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CITY OF KAMLOOPS

Development and Sustainability Committee Meeting Agenda


February 25, 2019, at 4:00 pm
in the Executive Boardroom, 7 Victoria Street West, Kamloops, BC
Page

1. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

2. NEW BUSINESS

2.1 Review Terms of Reference and Committee Meeting Schedule 2-6


Councillor A. Singh, Chairperson
Attachment

2.2 CleanBC Communities Fund 7 - 12


G. Cheetham, Sustainability Services Supervisor
Attachment 1
Attachment 2

2.3 Readying Municipalities for Deep Resiliency Retrofits 13 - 17


G. Cheetham, Sustainability Services Supervisor
Attachment

3. UPDATES

3.1 Downtown Transportation Choices Strategy


E. Ansari, Traffic and Transportation Engineer

3.2 Community Climate Action Plan


G.Cheetham, Sustainability Services Supervisor

3.3 BC Energy Step Code


J. Dixon, Building and Engineering Development Manager
G. Cheetham, Sustainability Services Supervisor

3.4 Suites Policy Update Project


J. Locke, Community Planning and Sustainability Manager

4. ROUND TABLE

5. ADJOURNMENT
DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
COMMITTEE
TERMS OF REFERENCE

1. ESTABLISHMENT

1.1 In accordance with Section 141 of the Community Charter (Standing Committees
of Council), the Mayor has established a standing committee of Council to be
known as the Development and Sustainability Committee (“the Committee”) as of
.

2. DEFINITIONS

2.1 In these Terms of Reference:

a) “Chief Administrative Officer” means the person duly appointed by


Council for the management of the City, and any person delegated to
assist in carrying out his or her duties under these Terms of Reference.

b) “Committee” means the Development and Sustainability Committee.

c) “Community Charter” means the Community Charter, SBC 2003, c.26, as


amended from time to time.

d) “Council” means the municipal Council for the City of Kamloops.

e) “Director” means the person duly appointed from time to time as the
Development, Engineering, and Sustainability Director and any person
delegated to assist in carrying out his or her duties under these Terms of
Reference.

f) “Mayor” means the Mayor of the City of Kamloops.

g) “Member” means a member of the Committee.

h) “Recording Secretary” means the person assigned to record the


Committee meeting minutes.

i) “Staff Liaison” are the staff listed in Section 6 of these Terms of


Reference.

3. MANDATE

3.1 The mandate of the Committee is to address overall policy development and
governance direction related to the functions of the Development, Engineering,
and Sustainability Department, including:

a) applicable Strategic Plan goal review


b) applicable adopted plan updates and review of new plans being
developed
c) applicable Council Policy review
d) other tasks as assigned by the Mayor or Council

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3.2 The Committee may undertake the following activities to achieve its mandate:

a) provide input to Council for consideration, primarily during the scoping


and identification of key issues
b) ensure that community interests are adequately represented and
considered in regard to related policies, bylaws, projects, and programs
c) identify barriers and constraints to implementing strategies and plans
d) review and provide input on draft documents related to item 3.1
e) provide input into the development of processes to be used in preparing
policies, bylaws, projects, and plans, including defining points of public
engagement and methods of engagement through a communication plan
f) at the request of Council, provide advice to Council and staff regarding
land use matters
g) any other tasks as referred or directed by Council

4. MEMBERSHIP, ROLE, AND AUTHORITY

4.1 The Committee shall consist of three (3) Council members, each of whom will be
appointed by the Mayor.

4.2 The Mayor will designate one (1) Member as Chairperson.

4.3 The Committee will conduct its business in accordance with these Terms of
Reference, the City’s bylaws and policies, and the Community Charter.

4.4 A Member’s role on the Committee is to:

a) as applicable, be an effective Chairperson (or Alternate Chairperson) and


ensure proper function of the Committee
b) be a voting Member of the Committee
c) serve as a communication channel between Council and the Committee

4.5. The Committee must refer recommendations to Council for authority to act.

4.6 Members will not misrepresent themselves as having any authority beyond that
which is expressly delegated by Council.

