UBC Campus Energy Centre

The CEC is an integral part of the university’s greenhouse gas reduction program with the new high efficiency water heating plant and district hot-water distribution loop replacing the pre-existing steam boiler plant constructed in 1925, reducing emissions by 33%.

Wood Use

The primary structure of the boiler process area is a Douglas fir glue laminated timber post and beam frame, with enclosing walls of seven ply (245mm thick) cross laminated timber (CLT) panels and sloping CLT roof panels. The 20-metre high CLT panels create a unified enclosure around the mechanical equipment, giving the vast space a sense of warmth, unusual in an industrial building.

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