Institutional Energy Targets

Depending on building use, UBC has energy performance targets (see table below) for new projects and major renovations. The targets help to reduce building energy use and emissions over time and support UBC’s climate action plan targets on the demand side.

Summary of Energy Targets

The institutional energy targets in kwh/m2/year are referred to in the table below, will be developed for all new buildings and major renovations based on the following table:  

 

Student Housing

High-Intensity Science Building

Low-Intensity Science Building

Office, Classroom and/or Library

 

Thermal Energy Demand Intensity (TEDI)

Domestic Hot Water (DHW)

Energy Use Intensity (EUI)

TEDI

DHW

EUI

TEDI

DHW

EUI

TEDI

DHW

EUI

2020

30

30

120

55

15

370

35

15

190

30

5

130

2025

20

30

110

45

15

360

25

15

180

20

5

120

2030

15

30

95

35

15

350

15

15

170

15

5

115

 

The energy performance targets, expressed in kWh/m2/yr, are identified in a project’s Design Brief and are based on the uses within the building. A project’s design team will be given an opportunity to review and discuss the targets and their implication for building design; after final agreement on the targets the project shall be designed to meet this required performance.

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UBC’s Approach to Energy Design

UBC seeks to design and construct buildings that minimize energy consumption and are optimized for renewable energy sources. Building energy demand should be reduced through the following hierarchy, which can be applied across all building types:

  1. Use less energy – apply passive design strategies
    • Passive design strategies have significant potential to decrease energy use in buildings and to improve users’ comfort. An integrated design process is critical to ensure that the passive design strategies are considered at the appropriate time and in the appropriate sequence and combination. Consider: building orientation, building shape and massing, space planning related to passive energy savings strategies, window and glazing design and exterior solar management (see Vancover Campus Plan Section 2.3.10).
  2. Maximize thermal performance and air tightness of the building envelope.
  3. Use energy efficiently – incorporate efficient and right sized active systems
    • Design low temperature radiant systems to use lower grades of energy. Connect building to the District Energy system or design to be District Energy compatible where applicable. 
    • Use heat recovery opportunities.
    • For laboratories: use the Environmental Performance Criteria from Labs 21.
  4. Use low- and zero-carbon sources of energy.
  5. Minimize electrical peak demand to reduce future campus electrical infrastructure.  Avoid the use of electrical baseboard heaters.