Water Conservation and Innovation

Water Conservation and Innovation

In early 2016, with the help of specialized in-house Building Operations expertise, UBC’s Energy Planning and Innovation (EPI) team executed a project to convert 12 environmental chambers in the Forest Sciences Centre from open-loop water cooling to a closed-loop heat recovery system. The heat recovery loop removes the waste heat from the chambers, keeping the research at the required constant temperature, while making the heat available for re-use in other parts of the building. At the same time, this eliminates the use of domestic cold water for cooling, saving 42 million litres of water per year and $32,500 in water costs.