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Green Buildings

We are working to build energy efficient buildings, and continue to innovate and implement conservation projects in store.
Our new locations in Courtenay and Maple Ridge, as well as our newest warehouse and distribution centre at the Victoria Airport Authority site, are all built with energy conservation in mind. In 2012 we also renovated three existing stores - Thrifty Foods Mill Bay, Central Saanich, and Admirals Walk - on Vancouver Island to increase their energy efficiency.

Since Earth Day 2011 we have implemented 150 energy conservation projects designed to save the equivalent of over 19,000,000 kilowatt hours per year, the same energy required to power over 1,700 BC homes. For example, we have installed additional refrigeration heat reclaim systems, retrofitted lighting and building mechanical systems, and replaced refrigerated cases with new, energy efficient models.

These projects will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 2 million kgs of CO2 per year, or the equivalent of taking 600 cars and light trucks off the road. To further reduce our Carbon Footprint our two newest locations utilize C02 refrigeration systems which will reduce their global warming emissions by 50% over the long term.

Our Energy Efficient Building Systems

  • Energy efficient lighting systems at our stores and distribution centres
  • Digital dashboards - centralized energy management systems that monitor and manage our Ventilation, Lighting, Leak Detection, Power Monitoring and Refrigeration systems
  • Heat recovery systems that transfer waste heat from the refrigeration system to warm other areas of the stores and water
  • State-of-the-art lighting systems and controls in our stores

Improvements to Our Refrigerated Equipment Systems

  • Installation of T5 and LED lighting
  • Use of pull-down "night covers" on open display cases
  • Use of energy efficient fans and coils and anti-sweat controls
  • Installation of refrigerant gas leak detection systems
  • Use of ozone friendly refrigerants

Sustainability Programs

We continue to innovate and implement a variety of conservation projects in store, for eventual rollout to all Thrifty Foods locations.
  • Organic waste diversion programs
  • Replacement of open refrigerated dairy cases with energy efficient glass door cases
  • Conversion of refrigerated case lighting to LED
  • Water conservation devices at all sinks, toilets, and faucets