Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Vancouver Resource Society (VRS) has been creating housing solutions for the communities of British Columbia since 1972. VRS connects individuals and families with housing and services optimized for persons with disabilities, seniors and people seeking affordable housing options. The work of VRS ensures everybody can live independently and participate in making impacts throughout their community.
Owned and operated by VRS, Charles Manor is a five-storey private independent living community offering 85 suites, including studio, one and two-bedroom units. Originally constructed in 1952 and totalling roughly 110,000 square feet, the property includes an office, shared spaces, a kitchen, a laundry room and retail units in addition to the residential area. Williams Engineering (WE) was retained to provide the mechanical, electrical, and building envelope engineering consulting services to replace several components of the existing mechanical system. The previous boilers were replaced with high-efficiency condensing boilers, and storage tanks were provided with thermally insulated pipework. Two gas-fired make-up air units were replaced and located on the facility’s roof. A detailed energy assessment was performed by WE to analyze current energy performance, conduct an onsite assessment and recommend measures that could reduce energy usage, GHG emissions and the overall energy cost of the facility.
Upgraded mechanical systems and improved energy efficiency result in a better-performing facility and reduced costs for the building owner. The communities built by VRS, including Charles Manor, ensure all residents experience a sense of belonging and independence while living in safe and accessible spaces.