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Case study

The Listel Hotel

solar panels

Total GHG Inventory

  • 2006: 961 tonnes CO2e
  • 2010: 782 tonnes CO2e

GHG Reduction Highlights

  • Solar Hot Water
  • Heat Recovery

Projected Reductions

  • 150 tonnes CO2e annually
  • $55,000 natural gas savings annually
  • 5.5 year return

The Listel Hotel has been dubbed “Vancouver’s most art-full hotel” and is committed to art, elegance and comfort. It is also highly committed to reducing its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2008 the hotel installed a solar hot water system and a highly efficient heat recovery system in the 129-room hotel to minimize natural gas used to heat water for showers, laundry, dishwashing, and the like.

The heat recovery system uses waste heat from the cooling system to pre-heat water and as a support for heating the building. Solar panels also pre-heat water and with the two systems in place, natural gas is used only to heat water 10-20 degrees Celsius rather than approximately 60 degrees Celsius without the pre-heating systems.

Together the two systems helped reduce GHG emissions from heating by approximately 150 tonnes CO2e and costs by over 27% annually. With a grant from Natural Resources Canada contributing to the purchase of the solar panels, the payback period on the hotel’s investment is anticipated to be 5.5 years.

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