4.7 Unless otherwise directed by Council, neither the Committee nor its Members
have the authority to communicate with other levels of government, to pledge the
credit of the City, to authorize any expenditures to be charged against the City, or
to incur any liability on the part of the City.

5. TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

5.1 Committee appointments will continue until a successor is appointed by the


Mayor.

5.2. Pursuant to Sections 141 and 144 of the Community Charter, the Mayor, at his or
her discretion, may rescind any appointment and appoint a person to fill any
vacancy.

6. STAFF LIAISON

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6.1 Staff Liaison are not Members of the Committee and are therefore not entitled to
vote. Staff Liaisons for the Committee will consist of:

a) the Chief Administrative Officer or designate


b) the Director or designate
c) managers assigned by the Chief Administrative Officer or Director on an
as needed basis
d) any other staff member assigned by the Chief Administrative Officer to
assist the Committee in a non-voting, advisory, and resource capacity

6.2 The role of Staff Liaison includes, but is not limited to:

a) providing information and professional advice


b) supporting the Committee Chairperson in developing agendas, arranging
meetings, and promoting effective Committee operation
c) coordinating an orientation to the work of the Committee, the structure of
the City, and Council’s annual goal setting concerning the Committee
d) performing any other duties as assigned by the Chief Administrative
Officer regarding the function of the Committee.

6.3 Staff Liaisons will present to Council any recommendations of the Committee in
the form of a staff report using the City’s standard report template.

6.4 Staff will act on the direction of Council and will not implement a Committee
recommendation unless directed by Council.

7. WORKING AND ENGAGEMENT GROUPS

7.1 The Committee may request that a working (internal) or engagement (external)
group be constituted to:

a) inquire into matters


b) provide public engagement opportunities
c) provide public feedback
d) provide public recommendations concerning matters that fall within the
Committee’s mandate.

The working and engagement groups will be non-statutory bodies that control
their own governance.

7.2 Input from these working and engagement groups will be presented to the
Committee for its consideration when developing its own recommendations to
Council.

7.3 Members of the Committee will be considered liaisons to the working and
engagement groups and may attend their meetings.

7.4 No Council liaison will be assigned to internal staff working groups, as staff will
provide input from these groups to the Committee.

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8. MEETING PROCEDURES

8.1 The Committee will abide by the procedures and limitations included in City of
Kamloops Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1-46, as amended.

8.2 A staff member will serve as the Committee’s Recording Secretary.

8.3 The attendance of two (2) Members at a Committee meeting will constitute a
quorum. If there is no quorum present within 15 minutes of the scheduled time of
the meeting, the Recording Secretary will:

a) record the names of those present and absent


b) adjourn the meeting until a future meeting date

8.4 Minutes of all Committee meetings will be recorded and provided to the
Committee Chairperson for signature. Minutes will be provided to Council for
review and receipt at a Regular Council Meeting. Original signed minutes will be
forwarded to Legislative Services for record keeping and will be posted on the
City’s website for public viewing.

8.5 The Committee agenda and supporting documents will be:

a) prepared by the Director, in consultation with the Chairperson


b) distributed to Members at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting
c) posted on the City’s website for public viewing

8.6 The Committee will meet, at a minimum, quarterly or on an as needed basis at


the call of the Chairperson.

8.7 At its first meeting after its establishment, the Committee must establish a regular
schedule of meetings.

8.8 The Chairperson may summon a special meeting of the Committee by giving at
least two (2) days’ notice to each Member, stating the purpose for which the
meeting is called.

