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Seminar: Intentional Feedback Processes for Sustainable Buildings

Seminar: Intentional Feedback Processes for Sustainable Buildings

Jan 30 at 1 pm ( Pizza will be served at 12:45 )
Speaker: Laura Fedoruk, BASc, EIT, LEED AP BD+C, SBSP Trainee
Location: CIRS Policy Labs, main floor of CIRS building, 2260 West Mall

Seminar: From Services to End-Use to Final Energy: Solving Decision-Making Problems in the Buildings, Transport, and Energy Sectors

Seminar: From Services to End-Use to Final Energy: Solving Decision-Making Problems in the Buildings, Transport, and Energy Sectors

November 22 at 1 pm ( Pizza will be served at 12:45 )
Speaker: Adam Rysanek, PhD, Post-Doc Fellow,
Location: CIRS Policy Labs, main floor of CIRS building, 2260 West Mall

Seminar: Developing HVAC Design Conditions for Australia & New Zealand with EnergyPlus RMY

Seminar: Developing HVAC Design Conditions for Australia & New Zealand with EnergyPlus RMY

October 16 at 1 pm ( Pizza will be served at 12:45 )
Speaker: Eric Laurentius Peterson, PhD, RPEQ,
Location: CIRS Policy Labs, 2260 West Mall

Good Good Good Reverberations

Good Good Good Reverberations

Sound may be impossible to see, but a study at the CIRS is tracking it through a technique called Auralization

Radiant Heating & Cooling Systems: A Theoretical Discussion and Literature Review

Radiant heating and cooling systems have been widely used in buildings throughout history. Primitive versions of heated flooring, dating back as far as 10,000 B.C., circulated flue gases from wood or coal-fired stoves under raised floors of buildings. The modern version – heated or cooled water circulated in pipes embedded in room surfaces – was developed by the British in the early 1900’s and has since benefited from a century of modern scientific development. Radiant heating systems are used extensively in Asia and Europe, though North America has only recently caught on.

Prediction of the Effect of a Sound-Masking System

So far, speech privacy has been an important and hardly achievable issue for open-plan offices, especially in natural-ventilation buildings with low background-noise levels. This research tries to estimate the effect of a sound masking system (SMS) on improving speech privacy in the CIRS Building Simulation Software (BSS) Lab, and how the Lombard effect influences it.

Predicting Energy Use & Operation Cost of HVAC Air Filters

This project developed a model based on results from standard filter testing to allow for the prediction of filter energy use and minimum annual cost for any filter installation. This new model provides a simple method to determine the most energy efficient or least costly filtration system to be installed based on local conditions thus allowing building operators to reduce energy requirements while maintaining high levels of indoor air quality to ensure occupant health.

Innovation in Accelererating the Adoption of Technology Related to Sustainable Buildings

In order to become more sustainable we will need to develop many innovative technologies. There are many steps along this process including idea creation, implementation, and alteration of mainstream processes. One step to promote development will be to pilot new technologies before introduction to the general public. Although there are barriers to this, one way to alleviate them is to continue UBC’s positioning as a Living Lab. Through this process, barriers to implementation of these technologies can be identified and solutions can be developed.

Energy Efficient Ventilation for Improved Air Quality

This project is to improve the ventilation performance of hospitals by reducing their energy consumption and infection risk simultaneously.

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Analysis

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), which is made by laminating dimension lumber at right angles, is an innovative high-performance building material that offers many positive attributes including renewability, high structural stability, storage of carbon during the building life, good fire resistance, possibility of material recycling and reuse. It is conceptually a sustainable and cost effective structural timber solution that can compete with concrete in non-residential and multi-family mid-rise building market. Therefore, there is a need to understand and quantify the environmental attribute of this building system in the context of North American resources, manufacturing technology, energy constraints, building types, and construction practice. This study is to compare energy consumption of two building designs using different materials, i.e. CLT and concrete.

Core Sunlighting System

One of the challenges of the building industry is illuminating the building with high quality lighting while using less electrical energy. This is one of the issues that the Green Building Council has been addressing in the last few years, particularly in commercial buildings. Architects and building designers address this problem by allocating larger area to windows or creating atria that capture daylight. However, these traditional methods of daylighting have limitations and drawbacks as most of them fail to illuminate the building’s core.

Commercialization of Sustainable Building Technology

This research involves developing a generic template on the business processes involved with the “Living Lab” which aims to achieve UBC’s sustainability goals by collaborating with operations, companies and researchers. This template could then be used for universities and municipalities to realize substantial organizational change to achieve their sustainability targets.

Lights, Camera, Action on Building Science Research

Lights, Camera, Action on Building Science Research

The Sustainable Building Science Program (SBSP) is undertaking a video project about the research being undertaken by trainees and faculty members.

Seminar: Future Directions in Reducing Carbon in Vancouver’s Built Environment

Seminar: Future Directions in Reducing Carbon in Vancouver’s Built Environment

This lecture will highlight the current thinking at the City of Vancouver on how these targets will be met and what the expected impacts of this overall strategy.

By Dave Ramslie City of Vancouver’s Senior Sustainability Programs Manager
March 6th, 2013, 1pm-2pm in Policy Lab, CIRS building, 2260 West Mall

Seminar: CIRS Design Process

Seminar: CIRS Design Process

This lecture will focus on the fundamental design processes that led to the creation and the building of CIRS.

By Brian Gasmena, InternArchitect AIBC, Senior Architect Perkins+Will
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013, 1pm-2pm
Policy Lab, CIRS building, 2260 West Mall

Seminar: CIRS – Building Performance Modeling Process as Design Tool

Seminar: CIRS – Building Performance Modeling Process as Design Tool

This lecture will highlight the building performance modeling process that was undertaken for the project and show how this was used as a design tool.
By Martina Soderlund, MSc BEMP LEED AP BD+C
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 1pm-2pm
Policy Lab, CIRS building, 2260 West Mall

Seminar: A Semi-Quantitative Framework for Building LCA

Seminar: A Semi-Quantitative Framework for Building LCA

The presentation introduces a new semi-quantitative framework towards building life cycle assessment (BLCA) process and the experience of its capability demonstration through a case study of an office building.

By Dr. Ali M. S. Kashkooli Post- Doctoral Research Fellow in Regenerative Design UBC SALA
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 1pm-2pm in Policy Lab,
CIRS building, 2260 West Mall.

Seminar: A LCA of UBC Buildings: Are Newer Buildings Really Greener than Older Buildings?

Seminar: A LCA of UBC Buildings: Are Newer Buildings Really Greener than Older Buildings?

Stefan will be presenting recent research work on the life cycle performance of LEED versus conventional buildings at UBC.

By Stefan Storey, PhD Candidate
Thursday, January 31, 2013, 1 – 2 pm in Policy Lab, CIRS building, 2260 West Mall.

Sustainable Buildings, Beyond the Label

Sustainable Buildings, Beyond the Label

Sustainable here, go green there: these slogans dominate real estate brochures around our cities. But what do these statements actually mean with regards to the net impact of buildings on surrounding ecosystems? What evidence is there that supports these claims?

More than a Feeling – adopting a “living systems” approach in buildings

More than a Feeling – adopting a “living systems” approach in buildings

Although many resources go into the design, construction, and operation of a physical building, this may not be a complete package for creating great places to live, work, and play.