Component Areas (Residential)

The eight correlated but distinct component areas of the Green Building Action Plan guide the Residential Building Requirements that were approved by the UBC Board of Governors in September 2018.

Learn more about each of the component areas by clicking on the expanders below:

Download full details on the Energy component area in the Green Building Action Plan.

Buildings provide nearly 30% of regional GHG emissions and nearly half of emissions from the UBC residential neighbourhoods.

Residential energy targets

Component Goals

  1. UBC buildings and landscapes will advance the campus towards net positive energy and greenhouse gas neutrality by reducing energy demand and focusing on site-specific passive design approaches.
  2. UBC buildings will have indoor thermal environments that are comfortable and enhance health and wellbeing.
  3. UBC will integrate lessons learned to improve building energy performance.

Residential Energy Policies

Emerging Energy Policy

  • Residential Environmental Assessment 3.2 & 4.0
  • Stadium Road Neighbourhood Planning
  • Direction for Renovation & Retrofit

External Energy Policies and Initiatives

Technical Studies and Reports

Wesbrook Place water feature

 

Download full details on the Water component area in the Green Building Action Plan.

In the Lower Mainland of BC there exists a relative abundance of water. However, there are still times when water supplies are low or deficient. UBC will be a leader in conserving water and will improve rainwater management by managing this valuable resource and supporting the regional water balance between water use and rainfall.

Component Goals

  1. UBC will practise responsible water management and use at the building and site scale by advancing water conservation and efficiency, exploring alternative water supply and treatment solutions and building water supply resiliency.
  2. UBC will use a low-impact development approach to rainwater management at the site scale to mitigate risk and respect the natural hydrology of the campus.

Existing Water Policies and Plans

Emerging Water Policy

  • Guidelines for Alternative Water Supply Source & Systems in Buildings
  • Stadium Neighbourhood Planning

External Water Policies and Initiatives

Life Sciences building construction

Download full details on the residential Materials & Resources component area in the Green Building Action Plan.

In the Materials & Resources component area, UBC will incrementally reduce the environmental impact of buildings through building materials choices, construction techniques and the diversion of waste from landfill during construction and occupancy.

Component Goals

  1. UBC will prioritize the use of building materials that have net positive environmental impacts.
  2. UBC will support marketplace transformation by designing buildings with materials that are not harmful to human and ecological health.
  3. UBC will support the development of the circular economy by promoting the adaptation, reuse and recycling of materials and products during a building’s lifetime.

Residential Materials & Resources Policies

Emerging Materials & Resources Policy

  • Residential Environmental Assessment Program 3.2 & 4.0
  • Stadium Road Neighbourhood Planning
  • Guidelines for Healthy Building Materials

Wesbrook Place forest

Download full details on the residential Biodiversity component area in the Green Building Action Plan.

Biodiversity is the richness of plant and animal species, their ecosystems, and the ecological processes that sustain them.

Component Goals

  1. UBC will develop highly functioning landscapes at the building and site scales to contribute to biodiversity and natural ecosystem processes.
  2. UBC will engage campus teaching and research opportunities to enhance biodiversity management capacity.

Residential Biodiversity Policies

Emerging Biodiversity Policy

  • Residential Environmental Assessment Plan 3.2 & 4.0
  • Stadium Road Neighbourhood Planning

External Biodiversity Policies and Initiatives

Wesbrook community centre

Download full details on the residential Health & Wellbeing component area in the Green Building Action Plan.

UBC’s neighbourhood environments, both built and natural, play a vital role in the physical, mental and social wellbeing of all students, staff and faculty.

Component Goals

  1. UBC will enhance the mental, physical and social dimensions of wellbeing by making them integral to building and landscape design decisions.
  2. UBC researchers, community stakeholders and building occupants will be engaged in a meaningful and ongoing way to inform building design decisions around health and wellbeing.
  3. UBC will become a leader in enhancing wellbeing through the built environment within the context of higher education in Canada.

Residential Health & Wellbeing Policies

Emerging Health & Wellbeing Policy

  • Residential Environmental Assessment Program 3.2 & 4.0
  • Stadium Road Neighbourhood Planning
  • Principles for Health & Wellbeing in Building Design

External Health & Wellbeing Policies and Initiatives

Wesbrook Place quality

Download full details on the Quality component area in the Green Building Action Plan.

Quality is defined as that which makes a building reliable, durable, resilient, comfortable, dependable, and a contributor to the UBC brand.

Component Goals

  1. UBC buildings and landscapes will be durable, reliable and resilient.

Residential Quality Policies

Emerging Quality Policy

  • Residential Environmental Assessment Program 3.2 & 4.0
  • Stadium Road Neighbourhood Planning

Wesbrook Place climate adaptation

Download full details on the residential Climate Adaptation component area in the Green Building Action Plan.

Through historic evidence and future modelling we know that temperatures will continue to rise as a result of climate change.

Component Goals

  1. UBC buildings and landscapes will have the resilience to respond to both anticipated and unpredictable changes in climate.
  2. UBC will engage with researchers in a meaningful and ongoing way to inform building policy and guidelines around climate adaptability.

Emerging Climate Adaptation Policy

  • Residential Environmental Assessment Program 3.2 & 4.0
  • Stadium Road Neighbourhood Planning
  • Resiliency Initiative

Technical Studies and Reports

External Climate Adaptation Policies and Initiatives

Wesbrook Place experience

Download full details on the residential Place & Experience component area in the Green Building Action Plan.

UBC already has ambitious and successful place-making policy and is looking for improvements and synergies with other themes to carry through to new neighbourhoods.

Component Goals

  1. UBC buildings and landscapes will provide opportunities for collaboration, innovation and community development to reflect the social and environmental sustainability aspirations of the University.

Residential Place & Experience Policies

Emerging Place & Experience Policy

  • Residential Environmental Assessment Program 3.2 & 4.0
  • Stadium Road Neighbourhood Planning

Wesbrook Place

 

Download full details on the Process component area in the Green Building Action Plan.

It is important to leverage and build upon existing processes to ensure that sustainability objectives inform development from project inception to post-occupancy performance tracking.

Component Goals

  1. UBC policies and processes will support the achievement of the GBAP component goals and targets.
  2. GBAP component goals and targets will be communicated and easily accessible to internal and external stakeholders.
  3. UBC will integrate lessons learned from each project to improve building designs.
  4. UBC buildings will be evaluated as opportunities for research, innovation and continuous improvement.
  5. UBC will commit to monitoring and benchmarking building performance to encourage continuous improvement on campus and in relation to industry standards.