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Local Kootenay organizations receive energy savings kudos from FortisBC

Caption: FortisBC is proud to present the winners of the 2023 Efficiency in Action Awards with their award plaques (L to R): Danielle Wensink, FortisBC; Ghazel Ebrahimi, Provincial Health Services Authority; Robert Wruck, Kalesnikoff; Chief Sharleene Gale, Fort Nelson First Nation; Mayor Arnold Daboon, Town of Creston; Berry Bepple and Brett Apolczer, School District No.57; Jaspreet Singh Gulati, BC Care Providers Association & EngAge BC; Scott Stewart, New Chelsea Society; Graeme Scott, QuadReal Property Group; Jennifer Natland, Canada Place; Herman Louie, City of Burnaby; and Joe Mazza, FortisBC

On Thursday, May 11, the Town of Creston and Kalesnikoff Lumber Company were two out of eleven organizations to receive a FortisBC Efficiency in Action Award, an annual event that recognizes the most exceptional energy saving efforts happening across B.C.

The Town of Creston received the Municipal Public Sector award for the design and construction of the new Creston Emergency Services Building. The Town of Creston took advantage of a number of energy efficiency upgrades, including a high-efficiency boiler, gas fired furnace and heat recovery ventilation. The building design incorporated an efficient building envelope, including 12-inch-thick insulated concrete panels to help keep the building warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Kalesnikoff Lumber Company received the Industrial award for energy efficiency upgrades to its lumber mill, including high efficiency conveyor system and compressors, which are expected to achieve energy savings of approximately 1,620,000 kilowatt hours per year.

It’s through partnerships with customers like this that FortisBC is working towards reducing its customers’ greenhouse gas emissions in support of provincial climate action goals.

 For more about the awards, quotes from the winners and additional images, check out 2023 FortisBC Efficiency in Action award winners.