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Designing a root cellar for the Alma Mater Society's new Student Union Building Jonathan, Eric; Karnadi, Gregorius Gerry; Khodyat, Ida; Liu, Marlon; Wu, Vicky


The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is building a new Student Union Building (SUB) to be a leader in green building technology by achieving LEED certified platinum status by the Canada Green Building Council. As part of the designs, a root cellar is to be included in this plan. The goal of this project and paper is to design and evaluate the benefits of having a root cellar. The benefits of a root cellar were evaluated by considering the economic, environmental and social benefits and challenges of storing large quantities of produce purchased in bulk wholesale versus weekly purchase orders. Conceptual design of the cellar was based on the goal of achieving a net zero energy consumption to fit with LEED Certification. A needs assessment was performed for the AMS Food and Beverage department to determine what crops would be best suited for storage in the root cellar. A seasonal buying guide was then prepared for the root cellar based on the findings of the needs assessment report. The final product presented is a medium to large size, roughly 300 square foot facility used to store primarily root vegetables. The cellars construction and physical design parameters are based off of BC government recommended building guide lines for a small root cellar. 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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