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UBC Student Union Building


The new AMS Student Union Building will be a unique destination that serves as a gathering place for students to interact and grow a vibrant student community. The building is aiming for LEED Platinum certification. The building size is 23,500 square meters (including renovation) and has a budget of $105 million. The building will be spread over 5 storeys and include areas for social and recreation, bookable, office, food and retail space. AME completed a BC Hydro Energy Study using VE Modeling software to illustrate proposed savings of sustainable mechanical systems compared to standard mechanical systems.  We designed alternative passive energy sources to assist the building in obtaining a LEED Platinum target by harnessing energy from renewable sources and designing a high performance envelope that utilizes heat recovery, efficient lighting, daylight harvesting, natural ventilation, harvesting solar energy, and occupant responsive controls. Sustainable water sources can be achieved by using rainwater in plumbing systems, providing on site water treatment for rainwater. The preferred energy strategy includes using heat recovered from UBC’s district steam condensate to provide the heating and the use of solar heating to provide cooling. Potential hybrid solutions will also be reviewed to optimize payback periods with energy efficiency, capital costs, system complexity, and environmental impact.

Architect: Dialog + B+H
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