Fittingly enough, two new buildings located on the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus (UBCO) have earned notice as some of the greenest campus buildings in the world.
The Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research and the neighbouring Arts and Sciences Building have both been awarded five Green Globes™, a Canadian measure determining a site’s sensitivity to environmental issues.
Issued by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Green Globes examine a building’s sustainability with respect to a number of factors, including emissions, resource use, energy use, water and others.
The UBCO buildings are the first campus buildings in the world to earn five Green Globes and are also the first paired buildings in any field to garner the prestigious distinction. In fact, the 6,759 square metre Fipke Centre was the first building in all of Canada to earn such a title.
Designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd in collaboration with the UBC Properties Trust, the sites were singled out for their environmentally-friendly nature despite the fact that they contain elements that are traditionally less ecologically-sound....