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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:20 AM   #1
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VANCOUVER | Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Development News

CIRS - Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

University of British Columbia | Great Northern Way Campus

"CIRS is intended to be the most innovative and high performance building in North America, perhaps the world, with regard to sustainability features." *

Source: http://www.cirs.ubc.ca/assets/pdf/me...%2030%2006.pdf

Source: http://www.cirs.ubc.ca/assets/pdf/me...%2030%2006.pdf

Source: http://www.cirs.ubc.ca/assets/pdf/me...lity_Oct07.pdf

CIRS is designed to accelerate sustainability in the Lower Mainland of BC by bringing together people, projects and processes in new ways.

To start with, we are constructing a truly remarkable building that is at the frontier of urban development in every way. The CIRS building is designed to not only have as little impact as possible, it will actually improve the surrounding environment.

Once it is up and running, the CIRS building will be home to researchers working collaboratively across disciplines. Using the building itself as their laboratory, they will create new knowledge about how to build and maintain sustainable buildings.
Source: http://www.cirs.ubc.ca/about/index.php

Key Principles

The CIRS building is being designed and built along some important principles:

* Integrated and paperless design -- one central and virtual system shared by all consultant teams
* Sustainable mobility program -- very little parking will be made available and building occupants will be encouraged to use transit, carpool, and cycle to CIRS
* Green house gas neutral and net-energy producer -- over time, CIRS will sell energy that it produces back to BC Hydro
* Natural ventilation and cooling systems
* 100% daylighting -- for all illumination required during the day
* 100% rainwater and zero liquid waste -- no external water supply enters or leaves the site; all water is collected and treated on site
* Sustainable building materials – wood beams and pillars
* Healthy internal air quality

CIRS design principles are put into action in several building systems.

Site Systems
* Neutralize ecological and microclimatic disturbance to the site
* Increase the net amount of biomass (trees and plants) on the site
* Restore habitats for local fauna

Energy Systems
* Green house gas neutral
* Integrated energy system
* Net energy generator
* No mechanical cooling

Rain Capture Systems
* Rainwater collection for potable water supplies
* Eliminate storm-water run-off from the site through treatment and reuse systems

Wastewater Systems
* Treat and reuse wastewater generated on-site

Occupant Health and Well-Being
* Daylighting for greater productivity
* Indoor and outdoor oxygenation for very pure indoor air
* User control over comfort conditions
* Design of workspaces based on healthy body and mind principles

Building Operations and Maintenance
* Extensive network of sensing, monitoring and control points; adaptive controls
* Integrated design andmaintenance

Sustainable Community
* Local product and service procurement
* Expansion of alternative transportation networks
* Community education and outreach programs

Source: http://www.cirs.ubc.ca/about/principles.php

CIRS will be part of the Great Northern Way Campus, an innovative multi-jurisdictional, cross-disciplinary institution in Vancouver. The Great Northern Way Campus is jointly operated by the Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. These are Vancouver's four top post-secondary institutions and they rank are national leaders in their prospective fields.

The Great Northern Way campus is 20 acres in size and located in the False Creek Flats precinct of the city, approximately two kilometres from the downtown core of the city.

Source: www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/files/Images/image002.jpg

CIRS was set to begin construction at the end of 2007, however a three-month civic strike has delayed final development permit approval of the project. As the city works through its approximately 2000 permit backlog the construction start date will be known. My best guess is the summer of 2008. Construction should progress fairly quickly. As the following illustration indicates, there is no underground parking, thereby limiting excavation, and the low-rise, three-storey building will be built primarily with structural wood beams, steel, and concrete.

Source: http://www.cirs.ubc.ca/assets/images/bldg_005.jpg

Lots more information can be found at the CIRS website: http://www.cirs.ubc.ca/index.php
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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:31 PM   #2
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great features. why not a all buildings be like that eh?im lookin forward into it
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Well the exciting thing about CIRS is that it is going to act as a test platform of a number of whole-building solutions that are transferable. Whole-building daylighting and whole-building non-mechanical air circulation design can be applied elsewhere once more is known. What I find most interesting is the synergy that will hopefully come from both CIRS and the Southeast False Creek precinct and Olympic Village. In the former the boundaries will be pushed while in the latter the commercial applications of the current cutting edge are being applied. We will learn so much from both and will have new, local models to build from going forward.

[note to moderators] Thank you very much for amending the title of the this thread on the main page. I regretted my initial title from the moment I hit "post".
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