Sustaining the Ecosystem & Supporting Clean Energy
Blenk Development Corp., the developer of Kelowna's largest master-planned community, Wilden, has made significant environmental investments, especially in wetland enhancement. The communities master plan hinges on the principle of sensitive growth that will sustain the area's ecosystem and preserve space for wildlife. The ponds in Wilden are a haven for many varieties of plants, insects and aquatic life. But not only the ponds themselves; their connectivity is vital to healthy wildlife populations. So for the Wilden developer investing in turtle tunnels and wildlife corridors was a natural choice. Ever since the first homes were built in Wilden in 2003 Blenk Development has supported clean energy. Wilden was one of the first communities in British Columbia to incorporate a geothermal heating and cooling system. Two Kelowna utility companies, GeoTility and TerraSource, have worked with the Wilden developers to install the geothermal loop infrastructure that makes it easy for Wilden residents to include geothermal energy into their new home. When Blenk Development took the initiative of a research cooperation with UBC the goal was to take the next step, push the envelope in energy efficiency in residential construction and help their residents and future residents make informed decisions about energy saving components that are on the market today.