Paper Conference

Proceedings of eSim 2020: 11th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Climate Change Impact on Utility of District Heating in New Development Context

Justin Francis McCarty, Adam M Rysanek
The University of British Columbia, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Canada

Abstract: In Southwest British Columbia climate change of any degree is expected to lead to the increased need for cooling systems in buildings. This presents cities such as Vancouver with a new challenge in building design, as the existing paradigm dictates that cooling is not necessary for achieving comfort in buildings. This project will investigate the impact of introducing cooling systems to new development in a Marine climate. A high-density development that is nearing construction will serve as the test subject for urban energy simulations under present and future climate conditions. A morphed weather file for the district is used to represent climate change in line with a radiative forcing of 8.5 W m⁻² by the end of the century. This paper will conclude by identifying several pathways for the development that achieve comfort, minimize carbon emissions, and are economical.