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GeoExchange BC provides consultation on BCGWA Groundwater Handbook

GeoExchange BC


The Groundwater Protection Regulation Handbook authored by the BC Groundwater Association (BCGWA) is a reference tool used by practitioners working in the groundwater and related industries.  It is a well-illustrated, easy-to-read handbook that provides quick access to specific requirements of the Groundwater Protection Regulation (GWPR) under the former Water Act.  With the coming into force of the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) and expansion of the GWPR in February 2016, the Handbook is under revision. 

GeoExchange BC has joined the BCGWA Handbook Steering Committee and is providing support and expertise on matters relating to geoexchange drilling.

GeoExchange BC provides commentary on City of Vancouver water efficiency amendments

GeoExchange BC

City staff express thanks to GeoExchange BC following feedback on water efficiency and waste reduction bylaw changes

Proposed water efficiency amendments to City of Vancouver by-laws were prepared following a public consultation, with an aim of addressing improvements in the areas of plumbing fixtures, appliances, mechanical equipment, irrigation systems and other water uses.  Reducing wastage of drinking water and promoting water efficiency is a key priority of the City of Vancouver under the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

Geoexchange BC provided commentary and made recommendations on the City's bylaw amendment proposal.

GeoExchange BC provides commentary on second round of BC Climate Leadership Plan

GeoExchange BC

Government's 'Consultation Guide' serves as basis for second phase of public review

The Province of British Columbia launched the second round of public engagement on the Climate Leadership Plan with the release of the Consultation Guide.  At the same time, the Province began sector-specific consultations.  The Climate Leadership Plan was unveiled in August 2016.

GeoExchange BC prepared and submitted a second round of commentary specifically calling for stimulus towards geoexchange deployment in the short and medium terms.


GeoExchange BC petitions APEGBC for update to Professional Practice Guidelines

GeoExchange BC

Peer organisations seek means to provide needed updates to APEGBC mechanical guidelines document

The document 'Mechanical Engineering Services on Building Projects - 04 Feb 1993' published by the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC is one several which make up the association's Professional Practice Guidelines series.  (This is not to be confused with the 'GeoExchange BC Professional Guidelines' which can be found here.)

GeoExchange BC met with the Associate Director of Professional Practice at APEGBC to discuss the measures required and the timeline under consideration for a much-need update to the APEGBC mechanical guidelines document.

GeoExchange BC engages at QUEST 2016 Community Energy Symposium

GeoExchange BC

Chair promotes geoexchange industry interests at Metro Vancouver event

On 28 January 2016 GeoExchange BC attended the QUEST Community Energy Symposium, an event focused on 'Preparing to Implement the Climate Leadership Plan' through building energy performance as well as accelerating uptake of community & renewable energy.  The one-day event was an important annual touchpoint for local governments, energy service providers, and the real estate sector to discuss the latest opportunities and challenges with regards to energy and GHGs for communities in the lower mainland.

GeoExchange BC led discussions and engaged with key stakeholders in support of the geoexchange industry.