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Historical water usage of campus infrastructure : UBC Vancouver : Marine Drive Residence, building 6 Lee, Mike 2014-10-10

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 UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student ReportMichael LeePlanning for Water Resource ManagementPLAN 597October 10, 201411451688University of British Columbia Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report”.  PLAN 597 Planning for Water Resource Management Historical Water Usage of Campus Infrastructure UBC Vancouver – Marine Drive Residence, Building 6 Prepared by: Mike Lee (  October 10, 2014   Introduction UBC has recently undertaken the task to “greenify” the campus; with plans to have zero net carbon emissions by 2050, the university has been busy upgrading older buildings with energy efficient fixtures. As well, the university has been installing new water-reduction fixtures in buildings in order to reduce water consumption. Many of the buildings (laboratories, residences, lecture halls, etc) have already had this work completed, but as of yet no quantitative analysis has been completed to determine the effectiveness of the project. Under the supervision of Dr. Honey-Roses, students from PLAN 597 have set out to complete this analysis. This submission details the historical water usage of Marine Drive Residence – Building 6. This building has not had any fixture retrofits completed, however it is a relatively new construction (completed July 2008) and the water usage is still of interest to determine how it compares to older buildings, as well as older buildings with new fixtures. Marine Drive residence was completed mid 2008, and consists of five buildings that house students (three towers, two “podiums”) as well as a central commons block. The entire complex houses approximately 1600 students, and while an official number could not be found, staff at the Marine Drive front desk indicated there are approximately 350 students who have year-round housing in building 6. Using monthly data obtained from UBC for the period of January 2010 – September 2014, this report investigates general trends in water usage and will provide a framework to compare Marine Drive Building 6 water usage to other on-campus buildings. The majority of data was transcribed as-is, with a few exceptions: In two cases there were missing data entries, and the water usage for that month was calculated as the average of the preceding 12 months. In one case the data entry for one of the registers did not make sense, and was ignored, with a similar estimation completed. And finally, the initial January 2010 reading appears to be higher than the February reading and has been ignored (see attached raw data).   The choice of monthly data was not intentional – UBC only keeps monthly or quarterly records. As a relatively new building, quarterly data did not provide sufficient data points. However, monthly data is sufficient to compare this building to others on campus. Higher frequency readings would not help in this analysis, but could prove interesting to investigating patterns within student life, such as normal waking hours, hours spent in residence, etc.   Renovation Discussions Marine Drive Building 6 has not undergone any fixture retrofits.   


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