University of British Columbia evolves into a sustainability lab
Pushing Boundaries for a Greener World
“The University of British Columbia is in the process of converting its entire campus into an urban sustainability laboratory,” writes Randy Shore in a feature article published in the Vancouver Sun newspaper.
“At the heart of this initiative is a new building set to open this summer that will generate electricity, purify rainwater, regulate its energy requirements with plants, and reduce the university's carbon footprint in the process.”
The $37-million Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) building now under construction after 11 years of planning represents a new sustainability agenda.
Plans are underway to convert the entire campus into a single integrated energy system with a biogas plant and campus-wide hot water heat.
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When it opens in spring 2011, CIRS will be the most innovative and high performance building in North America, serving as a living laboratory to demonstrate leading-edge research and develop sustainable design practices, products, systems and policies.
Posted January 2011