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%.
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.
“This is the second time we have used CLT in an industrial building on the UBC campus—the first being the Bioenergy Research & Demonstration Facility. Based on our positive experience with that project, it was a natural choice for the Campus Energy Centre. We have found CLT to be durable and cost competitive with steel”.
Paul Holt, Director
Energy and Utilities, University of British Columbia