8.9 All Committee meetings are open to the public, and no person will be excluded,
except for improper conduct or where the Committee is considering an item
where, in accordance with Section 90 of the Community Charter, the exclusion of
the public is permitted. Before a meeting or part of a meeting is closed to the
public, the Committee must carry a resolution stating:

a) that the meeting is to be closed


b) the paragraph(s) within Section 90(1) or 90(2) of the Community Charter
pursuant to which the meeting is to be closed

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8.10 Members are subject to Sections 100 through 109 of the Community Charter
(Conflict of Interest). Members must avoid conflicts of interest where the Member
has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in the outcome of Committee
deliberations. Where a conflict of interest exists, Members:

a) are not entitled to participate in the discussion of the matter or to vote on


a question in respect of the matter
b) must declare on the record that a conflict exists and state the general
nature of their conflict
c) must remove themselves from the meeting during consideration of the
issue to which the conflict relates
d) must not attempt in any way, whether before, during, or after the meeting,
to influence the voting on any question in respect of the matter, whether
such voting takes place at a Committee meeting or a Council meeting

8.11 The Member’s declaration must be recorded in the minutes.

8.12 All Members, including the Chairperson, vote on every question unless they have
declared a conflict of interest and have left the meeting. Members who do not
indicate their vote or have left the meeting without declaring a conflict of interest
are deemed to have voted in the affirmative. If the votes are equal for and
against, the question is defeated.

9. PUBLIC RELATIONS AND CONFIDENTIALITY

9.1 Members will refer all questions/inquiries from media or other parties to the
Chairperson or Director.

9.2 Members must keep in confidence information considered in any part of a


Committee meeting that was lawfully closed to the public until Council or the
Committee discusses the information at a meeting that is open to the public or
releases the information to the public.

10. STAFF SUPPORT

10.1 For each Committee meeting, the Director and/or Recording Secretary will work
with the Chairperson to organize, prepare, and distribute an agenda and the
minutes from the previous Committee meeting.

AMENDED:

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DEVELOPMENT & SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE MEMO

Date: February 20, 2019 File No.:

To: Development & Sustainability Committee of Council

From: G. Cheetham

RE: Proposed Project Application to the CleanBC Communities Fund:


Canada Games Aquatic Centre Energy Efficiency Retrofit

This memo summarizes the proposed project application for the CleanBC Community Fund to support a significant
energy efficiency retrofit at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.

Program Overview
On December 18, 2018, the Canadian and British Columbian governments committed up to $63 million towards an initial
intake of the Green Infrastructure - CleanBC Communities Fund (CCF). The CCF supports cost-sharing of infrastructure
projects in communities across the province. Eligible projects will support public infrastructure, defined as a tangible
capital asset primarily for public use and benefit, and must meet one of the following outcomes:

 Increased capacity to manage renewable energy


 Increased access to clean-energy transportation
 Increased energy efficiency of buildings
 Increase generation of clean energy
For local government projects, funding is available for up to 73.33% of eligible project costs (40% Government of
Canada, 33.33% Province of British Columbia). Municipalities may submit one application which is due March 27, 2019.

An internal working group, consisting of representatives of Capital Projects, Civic Operations and DES, conducted a
detailed review of the CCF Program Guide and determined that the planned Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC)
Infrastructure Improvement Project aligns well with the eligibility outcome to increase energy efficiency of buildings.

The CCF Program Guide also emphasizes a measurable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and notes other desirable
project outcomes such as integrating innovative energy efficiency technologies into building energy efficiency retrofits.

Proposed Project Summary


The planned CGAC Infrastructure Improvement Project involves a material rehabilitation of the building envelope,
mechanical and electrical systems. The internal working group intends to request CCF funding to leverage this planned
project and significantly improve the energy efficiency of the CGAC. While the feasibility and costs of specific measures
are still being assessed for the CCF application, conceptually the goal is to implement a bundle of complementary energy
conservation measures that will lead to improving the overall building energy performance by 25% to 50% over the
baseline BC Building Code requirements. The City’s CCF application will request funding for the incremental costs of
achieving these ‘above code’ energy efficiency improvements through high-performance upgrades to the building

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envelope, mechanical and electrical systems. Potentially, the enhanced upgrades could result in achieving Step 2 or 3 of
the BC Energy Step Code standard for Part 3 buildings.

