Commercialization of Sustainable Building Technology

Supervisor: Dr. Froese
Researchers: Paul Save, Laura Fedoruk

Introduction

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.

Method

As part of the project course within the Sustainable Building Science Program, