At SoCE’s 2012 workshop on Ecocity Education, Kirstin Miller from Ecocity Builders (ecocitybuilders.org) led a group of staff in a discussion about implementation of the 2009 Sustainability Charrette report, with emphasis given to the near-term implementation ideas covered under the category of “Street Repair.” A presentation was given on progress in the Factor IV area […]
Building A Micro-Thermal Grid For Education
District heating (sometimes called district energy or thermal grids) consists of a network of pipes that supplies heat to a ‘district’ of buildings for space heating, domestic hot water, and in some cases even cooling purposes. This network can be fed by one central or several decentralized heating sources, including waste heat (also called heat […]
Energy Efficient Smart Dust Extraction System in Joinery and Carpentry
BCIT has installed a new more efficient dust extraction system for the wood Trades buildings. The old system consisted of six constant-volume units that could be only on or off and would work at full capacity no matter how much dust was generated. The new system has two-fans that can use variable speeds. Sensors and […]
What About the Building Envelope?
Before spending money on improving the heating systems in the Factor IV buildings, shouldn’t we make sure the heat isn’t escaping the building first? It would be wasteful to heat a building full of holes. Sometimes the simple solution is the best option.
A BCIT Student Studies The Value Of Daylight Sensors In NE1 Atrium
A BCIT student completed a study to identify potential savings related to having daylight sensors in NE1’s Atrium (near the cafeteria) and all other atrium on all BCIT campuses. The idea is simple: make sure we don’t use artificial lighting (and associated energy) when not needed, i.e. when it’s a blue sky day and plenty of sunlight […]
Full Review Of Interior Lights – What Kind Of Redesign Is Needed?
With the help of Prism Engineering, a full review of interior lighting has been completed for NE2, NE4 and NE6 to look for ways to reduce energy consumption. The recommendations from the study, if all implemented, could result in energy savings of over 157,000 kWh and demand savings of 29 kW each year. The bundle […]
“Bringing Back” Daylight Under The Canopy
BCIT’s carpentry students construct and assemble many projects under a large outdoor canopy. However, even though they are outside, there is not enough daylight for them to work safely. Artificial lighting is therefore needed under the canopy roof even on a blue sky day. The good news is that the canopy was designed with the […]
Chief Instructor And Associate Dean Look At Welding Outside For Piping Programs
How about building a shed and welding outside. After all, students working in the oil and gas industry will weld outside. Other trades are working under canopies to give students a real idea of what working conditions will be like. Welding indoors requires a lot of electricity and natural gas for proper ventilation and make-up […]
Students Explore The Possibility of Welding Virtually
A team of BCIT Business Operations Management students investigated the feasibility of integrating a Virtual Welding System (VWS) into the welding program at BCIT. The purpose of the study was to determine if the integration of a VWS could reduce the environmental impact and carbon emissions within the Factor IV area, meet the requirements of […]
Creating an Energy Baseline
The Factor 4 team started by creating an energy baseline, i.e. a detailed list of the energy consumption at the building level, for all buildings located in the Factor 4 area. This baseline is the cornerstone of Factor 4 as it provides the exact energy reduction target needed to reach a four-fold reduction in energy throughput. More info […]
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