District Energy – Hot Water

In the fall of 2015, UBC will complete the construction of its new hot water generation and distribution system known as the Academic District Energy System (ADES). The $88 million ADES will replace our current steam generation and distribution system.

The transition from steam to hot water has already begun, and 33 buildings have been fully converted to hot water so far. A new state-of-the-art hot water boiler facility known as the Campus Energy Centre (CEC) is currently under construction. The CEC, and the full transition of UBC buildings, will be completed by the end of 2015.

The map below highlights all the buildings that will be connected to the new hot water grid.


Orphan Buildings

There are a handful of “orphan” buildings that won’t be connected to the new hot water system. Most of these sites are either being converted to electric baseboard, or are scheduled for major building refurbishment—with subsequent conversion to hot water—or demolition. In the meantime, buildings awaiting conversion or demolition will receive steam energy from the Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF).