The Scholars Project Library contents hundreds of reports, charts, tool-kits, and more, documenting the applied research produced since 2011. A useful body of knowledge to support further research around sustainability.

Further to the declaration of a climate emergency by the City of Vancouver in 2019, this project aims to contribute towards the work needed to transition the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) to 100% renewable energy by 2030.  The report identifies baseload and peak technologies to further explore in light of the findings. The project involved a global literature review and qualitative interviews with district energy specialists.  

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change

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2020
Alexandra Chapman

This project focuses on the existing electrical system of single-family homes in the Vancouver area and the barriers to adding to the electric load when a system is either outdated or has limited capacity for expansion. It talks about the cost of service upgrades, technical challenges that occur, the benefits of electrifying a home, and potential technological solutions that can manage load demand and reduce energy usage and utility bills.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings

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2020
Shikhar Kumar

The purpose of this project is to understand how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted city-facilitated childcares and to explore opportunities for the City of Vancouver to better support resilience in the non-profit childcare sector. This report includes a literature review of the childcare sector in the current context of the pandemic and an analysis of the interview responses from city-facilitated childcare operators in Vancouver.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: social sustainability, childcare

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2020
Iris Liu

This research project aims to identify the issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they might push people into poverty; and the impact of COVID-19 on people already living in poverty. The report includes several examples of COVID-19 recovery policies and projects being implemented elsewhere that could support people experiencing poverty in Vancouver.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Xinyue Duan

This report analyzes data provided through the HOT2000 program to determine the efficiencies of different typological design decisions seen throughout metropolitan Vancouver and greater British Columbia. It will quantify how different architectural decisions impact energy efficiency, with a focus on TEDI, MEUI, and other costs to the homeowner or builder. These findings will help influence the BC Step Code in regards to how architectural design choices can have an impact on energy consumption.

Partner: BC Housing
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy, step code

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2020
Kieran Mortimer

Metro Vancouver is responsible for monitoring the 60,000 hectares of watersheds that supply Vancouver with drinking water. The report includes an overview of remote sensing approaches used by other organizations, available remote sensing (mostly satellite) products, and a decision tree for choosing the correct product for different monitoring needs. The report also includes a discussion on the application of existing data to assess ecosystem health in Metro Vancouver watersheds. 

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, water

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2020
Sarah Smith-Tripp

This project supports the planned renewal of the Regional Ground-Level Ozone Strategy (RGLOS) for Metro Vancouver. Specifically, the project investigated the background levels of ground-level ozone from the decommissioned Marine Boundary Layer Station (MBLS) in Ucluelet, B.C. One main focus was to find the underlying trend of background ozone over the seven years of operation of the MBLS after removing for seasonality and other contributing variables.
The project also explored the impact of precursor emissions on MBLS background ozone levels, classified geographic source regions of ozone levels on a given day based on back-trajectories, and compared MBLS to ozone trend levels at other Pacific Northwest monitoring stations.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: air quality 

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2020
Carlina Kim

This report scans the international status of electrification of heavy duty and non-road equipment, such as ferries, buses, trucks, construction equipment, airport ground support equipment, port equipment, and others. It finds that the electrification of these technologies is in its nascent stages but there is promise for many of these categories of equipment to switch to electric power to reduce or eliminate emissions of greenhouse gases and diesel particulate matter.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, transportation

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2020
Narayan Gopinathan

This report highlights the linkages between climate change, mental health, resilience, and community wellbeing. By way of a literature review, this report outlines ways to overcome resilience-building barriers, develops a set of resilience guiding principles, and offers five progressively staged recommendations to assist stakeholders in addressing climate change impacts on community mental health and wellbeing.  

Partner: UBC Climate Hub
Keywords: climate change, mental health, community resilience

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2020
Meghan Wise

This project involves a methods, tools, and best practices review of embodied carbon in airport buildings and infrastructure. The outcome of this project will help to determine how the Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) can calculate and reduce the embodied carbon emissions in the development of projects, and how to use this information in making decisions that help the airport address embodied carbon in infrastructure projects.

