UBC Evolve

OWNER/DEVELOPER:

UBC Properties Trust

ARCHITECT:

ZGF Architects

SECTOR:

Education Post Secondary, Residential

AME ROLE:1

Mechanical Design

Completed:

2022

Location:

Vancouver, BC

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Located in the Wesbrook Place neighborhood on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, Evolve is a six-storey multi-unit residential rental building that houses faculty and staff.  The building is Passive House certified and Net-Zero Energy-Ready.  High-performance design elements include a superior building envelope, a high-efficiency heat recovery ventilation system, exterior sun shading, photovoltaic panels and an air-sourced heat pump to produce domestic hot water.

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In addition to being one of Canada’s largest Passive House certified residential buildings, this project is used by UBC researchers for monitoring performance and further studying best building practices.  Supported by a grant from Natural Resources Canada, researchers at UBC are collecting and analyzing data to evaluate the benefits and trade-offs between Passive House and typical construction.

Awards:

  • Ralph Robson Technology Award for best overall winner in ASHRAE Region XI (2023)
  • ASHRAE Technology Awards for New Institutional Building – ASHRAE Region XI & BC Chapter (2023)