The Brock Commons Tallwood Building is unique in the use of mass hybrid timber structure: 16 storeys of mass timber over a concrete podium with concrete stair cores. Learn more about the building services, structural systems, and construction and design process.

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2016
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

This research looks into developing, applying and analyzing a new impact assessment methodology for community-based district energy systems in consort with developing and running airborne pollutant dispersion, population exposure and life cycle modeling scenarios with the consultation of UBC’s Engineers at the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF).

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2018
Olga Petrov

The biomass cogeneration system of the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF) consists of fuelling the cogeneration engine with conditioned syngas in place of natural gas.

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2018
UBC Sustainability

The biomass heat generation system in the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF) uses wood waste from wood manufacturing and municipal trimmings as a renewable source of biomass.

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2018
UBC Sustainability

The Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF), located at the UBC Vancouver campus, is an energy generation facility that processes renewable biomass sourced from urban wood waste to generate thermal energy for heating campus buildings. BRDF is a signature Campus as a Living Lab project, integrating UBC’s core academic mandate of research and teaching with a campus energy supply system.

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2018
UBC Sustainability

The CIRS building was designed to push the envelope of sustainable performance in both environmental and human terms by providing net positive benefits to both its surroundings and its inhabitants.

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2019
UBC Campus + Community Planning

As part of a tall wood building research program with the UBC Sustainability Initiative and Dept. of Civil Engineering, a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) study was done of two student high-rise residential buildings, based on the result of whole building LCA done by Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and whole building LCC done by Sensible Building Science.

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2018

Brock Commons Tallwood House is one of the tallest mass timber hybrid structures of its kind in the world standing at 18 storeys in height.

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2017
naturally:wood

The CIRS building was designed to push the envelope of sustainable performance in both environmental and human terms by providing net positive benefits to both its surroundings and its inhabitants.

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2012
UBC Sustainability Initiative

Cycling causes virtually no environmental damage, promotes health through physical activity, takes up little space and is economical, both in direct user costs and public infrastructure costs. In short, cycling is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

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2019
(Pucher & Buehler, 2017)

This project pilots the National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP) in the City of New Westminster and investigates its impact on growing and developing important synergies between businesses. Based on the results, it recommends that the City should consider continuing to support NISP Canada, given the strong alignment between the NISP model and the City of New Westminster policy goals, strategies and action items, as well as foster greater collaboration with municipalities for a regional circular economy.

Partner: City of New Westminster
Keywords: Industrial Ecology, Industrial Symbiosis, Citizen Engagement, Adaptive Economy

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2018
Hannah MacDonald

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