UBC’s sustainability research collections highlight our commitment to transform the entire campus into a living laboratory, and to engage our faculty and students in innovative and applied research to improve our communities, region and world.

Find out how these projects advance interdisciplinary collaborations, link research to action both on-and-off campus, and develop solutions for the environmental and social challenges of the 21stcentury.


UBC’s sustainability research involves close collaborations between academic researchers, as well as external partners such as government agencies, business and industry, NGO's, and community groups.

Sustainable Building Materials

UBC is taking bold action to develop policies and guidelines to help building designers make material choices that reduce the building industry's contribution to climate change.

Low Carbon and Resilient Neighbourhoods

Neighbourhoods on the UBC Vancouver Campus offer insight on how new policy goals and performance targets can improve the sustainability and resiliency of communities across B.C.

ZEBX Partnership

UBC is partnering with the Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) to leverage academic expertise, in collaboration with local industry partners, to develop solutions for zero emission buildings.

Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility

UBC’s Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF) reduces UBC’s GHG emissions by turning waste wood biomass into clean energy and supports research on alternative energy technology.

Brock Commons Tallwood House

An innovative high-rise hybrid mass timber structure, housing over 400 students. At 18 storeys, Brock Commons Tallwood House is one of the tallest wood buildings in the world.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

An internationally recognized research hub that is also the subject of research studying sustainable building technologies and performance.