Vancouver Island University Cowichan Campus
The new Vancouver Island University (VIU) Cowichan Campus is a 44,500 sq.ft. facility located in Duncan, BC. The LEED Gold Certified campus serves students enrolled in university degrees, business, health and human services, trade and applied technology, career and academic preparation and employability skills programs.
Eleven LEED points were achieved through AME’s Energy Modeling. This forecasted VIU’s energy usage and provided options to identify potential operating efficiencies and achieve economic benefits and sustainability that a high performance design delivers. A geothermal heat pump uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer). Combined with a solar water heating system, the design forms a geosolar system for even greater efficiency. The solar water heating system design will save revenue for heating costs. Additionally, the university can expect an approximate 50% reduction in traditional (emitting) energy use which translates into a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions. The AME Group designed a stormwater irrigation system that will decrease water costs for VIU and create a more environmentally conscious campus. An interactive dashboard displays the building’s entire energy consumption, allowing occupants and visitors to monitor actual energy use.
- 2013 ASHRAE Society Level Technology Award Second Place (North America)
- 2012 ASHRAE Regional Technology Award First Place – New Educational Building