Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment

The Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment (EEBE) project seeks to develop solutions for reducing energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia’s diverse built environment, while at the same time improving quality of life. The research program is focused on finding the most effective combinations of solutions and best-supporting policies, to ensure policy to practice including on-the-ground implementation. The program is divided into two inter-related streams:

  • Policy and Finance Stream which examines the effectiveness of financing mechanisms and policy instruments to improve both new and existing buildings and communities
  • Buildings and Community Stream which explores the potential benefits of design and policy approaches, evolving rating systems and building codes, as well as integrated, community-scale energy strategies, to improve building performance, and reduce energy demand and emissions

This is one of five major interdisciplinary research projects funded by The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and is led by Ron Kellett, Director of School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UBC. PICS was established as an endowment from the BC Ministry of Environment in 2008 to develop a multidisciplinary research institute focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions. PICS is hosted and led out of the University of Victoria in partnership with UBC, as well as Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia.