Located in the suburbs of Vancouver, British Columbia, the newly constructed BC Hydro facility-Maple Ridge is one of 31 hydroelectric stations supporting more than 95 percent of the power for 1.9 million customers. Covering some of the most diverse terrain in the world, including mountains, rivers and forests, the same things that make BC a beautiful place to live also pose major challenges when supplying power. As a result, energy efficiency is key and has been a primary focus for the new substation, which is used as a base for service workers in the area.
To develop the heating and cooling system, engineers needed a solution that was powerful, dynamic and helped maximise the energy efficiency of its condensing boilers. They also wanted something that matched the organic and natural feel of the building’s design.
To heat the space in common areas, seven Built-in wall units were discreetly installed in the walls leading up to exterior-facing windows. Unlike forced air systems, Jaga’s Built-in units eliminate the need for interior ductwork and save space between floors or walls.
In offices and meeting rooms, five of Jaga’s Knockonwood Freestanding units with Dynamic Boost Effect (DBE) technology were installed alongside exterior walls. The first convector made of wood, the Knockonwood helps extend the gorgeous surrounding wooded terrain indoors. The DBE maximizes the power of the convector, providing a viable alternative to expensive and less responsive in-floor heating systems. The DBE fan unit is attached to the heat exchanger within the radiator and draws air over the element – increasing the efficiency of the radiator and helping to quietly circulate air around the room. While the DBE units maintain rapid, effective and accurate room comfort conditions, they can also supply a quick boost of heat, a critical feature for cool BC winters. Each space has individual temperature controls for greater building occupant comfort and is connected to a system controlled by an external signal provider.