UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

Vancouver, BC

With many finishes, facade, and structure constructed of pine-beetle-kill wood, this building captures and stores about 600 tonnes of CO₂ greenhouse gases; more than the total required for construction.

Constructed with Glulam beams and columns throughout, supporting primarily exposed solid laminated 2x4 floors, wood was used to its maximum capabilities. The net-positive design incorporates seven different ways (energy, structural carbon, operational carbon, water, etc.) the building generates its own power from waste and renewable resources, while producing drinking water from collected rainwater. The potable water produced can provide up to a three-month supply. With a closed-loop system, it produces 100% reclaimed water from all fixtures of the building and reuses it for irrigation and washrooms.

This project used roughly 940 cubic meters of wooden products which can be grown as quickly as three minutes within British Columbia forests alone. With an approximate total of 2173 metric tons of carbon dioxide (by using wood over other building materials, and the amount stored within the wood), it is the equivalent of removing 415 cars from the road for one year, or the energy to operate a home for 185 years.

This project was LEED® Platinum certified.

Read the case study.

Architect : Perkins + Will


⦁ North American Wood Design & Building Award - 2012

⦁ Excellence in Structural Engineering Award for New Buildings 30$ to 100$ Million - 2010

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