Facilities and Campus Development actively integrates sustainable practices for energy management within its operations across all five campuses. These activities result in significant reductions in CO2 emissions and substantial energy savings.
BCIT greenhouse gas emissions by source 2016 (tC02e*)
Total emissions: 8,422
Offsets applied to become carbon neutral in 2016
Total offsets required: 8,418
Total offset investment: $210,450
Emissions which do not require offsets: 4‡
*Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) is a standard unit of measure in which all types of greenhouse gases are expressed based on their global warming potential relative to carbon dioxide.‡ Under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, all emissions from the sources listed above must be reported. As outlined in the regulation, some emissions do not require offsets.
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2016 GHG reduction projects
- Construction of the Factor Four 300 kW biomass boiler system (wood-waste-to-energy) was completed. The system comprises a wood fuel preparation and storage system, a biomass boiler, a state-of-the-art air emissions filtering system, an advanced combustion and emissions monitoring system, and the educational boiler house, which is equipped with large windows, covered outdoor lecture areas, and various displays, all designed to enhance student learning.
- The final phase of DDC hardware upgrades at the Burnaby Campus to current technology was completed. The system is now fully web hosted, and plans for optimization of monitoring and alarm dashboards are underway. Kaizen analytics and fault detection diagnostic software features have recently been activated to help identify inefficient and wasteful equipment operation.
- Approximately 50% of the T-12 lighting was replaced with LED lighting in the Centre for Applied Research Initiatives. The remaining T-12 lights will be replaced in 2017.
- Full HID to LED light conversion was completed in the airplane hangar at the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus. The retrofit included an advance control strategy using wireless controllers to maximize daylight.
Next steps: 2017 and beyondKey activities for the coming years include:
- We are planning the construction of a smart thermal grid for educational purposes that will connect the biomass system to buildings in the Factor Four area.
- Fluorescent lighting will be replaced with LED lighting in NE4 and NW3. This project will set a new green standard for shop lighting.
- BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization program will be implemented at the Downtown Campus. Changes that will improve energy efficiency will include optimizing the HVAC controls systems scheduling and resets and sequencing, upgrading some of the building’s controls, and other low-cost measures.
- Heating controls will be optimized in the majority of the buildings in the Factor Four area, which will reduce GHG emissions. The idea behind the project is to reduce energy waste to the lowest possible levels by only heating the buildings when they are occupied and by optimizing thermal comfort levels by taking into account the occupants’ level of physical activity (classroom versus trades hands-on learning) and the type of heating system (forced-air system versus infrared).