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Evaluation and implementation of practical energy savings measures for UBC’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools Giffin, Jeff


The following is a proposal to modify the heating system of the Aquatic Center and Empire Pool such that both pools are heated with steam condensate collected from neighboring buildings. The proposed Neighborhood Condensate Heat Recovery Project will provide 100% of the heating requirements for UBC’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools and generate immediate operational savings from reductions in water, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions. The project will: • Save an estimated 10,000m3 of water per annum • Reduce steam production by 13,000 KLBS/yr (1.7% of annual production) • Reduce natural gas consumption through improved steam system efficiency of 9400 GJ/yr • Reduce campus Greenhouse gas emissions by 468 tonnes/yr (0.75%) • Provide compatible infrastructure for future hot water district energy system • Cost an estimated $428,000 CAD • Generate savings for UBC Utilities of $272,000 per annum • Payback in 1.6 years 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”.

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