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Selo Ukraina upgrades complete


A major project to upgrade and “green” the mechanical systems at Selo Ukraina Hall is now complete.
Beginning last September, the Ukrainian Folk Arts Centre and Museum undertook the ambitious project to install geothermal heating and air conditioning, new duct work, added insulation in the attic and walls and new metal exterior siding.
The goal was to increase the building’s energy efficiency and make a more comfortable environment for people atending events at the hall.
“The geothermal units were tested prior to (Countryfest) to make sure they were working,” said public relations chair Larry Hyrtsay, adding early indications are that the improvements are delivering promised results.
“Over the four days of Countryfest it was a real pressure test because the doors were wide open. But we had to turn the air conditioning down because it was cold in there. That’s how well it worked.”
The geothermal system consists of indoor units and a buried loop of piping filled with glycol to capitalize on constant ground temperatures to provide heating and cooling, depending on needs.
In winter the loop absorbs heat from the earth which when carried inside is compressed and distributed throughout the building. In the summer the system is reversed, with heat pulled from the building and distrubuted into the cooler earth.
And with its performance this summer, Hrytsay is confident the system will be able to keep up in the winter when there is not a lot of demand in the building.
DNS Geothermal from Swan River was contracted to dig the 36 wells in the parking lot area necessary to accommodate the more than 4,000 feet of vertical piping which makes up the ground loop and install the heating and cooling units in the building. Lorne Chura Plumbing and Heating of Dauphin was hired to install duct work for the new system.
When considering the price tag of around $280,000, the organization could not be more pleased with the results.
“There was no hiccups and no delays. Everything was done on time. Our timeline was for the end of June and they got it done prior to that,” Hyrtsay said, adding the payback time for they system is expected to be around 20 years.
“The monthly cost for power has dropped dramactically already.”