Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP) 3.1

Building a sustainable community includes setting high standards for UBC’s residential developments. The Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP) is a comprehensive, UBC-specific green building rating system for mandatory application to all multi-unit residential construction in the neighbourhoods, which supports the movement towards a new positive position.
UBC's Hawthorn Neighbourhood
UBC's Hawthorn Neighbourhood

About REAP

UBC created REAP to guide the development of all residential buildings planned for the UBC Vancouver campus. All new multi-unit residential buildings at UBC must achieve a minimum REAP Gold certification. 

Compared to standard residential buildings, REAP ensures lower consumption of water, energy and resources, and higher-quality indoor environments and construction practices. REAP building standards also reduce the environmental impact on both the building site and the larger community. After meeting all mandatory measures, developers select from a wide range of optional measures, in any of the performance categories below, to earn a REAP certification.

REAP 3.1

Download the REAP 3.1 Reference Manual

REAP 3.1 improves upon the previous version (3.0) by aligning with the British Columbia Building Code's Energy Step Code. REAP 3.1 also includes an update to electric vehicle charging requirements and building commissioning requirements. We are currently working on updates to REAP, which will align with the goals of the Green Building Action Plan.

REAP 3.1 applies to projects that have been issued a development permit after September 27, 2018.

Learn more about REAP 3.1:

REAP 3.1 Checklist REAP 3.1 Interpretations

REAP 3.0

REAP 3.0 applies to projects that were issued a development permit before September 28, 2018. 

REAP currently awards points in seven performance categories:

  1. Sustainable Sites
  2. Water Efficiency
  3. Energy and Atmosphere
  4. Materials and Resources
  5. Construction
  6. Indoor Environmental Quality
  7. Innovation and Design Process

REAP Buildings at UBC

REAP certified buildings are listed in the Green Building Directory.


When the planning process for our residential UTown@UBC community began, no green building rating systems existed that could be applied to wood frame residential building types planned for the University. UBC Properties Trust, UBC Architecture professor Dr. Ray Cole and his students, Campus & Community Planning, and Campus Sustainability worked collaboratively to develop REAP. The program is modeled after the US Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System.