Buildings help serve UBC’s academic mission by creating a sustainable, healthy place for teaching, learning and research as well as places to socialize, live and play. Our emerging Green Building Action Plan highlights future priorities that create a pathway for the built environment to contribute to a net-positive campus that promotes human and ecological wellbeing.

Creating the plan last year involved over 30 focus groups and engaged 112 staff, faculty, students and green building consultants to develop actions towards goals in eight component areas.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

INTERCONNECTING EIGHT AREAS OF BUILDING DESIGN

The Green Building Action Plan is a policy framework that outlines incremental improvements for new buildings, renovations and retrofits towards a vision: By 2035, UBC’s buildings will make net positive contributions to human and natural systems.

The Green Building Action Plan will provide a goal-oriented framework and an action plan across eight interconnected areas of building design: energy, water, materials and resources, biodiversity, health and wellbeing, quality, climate adaptation, and place and experience.

Ambitious goals, targets, and actions set for each component will follow a cycle that encourages evaluation and improvement throughout implementation.

At UBC Okanagan, the Whole Systems Infrastructure Plan defines and supports a long-term vision that incorporates environmental, economic and social sustainability outcomes to achieve a net positive impact on the wellbeing of the campus community and ecology.

The plan provides an implementation framework including green building design recommendations to meet performance goals, and strategies beyond the site to benefit the campus as a whole, including connecting buildings to our renewable district energy system.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

GREEN BUILDING INTEGRATED DESIGN PROCESS

UBC Okanagan supports an integrated design process to ensure that disciplines work together to achieve a high level of sustainability. The UBC Sustainability Process brings stakeholders together at the start of the design phase to look for synergies between systems and building components. The benefits of integrated design include higher levels of building performance and occupant comfort, reduced environmental impact, and – with the input of building managers and end users – improved building lifecycle management and user satisfaction.

THE COMMONS: A MULTI-PURPOSE LEARNING FACILITY

Sustainably designed and near completion, the Commons is targeting LEED® Gold Certification, and is connected to the renewable district energy system. It will manage 100% of rainwater accumulation on-site through a raingarden feature, achieving benefits for both the campus community and ecology.

NECHAKO: NEW STUDENT HOUSING AND COMMONS BUILDING

In 2017, UBC Okanagan began designing the Nechako student housing and commons building. This LEED® Gold targeted development will be located adjacent to the University Centre at the south end of the University Residence precinct. It is designed to add 220 units to support our growing student community, with services including a new 500-seat dining hall, central kitchen, and 24-hour access to social amenities and study spaces.

SKEENA: NEW STUDENT RESIDENCE

UBC Okanagan began designing the Skeena student residence project in 2017. In addition to adding 220 additional housing units to the campus, Skeena is targeting Passivehaus certification.