Partner: Vancouver Airport Authority
Keywords: green buildings, supply chain management & green procurement, sustainable development & green economy
 

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2020
Aanchal Sharma

Energy benchmarking can be defined as measuring and comparing the energy use of a building to encourage energy efficiency. This report presents a framework of recommendations for a successful regional benchmarking program for complex buildings, specific to the analyzed characteristics of buildings in the capital region of BC. These recommendations consider successful existing policies, recommendations of organizations that promote energy efficiency, and advice from industry professionals.

Partner: CRD
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Christopher Moore

This project aims to provide a pathway for implementation of the Step Code for Part 3 (Non-Residential) Buildings in the Township of Langley. The report includes the results of a jurisdictional scan, a literature review and a survey to understand barriers and challenges. The report also includes an analysis and projections regarding future growth of P3 Buildings in the Township, and provides recommendations, a suggested way forward, and future research directions.

Partner: Township of Langley
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Madhur Motwani

This study explores the trends and barriers in construction of high-performance homes being built in British Columbia. The observed trends in products, solutions, and challenges will inform opportunities to improve the cost-effectiveness of high-performance homes in Vancouver and British Columbia will be used to both building professionals and regulators.

Partner: ZEBx
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Rhianna Lash

This report includes a life-cycle cost analysis (LCA) of a variety of HVAC systems, including all-gas and all-electric systems. In addition, LCA was applied to a  variety of heat pumps and electric baseboard heaters to understand their performanice in different climage regions in B.C. The cost-effectiveness of solar panels for powering HVAC systems were also reviewed.

Partner: BC Housing
Keywords: green buildings, social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Taha Mohebbi

The purpose of this project was to research the many opportunities that building automation systems (BAS) offer in reducing a building's GHG emissions. The report includes research on how to implement a recommissioning of the BAS in four City of New Westminster civic buildings; City Hall, the Police Building, the Library, and Century House.

Partner: City of New West
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change

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2020
Annie Dahan

This project aims to identify housing characteristics and demographic groups that are more likely to experience energy poverty compared to those who do not experience energy poverty in the District of Saanich. It includes key takeaways and energy goals that will centre equity in climate plans, policies, and programs.

Partner: District of Saanich & CUSP
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Mark McNaughton

This project focuses on understanding the potential role of local contractors in the City of Kamloops in encouraging homeowners to undertake energy retrofits during home renovations. The work includes a jurisdictional scan to understand other retrofit programs, quantification of net emissions reductions produced by various retrofit measures, and the results of a survey of contractors to understand what to include in a new retrofit action plan for the City. 

Partner: City of Kamloops
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability

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2020
Priyadharshini Krishnan Ponnammal

A lack of local Energy Advisors (EAs) is one of the main barriers to adopting the Energy Step Code in smaller and remote communities in BC. This project explores and analyzes local EA capacity, context, and gaps in rural and northern communities in BC. Recommendations include strengthening outreach activities, designing targeted incentive programs, and facilitating and subsidizing EA training for building officials and others in the building industry.  

Partner: Community Energy Association
Keywords: green buildings

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2020
Zeynya Alemayehu

The BC Energy Step Code (ESC) is widely being used as a policy tool to reduce the operational emissions from buildings. This research evaluates the embodied emissions of single-family houses built at various levels of the step code. The contributions of increased insulation and low-carbon mechanical systems are studied. Results show that the embodied emissions of a Step 5 house can be up to 67% higher than a similar Step 1 house.

Partner: City of Richmond
Keywords: green buildings, sustainability in education, sustainable development & green economy 

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2020
Riya Tolia

This project aims to inform how Whistler is delivering on its sustainability goals, provides the foundation for ongoing energy management and climate mitigation efforts, and focuses efforts where the most impact can be achieved. The project included annual corporate and community GHG and energy datasets, the annual CARIP survey and an annual GHG and energy inventory report. The report summarizes Whistler's 2019 GHG emissions and energy consumption and contains a quarterly update of Whistler's Community Energy and Climate Action Plan.

Partner: Resort Municipality of Whistler
Keywords: greenhouse gas emissions

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2020
Maria Thorlakson

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