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2015 Building Award, University of British Columbia

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2015 Building Award, University of British Columbia

  1. 1. Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability Vancouver, BC Canada
  2. 2. •  Two campuses: Vancouver and Kelowna •  25 faculties, five affiliated hospitals •  5,145 faculty members (2,200 clinical) •  48,895 undergraduates;10,764 graduate students •  Among top 40 universities worldwide1 •  Research Leader in Canada2 (science & engineering; and social sciences and humanities) $500m/yr. •  Global leader in clean energy, forestry, sustainable development, health research, and Asian studies •  Commercialization Leader in Canada UBC AT A GLANCE 1  Times Higher Education Reputation Rankings, London, UK – 2012 2  Higher Education Strategy Associates, Toronto, Canada – 2012 2
  3. 3. 1996 2002 2008 2014 Opens C.K Choi Building, setting new green building benchmarks worldwide Integrates sustainability as a core pillar in UBC’s highest level strategic plan Meets Kyoto Protocol GHG reduction targets for academic buildings 5 years early Canada’s first university to adopt a sustainable development policy Approval of 20 Year Sustainability Strategy Opens Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Sets bold targets to reduce GHG emissions 33% by 2015 67% by 2020 100% by 2050 UBC SUSTAINABILITY MILESTONES
  4. 4. Operational Academic DEEPLY INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY Operational Academic Campus as Living Laboratory Agent of Change
  5. 5. REGENERATIVE SUSTAINABILITY: A NEW PARADIGM From “less bad” to “net positive” – two dimensions: Environmental Integrity •  Energy •  Water •  Structural Carbon •  Operational Carbon Human Well-being •  Health •  Happiness •  Productivity
  6. 6. •  Academic Building •  LEED Platinum Certified •  Pursuing Living Building Challenge Recognition •  Gross Area: 5,675 m² (61,085 ft²) •  Total Project Budget: $36,000,000 •  Construction Budget : $24,000,000 •  Substantial Completion: Aug 31, 2011 THE CIRS BUILDING AT A GLANCE View the building overview: http://bit.ly/cirsvideo
  7. 7. A LIVING LABORATORY •  Sustainability showcase •  Building infrastructure = research •  “Process” vs. “product” •  Modular construction •  Flexibility/adaptability •  Plug-and-play
  8. 8. AN INTEGRATED DESIGN PROCESS •  IDP-Revit-BIM •  Lifecycle costing •  Extensive sensing, monitoring and controls •  Access to building performance real-time data
  9. 9. OVERCOMING PROJECT MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES •  Institutional resistance to change •  Confirmed feasibility and a strong business case •  Proposed innovative and creative solutions •  Co-ordination of responsibilities •  Built communication bridges •  Facilitated decision-making by removing real and perceived obstacles •  Demonstrated contribution to goals of UBC and its partner organizations •  Maintaining momentum amid challenges •  Secured “anchor” funding and partners early-on •  Provided frequent updates and continuous follow-up •  Creating synergies among partners/stakeholders •  Developed joint strategic interests and goals •  Created an innovative partnership model – tied with R&D and commercialization
  10. 10. INNOVATIVE BUILDING FEATURES Naturally ventilated atrium Immersive Community Engagement Solar Collectors Living Wall Living Roof Rainwater Chutes Stormwater Management Wastewater Treatment
  11. 11. SYSTEMS THINKING AND INTEGRATION
  12. 12. INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY Energy Strategy: Results in a reduction of UBC’s CO2 emissions by ~150 tonnes/year
  13. 13. TonnesofCO2 Concrete Glass Aluminum Brick Wood CARBON SEQUESTRATION
  14. 14. Rainwater harvested on north, south and west roofs Potable water treatment system Rainwater collected on living roof and landscape areas Local aquifer Potable  Water     (faucets,  showers,  dishwashers)     Treated  Wastewater     (toilets,  urinals,  irriga9on)   Solar Aquatics wastewater treatment plant 90,000L Tank Sub-surface Landscape irrigation Municipal potable water supply (back up) Municipal sewer (back up) Raw sewage (from other buildings) RATIONAL USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
  15. 15. ENGAGING BUILDING INHABITANTS Occupant: Passive recipient of building systems Inhabitant: Engaged, with a sense of place Benefits/Opportunities •  Fresh air •  Day-lighting •  Acoustics •  Food & social spaces •  Feedback •  Control
  16. 16. 3,000 POINTS OF MONITORING (EXCLUDING F/A) •  Total electricity •  Electrical panels (incl. plug loads) •  Solar PV •  Solar hot water •  Domestic water supply •  Rainwater harvesting •  Reclaim water •  Storm-water redirected to aquifer •  Available day-light •  Indoor CO2 and VOC •  Weather-related (RH; CO2; air temp) •  Space controls (radiators; air temp) •  Window status and controls •  Digital video monitors
  17. 17. PUSHING PERFORMANCE BOUNDARIES CIRS Project A Regenerative Sustainability Living Building Challenge Passivhaus (Austria/Germany) Minergie (Switzerland) UBC Standard – LEED Gold Market Reference Project B Project C Project D Project E
  18. 18. ACCELERATING CHANGE/KNOWLEDGE GENERATION
  19. 19. KNOWLEDGE DIFFUSION, DISSEMINATION & IMPACT Contributions through the CIRS Project: 1.  Regenerative Neighbourhoods Summit 2.  CIRS Technical Manual 3.  20-year Sustainability Strategy 4.  Industrial Ecology: Sustainability Street Pilot 5.  Wood Building Case Studies
  20. 20. ACHIEVEMENTS •  LEED Platinum Certified, Canada Green Building Council, 2013 •  Sustainable Development Award | Golder Associates, 2013 •  Wood Design Awards of BC | WoodWORKS! 2013 •  Architectural Innovation Award | Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), 2012 •  Award for Engineering Excellence | Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – BC (ACEC- BC), 2012 •  Excellence in Structural Engineering Award | National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA), 2012 •  Wood Design Award | Canadian Wood Council, Wood Design & Building, 2012 •  Best Office or Commercial Design & Readers’ Choice Winner | Treehugger Best of Green, 2011 & 2012

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