UBC - Fred Kaiser Building

UBC Fred Kaiser Building, Carmanah rooftop solar photovoltaic systemUBC Fred Kaiser Building, Carmanah rooftop solar photovoltaic system
Client: 
Prestige Glass
Capacity (kW): 
7
Locations: 
Vancouver , BC
Commercial Operation: 
2005

The University of British Columbia’s Office of Sustainability and Planning was involved in the construction of the new Fred Kaiser building at UBC’s main hall, for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Their mandate is to integrate “green buildings” and environmental practices for all new buildings on the UBC campus. Funding from UBC’s Office of Sustainability and Planning, the Federal Government and a single private donation helped provide a 7.0 kW grid-tie system by Carmanah.

Carmanah designed the photovoltaic system in partnership with Stantec Consulting. The system runs parallel to UBC’s local utility grid and is designed to supply the building with a percentage of its operating electrical load, which is roughly 6.5 megawatts annually. 48 solar modules were sealed into double-glazed units to fit into the specific structural elements of the building’s skylight. These solar modules act as a power supply while also serving a structural and architectural purpose.