Green Buildings

The Green Building Action Plan (GBAP) was approved by the Board of Governors in September, 2018.

The New Green Building Action Plan

The University of British Columbia’s (UBC’s) Green Building Action Plan (GBAP) outlines a holistic pathway for academic and residential buildings at the UBC Vancouver campus to advance towards making net positive contributions to human and natural systems by 2035.

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GBAP Overview

Plan Vision

By 2035, UBC’s buildings will make net positive contributions to human and natural systems.

Plan Structure

For both institutional and residential buildings, the GBAP provides ambitious goals, targets and actions in eight distinct but interrelated component areas: energy, water, materials and resources, biodiversity, health and wellbeing, quality, climate adaptation, and place and experience.

Plan Process and Connection to Research

Actions within each of the 8 component areas of the GBAP are sorted, with highest-priority actions intended to be completed within five years (short term). The actions follow a structured cycle of research, benchmarking, piloting, implementation and monitoring to help inform policy and enable continuous improvement of UBC buildings. 

  1. Research and review to advance knowledge of the component area through staff reviews of international best practices, academic research projects and consultant work.
  2. Benchmark and develop metrics to establish standards of measurement for the component area and set levels of performance.
  3. Pilot new approaches and installations to test, learn and inform the development of policy and practices.
  4. Implement policy and practices to put the experiences of steps 1 to 3 into action and introduce new policy or strengthen existing policy.
  5. Monitor and evaluate to learn from experience and encourage continuous improvement in UBC’s buildings.

Click here to read more about research done by the UBC Sustainability Initiative.

What Would You Like to Learn About?

1. Institutional Building Requirements and InformationRequirements for institutional buildings on the UBC academic campus. 

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2. Residential Building Requirements and InformationRequirements for residential buildings in UBC neighbourhoods.

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3. Links to Teaching, Learning and Research