Rationale for Project Selection


Before settling on the CGAC project opportunity, other sites and projects were considered (e.g. Stuart Wood, Memorial
Arena). However, after consideration of the CCF’s program eligibility, time line and application requirements, it became
clear that the CGAC Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project is best aligned with this funding opportunity. The CGAC project is
“shelf-ready” as a number of pre-design efforts have already been completed, including: a full schematic and pre-design
report, a Thermal Analysis Study identifying key energy conservation measures, and committed funding within the City’s
Capital Budget. Furthermore, the CGAC consumes more than $275,000 per year on electricity and natural gas, and
accounts for 10% of the City’s total GHG emissions from municipal operations.

Next Steps
Staff are seeking the endorsement of the Development & Sustainability Committee of Council to prepare and submit a
CleanBC Communities Fund application to support a significant energy efficiency retrofit of the Canada Games Aquatic
Centre as outlined above.

The CCF program stipulates that a resolution endorsing the project must be approved by the appropriate authorized
governing body such as a council, board or band council, and must be submitted within one month of the program
application submission (i.e. by April 27, 2019). The resolution or bylaw will commit the proponent to contributing its share
of the eligible and ineligible costs and overages related to the project, and must identify the source of the proponent’s
share of the project costs. Staff will bring to Council a resolution request once the Class D project cost estimate has been
completed.

Regards,

Glen Cheetham
Sustainability Service Supervisor
City of Kamloops

GC/sh

CC: M. Kwiatkowski, J. Locke, E.Nelson

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DEVELOPMENT & SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE MEMO

Date: February 20, 2019 File No.:

To: Development & Sustainability Committee of Council

From: G. Cheetham

RE: Summary of the Community Energy Association’s Proposed Charge


North EV Charging Station Network Opportunity

This memo summarizes the Community Energy Association’s (CEA) Charge North electric vehicle charging network
proposal for the CleanBC Community Fund.

Project Overview
The CEA’s proposal will see 120 Level 2 charging stations built in 40 communities between Penticton and Prince Rupert.
The total investment will be $5.3 million. This proposal follows research conducted by the CEA in 2017 in support of a
nearly-completed similar project in the Kootenays called Accelerate Kootenays, which resulted in 13 DCFCs and 40 Level
2 chargers installed in 40 communities.

The Charge North Project is offering participating municipalities the opportunity to have Level 2 charging stations
installed at a cost below market value in the locations of the municipality’s choice. Level 2 chargers can be used by
electric vehicles (EVs) and by plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV). The length of time to charge a vehicle depends entirely on
the size of battery that the vehicle has; however, a typical estimate is 15 – 30km of range per hour of charging.

The cost to the City of Kamloops to participate in the Charge North program would be a one-time cost of between
$2,500 and $5,000 per charging station depending upon the CEA’s final funding levels. In committing to this project, the
City of Kamloops would share some responsibilities with the CEA through the Charge North program, as outlined below.

CEA and Charge North Responsibilities (maximum 5 years) Local Government Responsibilities (minimum 5 years)
Equipment procurement process Costs associated with supplying power (about $0.50/hr)
Contracts and agreements Day-to-day site maintenance (e.g. snow removal)
Infrastructure cost Dedicated space and parking stalls
Installation management & cost Repairs due to misuse
All directional signage Operating & Maintenance and annual network fees after
5 years if desired
Marketing and communications Future charger replacement if desired (~14 year lifespan)
Site assessments
O&M, warranty and annual network fees

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Alignment with Current Policies
KamPlan: One of the goals in the KamPlan (Section D-2 Climate Change) is to “develop adaptive strategies and minimize
Kamloops’ contributions to climate change.” The KamPlan also reiterates GHG emissions targets set out in the
Sustainable Kamloops plan; this project will contribute to advancing those goals.

