UBC Academic District Energy System

OWNER/DEVELOPER:

UBC Properties Trust

SECTOR:

District Energy, Education Post Secondary

AME ROLE:1

Mechanical Design

Completed:

2017

Location:

Vancouver, BC

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Designed to substantively reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Academic District Energy System (ADES) at UBC not only reduces energy consumption it is used to advance clean energy research and development opportunities.

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Phased over 5 years and replacing an aging steam system, this campus-wide hot water system heats over 130 buildings used by more than 70,000 students, faculty, and staff.

AME Group worked on 9 out of 10 phases of this project, including the design of the Energy Transfer Stations (ETSs) in all existing buildings to ensure all connected buildings are compatible with this state-of-the-art district energy system.

Overall, the system reduced campus energy use by 22% and GHG emissions by 24% and resulted in $5.5 million energy cost savings per year. The estimated payback of the system is 22 years.