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An investigation into induction versus gas stovetops Leung, Jonathan; Lin, Peter; Mohamed, Rashdan; Lo, Charles


With increasing population, the aging Student Union Building on UBC is scheduled to be rebuilt to better serve student needs. This will include serving thousands of students and faculty members on a daily basis with food. Not only that, but this project aims to help create a more green campus by being a leading example of sustainability, as the food and beverage department will have the largest consumption of energy. This report looks into two main technologies, as well as a third possible candidate to use in preparing food in the new student union building. The technologies in consideration include Induction stovetops, and Gas stovetops. Each of the solutions will be compared in a triple bottom line analysis, comparing the economic, environmental and social impact with each other. After comparison of each technology, it is concluded that induction suits the needs of the campus much better in all three categories. It is seen that economically, while induction stovetops are more expensive on purchase, it is much more efficient in energy consumption, and will save money in the long run, especially when used for thousands of students daily. Environmentally, it is found that due to the higher efficiency, and the possibility that induction stovetops may be powered without creating any harm to the environment, that it is ideal. Lastly it is found that socially, it is better choice due to fact that induction stovetops are safer to work with, and provide no long term health risks when compared to gas stovetops. Therefore induction is considered the better choice in stovetop technologies, and should be used in order to achieve better levels of sustainability in the new Student Union Building. 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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