“Green” is the Way of the Future for UBC

UBC Proposed Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability Building. Image Credit: Perkins and Will.

Going green isn’t just good for the environment – it can also generate good publicity.  A growing segment of the population is now interested in investing in environmentally-friendly home and office spaces.  According to a recent article published in the Vancouver Sun, the University of British Columbia will soon be jumping on the green bandwagon.

The school plans to turn its entire campus into a “single integrated system,” by using devices that will generate electricity onsite, process rainwater, and regulate and insulate temperatures via the use of plants.  Older, pre-existing buildings will be slowly updated with “green” heating, cooling and processing systems, while new buildings will be built in strict accordance to LEED’s certification parameters.

UBC is partnering with Honeywell, BC Hydro, and the City of Vancouver, among many other industry leaders, to bring their plan to fruition.

A $37 million building will act as the project’s flagship.  Currently under construction, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), building is a result of 11 years of tireless planning and research.  It will be equipped with all the latest and greatest green technology and will help to usher in a new era of sustainability for UBC and the city of Vancouver.

The CIRS building will include a “living wall” comprised of plant life that will help regulate the building’s temperature, while heat will be collected from a ventilation exhaust system.  It is estimated that UBC’s green initiatives will result in an 860 megawatt reduction in the burning of natural gas.

While converting the entire campus will take some time and is estimated to cost “hundreds of millions” of dollars the project will be rolled out slowly, albeit consistently.  The university is interested in investing in the long-term growth of the school, while setting an example for the rest of the community.

For more information about the University of British Columbia’s green initiatives, and to see a video about the CIRS building, visit UBC Sustainability.


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