What WAS Done

Set on University Boulevard between the Neville Scarfe and Henry Angus buildings, the TEC started heating buildings in March 2014.

To construct the TEC, two steam to hot water heat exchangers were assembled inside a 20 foot container to provide up to 15 megawatts of heat to the campus. The heat exchangers convert the steam from UBC's powerhouse into hot water to allow campus buildings to change-over early to the new Academic District Energy System (ADES), before its completion in late 2015.

UBC's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) designed a latticework cover for the TEC which was added in August 2014.

Sustainable Features

As a critical milestone in the ADES project, the TEC allows UBC to decommission steam lines early. With additional buildings being connected each month, the TEC also reduces UBC’s environmental impact ahead of the full ADES project’s completion. With every building turned over onto hot water early, UBC uses less energy to heat the campus and produces less greenhouse gases.

Time & Cost

Project initiation: May 2013.

Project construction: November 2013 to January 2014.

Project commissioned: February to March 2014.
Cost: $1.15 million.

Project manager

Sam Orr.

Alternative Energy

Project Services is responsible for the delivery of state-of-the-art alternative energy projects including the Academic District Energy System steam to hot water conversion project, the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility and a continuous optimization program to improve the energy performance of existing core academic buildings.