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.
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.
- 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)