Water Conservation Brings Additional Benefits

Water Conservation Brings Additional Benefits

In 2016-2017, UBC’s Energy and Water Services executed a project to modernize laboratory process cooling infrastructure in the Brimacombe building from open-loop water cooling to a closed-loop heat recovery system.

The project was integrated with the Quantum Matter Institute and enables the capture of waste heat for re-use in other parts of the building, while eliminating the need for domestic cold water to provide cooling. It is expected to save 40 million litres of water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 340 tonnes each year.