The Sustainable Kamloops Plan (SKP): The SKP has a number of goals that will be furthered through the completion of
this project. The following goals will have progress made on them as a result of this project.

 Reducing residential-based GHG emissions to 0.9 tonnes/capita by 2020


 Reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 2007 levels by 2020
 Reducing transportation-related GHG emissions to 2.4 tonnes/capita by 2020
 Reducing consumption of fossil fuels for transportation by 25% by 2020
 Increasing the share of alternate fuelled motor vehicles in the community by 200% by 2020 and 400% by 2050
 Encouraging and facilitating the increased use of clean, alternative sources of energy in Kamloops

Transportation Master Plan (TMP): While the TMP primarily focuses on reducing the number of car trips of any kind, it
does have some provisions supporting the adoption of EV’s.

 Prepare for and be open to new technologies where they can help to achieve the goals of the TMP (e .g.
Autonomous Vehicles, alternative fuels, e-bike technology)
 Promote electric and alternative fuel vehicles through policy and incentives

Benefits of Participation
The benefits of participating in this project beyond furthering the goals and objectives outlined above include increasing
Kamloops’ ability to serve EV tourism/traffic, increasing visits to amenities, and increasing the duration of visits in the
areas around the chargers proportionate to the investment being made. Ultimately, it is anticipated that increased EV
adoption will lead to GHG reductions, which is significant given that transportation accounts for 66% of our community
emissions.

A key objective of Charge North’s proposed EV charging network is to better enable EV owners to travel throughout the
central and northern regions of BC. And by increasing the visibility and availability of public EV charging infrastructure, it
is also addressing a common barrier to EV ownership, which in turn will help to accelerate the local adoption of EVs.

Another benefit of this particular project is that the commitment to providing access to the charging stations has an end
date. If, after 5 years, the City of Kamloops wishes to decommission the stations rather than assume their operations
and maintenance, the funding agreement terms will not prohibit the City from doing so.

Challenges of Participation
The City of Kamloops assumes a few responsibilities as project participants that could become challenges. For example,
if misuse occurs, or other activities not covered under the 5-year warranty or the program’s operations and
maintenance budget, the City of Kamloops is responsible for covering the costs to restore the charging stations to
working condition. After 5 years, the City becomes wholly responsible for the maintenance and operation of the
charging stations, if it choses to continue to support the infrastructure.

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In addition to these responsibilities, given that the CEA is responsible for the procurement of the charging station
technology, the City of Kamloops will not have input into which type of Level 2 charging station is selected for our
community. The City currently manages one Level 2 public EV charging station and it is preparing to procure four Level 2
corporate charging stations. The existing public and new corporate EV chargers will not use standardized technology or
monitoring systems. The new stations proposed through the Charge North program could add a third technology and
monitoring system, making their operations and maintenance less standardized.

Electric Vehicle Strategy


The City of Kamloops does not currently have a Community EV strategy. However, the Community Climate Action Plan
that is currently underway includes a Jumpstart EV Strategy which will provide some high level insight into how
increased EV ownership could reduce transportation-related emissions in our community, including recommendations
to help support EV adoption in our community. Based on a review of other Community EV Strategies, we anticipate that
the City of Kamloops will have a role to support public EV charging infrastructure over the short term in order to provide
access to EV charging for residents that do not have charging at home or at work, for out of town visitors (i.e. EV
tourism), as well as to supplement home and workplace charging as residents visit amenities throughout the City.
According to the City of North Vancouver’s EV Strategy, local government involvement in providing public EV charging
infrastructure is “designed to be short term but critical to enabling the long-term transition to EV ownership…as the
market expands, the business case for owning and operating EV charging stations will become stronger and more
certain, allowing the transition to the private sector ownership and reducing the need for the City’s support.”

