Project Description

UBC Student Union Building

UBC’s LEED Platinum Certified AMS Student Union Building – or The Nest as it has come to be known – opened in September 2015 and provides a unique gathering place for students to interact and grow a vibrant student community. Targeting LEED Platinum certification, this modern mixed-use building covers 258,000 sq.ft. (including renovation) and is spread over five storeys. It includes areas for social and recreational activities, as well as bookable office, food and retail spaces. Sustainability and energy efficiency are highlighted throughout its design and elements in its structure.

AME completed a BC Hydro Energy Study using VE Modeling software to illustrate proposed savings of sustainable mechanical systems compared to standard mechanical systems. Our firm also designed alternative passive energy sources which assisted the building in achieving its LEED Platinum Certification by harnessing energy from renewable sources and designing a high performance envelope that utilizes heat recovery. Additional sustainable features include; efficient lighting, daylight harvesting, natural ventilation, harvesting solar energy, and occupant responsive controls. Sustainable water sources are achieved by utilizing rainwater in plumbing systems by providing on-site water treatment for rainwater.

The facility’s preferred energy strategy includes the use of heat recovered from UBC’s district steam condensate to provide the heating and the use of solar heating to provide cooling.