in.

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  1. Ed

    The payback for installing a geothermal depends on your situation. If you’re replacing a perfectly good furnace and air conditioner that has another 10-12 years of life, it’s difficult to make it pay. If your options in a new home are electric heat, oil or propane, versus geothermal, the payback should be very quick…under 4-6 years. If you have gas available, the payback is longer…probably about 8-12 years at current gas rates. A lot also depends on how well the system is designed and what type of ground heat exchanger you need for your home / building site.

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