Charging Station Cost Breakdown and Funding Scenarios


Through this project each Level 2 Charging Station will cost an estimated $14,000 to buy, install, and maintain for 5
years. Below is a breakdown of these one-time costs:

Item Cost
Equipment $5,000
Installation $5,000
O&M, 5 Year Equipment Warranty $3,000
Networking Fees $1,000
Total $14,000
Funding Scenarios

1. $5,000 Municipal contribution per station


a. if the CEA only secures funds from the CleanBC Community Fund, local governments will have to commit
$5,000 per station
2. $2,500 Municipal contribution per station
a. If the CEA is successful in securing funding from other sources, local governments will have to commit
$2,500 per station

CEA Survey
Municipalities are required to respond to the following survey questions by Feb. 25 2019 to be included in the project:

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1. Under Grant Scenario A, the total project funding would be split by CleanBC (73%) and local governments (27%).
The cost to local governments per level 2 station would be approximately $5,000. In this scenario, how many
stations would your community be interested in co-funding?
2. Under Grant Scenario A, what general locations would you like to suggest for further evaluation. Please see page
3 of this document for a list of considerations for siting a level 2 station. Please note, it is a requirement of the
CleanBC grant to locate stations on property owned by your local government.
3. Under Grant Scenario B, the total project funding would be split by CleanBC (73%), local governments (14%) and
one or more additional match funders (13%). The cost to local governments per level 2 station would be
approximately $2,500. In this scenario, how many stations would your community be interested in co-funding?
4. Under Grant Scenario B, what locations would you like to suggest for further evaluation. Please note, it is a
requirement of the CleanBC grant to locate stations on property owned by your local government.
5. Does your community have any street revitalization projects that will be under construction in the next 2 years?

Options for Consideration


Option 1

Commit $15,000 of the Climate Action Fund reserve (or another amount as desired by
Committee/Council) and complete the CEA survey to express the intention to fund as many
Level 2 charging stations as possible with the committed funds.

Option 2

Inform the CEA that Kamloops will not be participating in the Charge North program as it does
not currently have an adopted Community EV Strategy.

Regards,

Glen Cheetham
Sustainability Services Supervisor
City of Kamloops

GC/ddc/sh

CC: M.Kwiatkowski, J.Locke, E.Nelson

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DEVELOPMENT & SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE MEMO

Date: February 20, 2019 File No.:

To: Development & Sustainability Committee of Council

From: D. de Candole

RE: Project Opportunity: Readying Municipalities and the


Market for Deep Resiliency Retrofits of Multi-Family
Rental Buildings

This memo presents a case for the City of Kamloops to commit staff time and financial resources to participate in a pan-
Canadian effort led by the Pembina Institute that will help Kamloops prepare for deep energy retrofits of existing multi-
unit residential buildings (MURBs).

Project Overview
The purpose of this project is to support the adoption of scalable, deep-resiliency retrofits to existing MURBs. The City
of Kamloops would be working with the Pembina Institute and a cohort of Canadian cities; we would share lessons and
practices for advancing policies, projects and programs in the development of our own approach to catalyzing a deep
retrofit economy. This project will take place over two years, and will focus on prefabricated solutions to energy
retrofits similar in concept to recent BC Housing projects. The project is comprised of the following deliverables:

1. Community Impact Assessment: Assess community wide impacts of large-scale MURB retrofits (emissions,
economic, etc.)
2. Municipal Readiness Assessment: Identify programs, policy development, ongoing governance, data availability,
code enforcement, etc. in support of the project goals
3. Market Readiness Assessment: Identify market access to labour, raw materials, technologies and manufacturing
capacity

Upon completion of these assessments, action will be taken to address shortfalls and capitalize on opportunities. The
project is valued at $700,000, the Pembina Institute has secured $550,000 largely from NRCAN, and the six participating
municipalities will contribute a total of $120,000 (i.e. to participate, Kamloops would need to contribute $20,000). The
Pembina Institute will seek the remaining necessary funds through Provincial and Federal grants.

