Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Upcoming Event: UBC Campus Energy Tour with FREE PIZZA

From 2011 to 2016, UBC spent $88 million upgrading its district energy system from steam to hot water. The heart of this new system is Campus Energy Centre (CEC), a $24 million state of the art boiler plant on Agronomy Rd. 

A new district energy system was needed, since the steam system constructed in the 1920s was nearing the end of its useful lifespan. Another reason for the upgrade was to combat climate change. UBC discovered that 80% of its carbon footprint was from the natural gas used to heat buildings. The new hot water system is expected to save 24% of this natural gas.

The CEC is targeting LEED Gold Certification and will become only the 2nd UBC building to achieve this status.

Click here to see timelapse of the CEC's construction. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Upcoming Events: TELUS Garden Presentation (April 18) and YEA Brewery Crawl (April 28)

Hello Folks,

The UBC ASHRAE Student Chapter is pleased to invite all student members to an upcoming Telus Garden design presentation on April 18 as well as the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Brewery Crawl on April 28. These events can be an interesting way to de-stress during and after the final exams season. Details regarding both events are listed below:

TELUS Garden Design Presentation (April 18)

TELUS Garden Building on Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Date: April 18, 2016 (Monday)
  • Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: Room 2875, Building SW-5 (SW5-2875), BCIT Burnaby Campus (Click Here for Burnaby Campus Map)
  • Key Presenter(s): Goran Ostojic, Kenneth Ng (Integral Group)
  • Description:
    The TELUS Garden building opened up in September 2015 as Vancouver's greenest office tower and features a mix of LEED Platinum office and retail spaces in addition to LEED Gold residential spaces. With a cost of $750 million CAD, key design highlights include radiant heating and cooling, high performance glazing, displacement ventilation, solar PV arrays, rain-water collection and a unique district waste-to-energy system which provides for 80% of the building's heating and cooling demands from TELUS data centers. This design presentation will be led by Goran Ostojic, Vice President Western Canada at Integral Group.
    Refreshments will be provided.
  • RSVP (optional but highly recommended):
  • Cost: Free Admission
YEA Brewery Crawl (April 28)
  • Date: April 28, 2016 (Thursday)
  • Time: 6:00 pm (See Tentative Schedule in Description)
  • Location: Various - East Vancouver. (Click Here for Map of All Locations)
  • Description:
    Come network and connect with Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) members alongside some great craft beer! Enjoy beverages and cruise local breweries that you may or may not have ever stepped into. Drinks will be at your own expense. Tentative schedule is as follows:
    1) Strange Fellows Brewing Company (meet here at 6:00pm)
    2) Off the Rails Brewing
    3) Bomber Brewing
    4) Callister Brewing
    5) Possibly More
  • RSVP (required): RSVP to Mike Kasuya, YEA Chairman at 604-363-3951 or
  • Cost: Free Admission (limited space, please RSVP as soon as possible)

Hope to see you all at these events.

Warm Regards,

Samarth Joshi
UBC ASHRAE Student Chapter

Sunday, January 24, 2016

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Design Tour Update

Hello Folks,

After a very informative presentation on the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Harley Grusko, Ken Newbert and Gary Rhode back in October, we are pleased to follow up with a grand tour of the facility that presents a unique opportunity to visually experience the excellence in sustainable design. In addition to the event information circulated via email, newsletters, campus ads and social media, the most up-to-date event information regarding the tour is as follows:

Date: Monday, January 25, 2016
Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
LocationThe meeting point for the tour is the main entrance to the Visitor Centre of VanDusen Botanical Gardens located off 5251 Oak Street at West 37th Avenue (see map image below). Parking is available off W 37th Avenue. If you are unable to locate the tour group, email us at For detailed directions, visit this page.

No prior sign-up/registration is necessary but you may confirm attendance using this simple RSVP Form.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the event.


Samarth Joshi

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Design Presentation and Tour

Hello Folks,

The UBC ASHRAE Student Chapter is pleased to announce a grand showcase of design excellence through a presentation followed by tour of the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. 

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
The focus of this presentation and tour will be the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, a LEED Platinum certified building completed in 2011. Designed through inspiration from an orchid leaf, the highly sustainable building truly reflects nature, producing enough energy on an annual basis to meet its own requirements. The project is also pursuing the Living Building Challenge – a certification program that addresses development at seven performance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity, and Beauty.

The architectural design was completed by Perkins+Will while Integral Group provided mechanical, electrical and energy modelling consulting services in the design of this ‘living building’ with net zero energy and zero combustion energy plants.

The agenda for the presentation is as follows while the tour is scheduled to be arranged later in the semester:
  • Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
  • Time: 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm
  • Location: Hugh Dempster Pavilion - Room 101 (DMP 101)
  • Presenters:
    • Architectural Design: Harley Grusko, Perkins+Will
    • Mechanical Design: Ken Newbert, Integral Group
    • Electrical Design: Gary Rhode, Integral Group
      Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the event.


Samarth Joshi

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Update

Hello Folks,

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and the last few days of 2014. This is just a quick post to provide an update on what we have planned for the upcoming year.

Firstly, I am very delighted to take up presidential role from Manny. I would like to congratulate Manny for finishing his degree after presiding over the Student Chapter for the very eventful past 1.5 years. I wish Manny all the best in his future endeavors. At the same time, I would like to welcome Arwinder Jaspal, who will be taking over as the UBC ASHRAE Student Chapter's Vice-President during the next semester. Arwinder is a fourth-year Mech Undergrad Student who is expected to be graduating at the end of the upcoming semester. Mallory and Maxwell continue to be part of the executive team as Secretary and Treasurer.

Dr. William Bahnfleth
Secondly, we have a guest presentation coming up very soon! On January 7th, we plan on having a
seminar at UBC delivered by a very distinguished guest, Dr. William Bahnfleth from Penn State University. Dr. Bahnfleth is Professor and Director of the Indoor Environment Center in the Department of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in University Park, PA. Dr. Bahnfleth is also an ASHRAE Society Past President and an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer. We hope to gain interesting insight on emerging HVAC trends during the brief seminar. The tentative location and time is as follows:

When: January 7, 2015; 2pm - 3pm (Exact time TBD)
Where: BC Hydro Theater, CIRS (2260 West Mall)

Stay tuned for updated information regarding this upcoming event via website, email and e-neus notifications. Additionally, interested ASHRAE Student members also have an opportunity to attend evening talks by Dr. Bahnfleth during ASHRAE BC Chapter's Past President's Meeting on the same day. During this event at the Italian Cultural, Dr. Bahnfleth will be speaking about the ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) labelling program. More details regarding the evening event and registration can be found by following the link below:

Lastly, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Samarth Joshi