Institutional Building Requirements

Sustainability in building policies and practices has been a priority for UBC for over 20 years. How buildings are designed, constructed and operated has significant impacts on the sustainability of our campus as well as the wellbeing of the people who study, work and live here.

Download the Institutional Green Building Action Plan.

Institutional Building Requirements

To improve clarity particularly for renovations and retrofits, institutional green building requirements have been identified for each tier and are as follows:

The Green Building Action Plan Institutional Tier System
Tier 1 New buildings - large

>1000 m2

and/or >$5 million

Tier 2 New buildings - small

<1000 m2

>$5 million

Tier 3

Major project renovations

a) Renewal (includes envelope and mechanical system upgrades)

b) Other (extensive interior upgrades)

>$5 million
Tier 4 Partial fit-outs

<$5 million

>$1 million

Tier 5 System upgrades (ex. chiller replacements, controls etc.) N/A

Component Areas

 The GBAP provides ambitious goals, targets and direction in eight distinct but interrelated component areas: Energy, Water, Quality, Materials & Resources, Climate Adaptation, Health & Wellbeing, Biodiversity, Place & Experience.

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Other Institutional Building Requirements

  1. Institutional Energy and Carbon Targets
  2. LEED Requirements
  3. UBC Integrated Sustainability Process
  4. Climate Ready Requirements 
  5. Waste Requirements for Green Buildings
  6. Bird Friendly Design Guidelines
  7. UBC WBLCA Guidelines

Other UBC Policies and Plans of Interest