Project Goals
This project will prepare Kamloops to embrace pre-fabricated energy retrofit solutions for MURBs. This will decrease
emissions from this building type, reducing operating costs, and potentially position local companies to take advantage
of an emerging market. This project represents the best of sustainable projects with environmental, economic and
social benefits.

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Environment

According to Provincial statistics, slightly over half of the energy used by MURBs is natural gas. Extrapolating those
provincial proportions to the Kamloops context suggests that MURBs account for approximately 2.3% of community-
wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This project endeavours to develop a framework to enable local governments to
catalyze drastic GHG emission reductions in existing MURBs. In other jurisdictions where pre-fabricated technologies
are used in this way, the upgraded buildings often perform at, or near, a net-zero energy standard (i.e. is capable of
producing as much energy as it uses).

Social

There are about 190 MURBs in Kamloops, ranging from nine units to 293 with a combined 6,310 units. This represents
17% of total residential units. Just over 100 of these buildings are purpose-built rental buildings, with an estimated
3,480 apartment units. The average rent of these units is $988 a month, making them some of the more affordable
units in the City. They also include the purpose-built affordable housing units managed by social housing providers. By
increasing the energy efficiency of these buildings, the economically vulnerable members of our community will gain
access to more comfortable housing that costs less to operate.

Economic

The economic benefits of this project span several distinct groups within the City. First, the residents of the retrofitted
buildings will see decreases to their energy bills. For those in the more affordable units this decrease in living expenses
will give them more flexibility in their household budget. Improving the energy efficiency of MURBs will also decrease
the operational cost for the property management/owners. Reducing the cost of doing business in Kamloops will
improve those companies’ ability to invest in their buildings.

According to the draft Community Climate Action Plan, residents and businesses spend almost $200 million annually on
energy. The vast majority of this energy spend leaves the local economy. Therefore, a portion of the energy cost savings
resulting from increased building energy efficiency could remain in the community and bolster the local economy.

There is a significant opportunity for Kamloops businesses to take advantage of the anticipated growth in demand for
pre-fabricated wall panels used in energy retrofits of this kind. While the Kamloops market may not be large, there is a
significant economic opportunity given the proximity of nearby markets represented on this project. In the event that
Kamloops companies are not able to take advantage of the opportunity to build the pre-fabricated wall panels, there is
still opportunity in developing the capacity to install the wall panels, which will be essential to the success of the
initiative.

Project Deliverables

This project includes three concrete deliverables that will be supported by the Pembina Institute and the other
participating municipalities. The deliverables are:

Impact Assessment

This will go a level deeper than the Community Climate Action Plan by looking at a specific building archetype.

 Inventory existing MURB stock


 Calculate scale of potential impact of retrofits:

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o Impact on city GHG emissions, energy cost savings, operating and maintenance costs, impact on
affordable housing, potential local market size, estimated total size of investment, job creation
o Findings will be aggregated with all participating municipalities
o Results to be used to support further efforts on this initiative

Pembina and other partners will work together to develop templates and guidelines to decide exactly what information
should be gathered. Pembina will provide analytical support.

Municipal Readiness Self-Assessment

 Identify existing barriers to deep retrofits in zoning, building bylaws and policies
 Evaluate internal capacity to support the establishment of deep resiliency retrofits
o Programs, policy development, ongoing governance, culture, data availability, code enforcement etc.

Pembina and other partners will work together to develop self-assessment structure. The Pembina Institute will also
research examples of barriers and best/promising practices providing background for municipal policy development.

