THE BRITISH COLUMBIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
SMART ENERGY RETROFITS THAT INCLUDE ON-DEMAND DUST AND FUME EXTRACTION COUPLED WITH HEAT RECOVERY IN THE VENTILATION SYSTEM HAVE HELPED TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN BCIT’S FACTOR FOUR BUILDINGS BY 80%. SHOWN HERE ARE AERIAL VIEWS OF THE VENTILATION SYSTEMS AND AN ON-DEMAND FAN HOOD DEMONSTRATED BY A WELDING STUDENT.
The Factor Four initiative aims to become an ‘eco-city fractal’ using a regenerative approach: To show that it is possible in a small space as an example of how it may be expanded to wider areas. PUSHING THE ENVELOPE In order to leverage success, the institute is implementing a Sustainable Energy Management Plan (SEMP), revised every three years to raise the bar on BCIT’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy management strategy. SEMP begins by targeting personal behavior patterns affecting lighting and heating usage in tandem with improving energy efficiency at a technological and mechanical level. The next stage of SEMP looks at renewable energy alternatives such as a biomass burner that is currently 60 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE