UBC Campus Energy Centre Wins AIBC Lieutenant-Governor Award of Merit
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia announced their 2018 Lieutenant-Governor Award recipients last night. DIALOG’s UBC Campus Energy Centre, receiving an Award of Merit, was amongst 13 buildings celebrated.
In 2007, the University of British Columbia, a global leader in sustainability, gave themselves seven years to reduce the campus’ greenhouse gas emissions by 33%. As part of their efforts, they replaced their pre-existing boiler plant with a state-of-the-art hot water boiler facility: The Campus Energy Centre (CEC). This LEED Gold facility has not only helped UBC achieve their bold emissions reduction goal – it has put energy infrastructure in the heart of the campus for all to see.
CEC serves 130 buildings, or 12 M sq ft of campus development, delivered through 14 km of underground insulated pipe. Typically, infrastructure buildings are hidden from view, but the design team – client included – wanted to put sustainability at the core of the campus. In plain view, the student population is confronted with their daily energy intake by a building that breathes.
CEC has started a new conversation that has redefined District Energy. By making sustainable infrastructure visible, the university educates and engages the campus community on both the process of creating energy and UBC’s broader energy use.
This conversation, and the design thinking and execution that’s enabled it, is one of the reasons CEC has been celebrated by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.
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