Green Buildings

With nearly 400 institutional and residential buildings on campus, building operations is the largest component of UBC’s environmental and carbon footprint. We currently operate the largest portfolio of green buildings at a Canadian university and are working to improve green building design and performance and promote regenerative development.

As of 2014, UBC had a total of 25 LEED registered and certified academic green building projects and 30 REAP registered and certified residential green building projects on campus. 

2014/2015 Key Achievements

Enhancing Green Buildings design

  • Improved the UBC Sustainability Process to further enhance buildings design for all new campus developments and help achieve project specific social, economic and environmental sustainability goals.
  • Launched an updated version of the Residential Environment Assessment Program (REAP 3.0), which includes energy use intensity targets and updated green building requirements for all new residential developments.

Green Building certifications

  • Achieved two Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certifications for the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility and Earth Sciences Building
  •  Achieved four REAP Gold certifications for Academy Dahlia & Magnolia, Mews and YU multi-unit residential developments