UBC Graduate Research

Ocean Heat Pump Regulatory Review Eweka, Eugene


As part of UBC’s plan to reduce its GHG emissions significantly, the University’s Energy Centre is working towards installing an ocean-source heat pump for the Vancouver campus. This paper explored the multitude of regulations and requirements from the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments, to support setting up an ocean-source heat pump as a supplementary heat source for UBC’s Vancouver campus buildings. A general evaluation of the potential impacts of the ocean heat pump project was presented in this paper. The paper also summarizes the feedback obtained from a broad stakeholder engagement process conducted from September to November 2020, to enable UBC identify, manage and address the needs and concerns of stakeholders with setting up an ocean-source heat pump at the Vancouver campus. This report is to serve as a guiding document and reference resource for the entire ocean source heat pump project implementation process at UBC, and for future expansion or similar research projects. 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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