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Analysis of water usage for Robson and Tec de Monterrey, Vanier Residences, UBC Cummings, Cassandra


This report is detailing the analysis of monthly water consumption data for two of the Place Vanier residence buildings on UBC Campus, Robson House and Tec de Monterrey House (Figure 1). Robson was built in 1959, and is the oldest of the 12 Place Vanier residence buildings. Tec de Monterrey was built in 2003 and is the newest of the Place Vanier buildings. I emailed the housing department, but was unable to get exact data on the number of residents in each building. Therefore, I went to the buildings themselves to determine the occupancy data. According to residents of Tec de Monterrey, all the bedrooms in the residence are 1 person rooms. There were 41 rooms on the first floor, and 43 rooms for the 2nd through 6th floors, leading to a calculated occupancy of 256 students. In Robson, a floor plan of each floor was available. I was able to count the number of students currently in each room, reaching a count of 102. The assumption of full residences for the entirety of the study is reasonable given that there are currently more students looking to stay in residence than there are residence rooms. This is unlikely to be a new issue. Exceptions to a full residence would include drop outs and students evicted from residence; however, theoretically, the dropout/eviction rates should be similar for each residence. 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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