It’s a simple concept that makes Cochrane’s new aquatic and curling/multi-sport centre both innovative and efficient.
Crews installed Canada’s first thermal energy plant in a box (TIAB) by Thermenex at the Cochrane facility this week, marking a major milestone in the $45 million project.
Heating and cooling both take tremendous amounts of energy — in a facility where water needs to be both heated and frozen, thermal energy exchange can be used instead of traditional heating and cooling equipment to make the new facility more sustainable and less expensive to run. Other facilities have thermal exchange units, but Cochrane’s TIAB is Canada’s first prefabricated thermal energy plant in an self-contained, insulated structure installed directly on the roof.
Staircase in the new lobby: