Building Performance

Living Laboratory

As a living laboratory for urban sustainability innovations, the CIRS building and the performance of its systems are an ongoing source of research and learning. Data from the building’s resource use and systems’ functioning is documented and analyzed in an ongoing basis. As our knowledge of the systems’ performance and the associated sensing, metering, monitoring and controls evolves, performance representations in report documents will be improved and expanded over time.

CIRS role as a living laboratory and the building system’s performance were featured in a case study by High Performing Building magazine in their spring 2015 edition.

Performance Data

CIRS Performance Report, April 2012 – March 2013

CIRS Performance Report, April 2013 – March 2014

CIRS Performance Report, April 2014 – March 2015

CIRS Performance Report, April 2015 – March 2016

CIRS Performance Dashboard, August to October 2013

CIRS Performance Dashboard, November 2013 to January 2014

Optimization Projects

A building like CIRS is a work in progress with ongoing efforts to address building system performance shortcomings and create a better place to study and work.Current optimization projects include:

Lighting Retrofit

This project will ensure that no electric lights remain on in public and service areas of the building when there are adequate levels of natural light in these areas. The work includes the installation of additional photocells, occupancy sensors, switches and timers throughout the building. Additionally, as the existing fluorescent lamps fail they are being replaced with longer life light-emitting diode (LED) lamps that provide equal or better illumination and use substantially less energy.

Water Systems Engineering Review

UBC Building Operations conducted an engineering audit of the rainwater harvesting and reclaimed water treatment systems. Due to some lingering deficiencies these systems have never operated continuously. In accordance with the engineering report recommendations, unreliable and undersized components were replaced or adjusted. The wastewater system is in the initial stages of operational testing. Once this project is completed both the wastewater and the rain water systems will be fully operational.

Earth and Ocean Sciences Rooftop Unit Upgrades

CIRS draws waste heat from the EOS building and supplies upgraded heat in return. This reduces the amount of steam consumed by EOS which is supplied by the campus district energy system. This results in a net reduction of campus natural gas consumption and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The rooftop air-handling units of EOS had reached the end of their useful life and as such were replaced with more energy-efficient units. This provided an opportunity to correct a deficiency of the CIRS-EOS energy system that was preventing CIRS from contributing a significant amount of upgraded heat to EOS.