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An investigation into the implementation of Pavegen tiles in the Student Union Building Streifel, Ryan; Alyward, Steve; Meyer, Evan; Shah, Kush


The purpose of this report is to provide the details of a feasibility study regarding the installation of Pavegen tiles in the new Student Union Building at UBC. The study was conducted based on a triple bottom line analysis, considering economic, social and environmental factors of the manufacture, transport, installation, service life and disposal of the product. There is limited information available regarding the manufacturing process of the product as this is considered a trade secret, however a reasonable qualitative/comparative analysis was performed. A qualitative description of the emissions associated with transport and disposal is presented, as well as a quantitative cost analysis of the product through its service life. It is difficult to quantitatively analyze the potential social effects of the project, but by utilizing survey data collected from previous SEEDS project reports on similar topics, a justifiable projection was attained. The report concludes with a summary and analysis of the findings in the form of recommendations as to how the project should move forward. Briefly put, we have determined that the current proposal for an installation of Pavegen tiles is not desirable or in line with the goal of sustainability and increased environmental awareness held by the new SUB. Instead, we suggest an alternative implementation scheme using a smaller number of tiles in conjunction with other innovative green technologies in a space we have tentatively dubbed the "Green Corner." 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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