Market Readiness Assessment

 Identify local capacity for assembly and installation of pre-fabricated wall assemblies
 Identify components and technologies needed to effectively support deep resiliency retrofits
 Assess current access to these components, and identify opportunities for local or regional production growth
based on potential market size estimates
 Assess the existence and readiness/interest of local financing partners. Evaluate which mechanisms are
preferred by different types of building owners
 Identify local manufacturers and suppliers and reach out to assess their interest in this market

The Pembina Institute and municipal partners will provide research and support for the identification of needed
components, technologies and capacities, which will allow City of Kamloops staff to better evaluate local capacity.

Alignment with Current Policies


KamPlan
One of the goals in the KamPlan (Section D-2 Climate Change) is to “develop adaptive strategies and minimize Kamloops’
contributions to climate change.” Two of the actions suggested to achieve this goal are the consideration of incentives
to encourage energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings, and new Development Permit Area guidelines
and zoning regulations that could reduce GHG’s by encouraging energy efficient buildings.

The Sustainable Kamloops Plan (SKP)


The SKP has a number of goals that this project will advance. While these goals will not necessarily be met through this
project alone, it lays a foundation that could see GHG emissions significantly reduced from MURB’s in Kamloops which
are responsible for approximately 2.3% of Kamloops’ GHG’s. The relevant goals in the SKP are:

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

 Reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 2007 levels by 2020;
 Reducing residential-based GHG emissions to 0.9 tonnes/capita by 2020;

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Energy

 Being building energy self-sufficient by 2050;


 Decreasing community energy use by 20% by 2020, and 50% by 2050 (in comparison to 2010 as the base year);

Kamloops Social Plan


The Kamloops Social Plan calls on the City of Kamloops to: maintain awareness of federal and provincial funding
opportunities to support protection (including rehabilitation) of affordable housing and link these opportunities,
wherever possible, to service providers in the community (e.g. landlords) to encourage re-investment in the community.

The multi-unit buildings that make up the bulk of affordable housing in Kamloops are included in the targeted buildings
for this project and would be improved dramatically if enhanced as a subsequent result of this project. Conducting an
energy retrofit on those buildings could dramatically reduce the operation costs for both the residents and the housing
providers.

Beyond the Scope


The municipalities involved in this project are: Vancouver, Kamloops, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Hamilton. These
larger centers have the majority of MURBs in the country, and are therefore best positioned to reduce national level
emissions. Kamloops is, in many respects, the outlier in the list of cooperating municipalities. The goal of our
involvement is to learn from municipalities with significantly more capacity than we have and to adapt or extend the
lessons learned in the context of MURBs to other building types such as low density multi-family (e.g. townhouses),
single family dwellings, and potentially commercial buildings as well. While there may be some solutions developed for
the larger centers that will not work locally due to capacity or other issues, we will likely discover solutions that will not
work in the larger centers by virtue of Kamloops being more nimble, and by having the ability to build meaningful and
impactful partnerships in the community.

Being a part of a Pan-Canadian project will lend credibility to local efforts to first evaluate, and then develop, local
capacity in the energy retrofit market. Having direct access to Pembina Institute and other municipal research capacities
will in turn increase Kamloops’ ability to advance our efforts to meet the challenge of retrofitting the existing built
environment.

The Commitment
Staff recommend that the City make a contribution of $20,000, funded by the CAF reserve, to participate in the Pembina
Institute led project: Readying Municipalities and the Market for Deep Resiliency Retrofits of Multi-Family Rentals.

The City’s Community Energy Specialist has time committed to tacking the challenge of building energy retrofits and can
dedicate that capacity to this project. The City’s Community Energy Specialist will need to commit staff time over 2
years to manage and implement this project.

Next Steps
The Development and Sustainability Committee of Council endorse the proposed project and authorize staff to allocate
$20,000 from the Climate Action Fund reserve to fund the City’s participation in the Pembina Institute led project,
Readying Municipalities and the Market for Deep Resiliency Retrofits of Multi-Family Rentals.

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Regards,

Derek de Candoloe
Community Energy Specialist
City of Kamloops

DdC/gc

CC: M.Kwiatkowski, J. Locke, E.Nelson

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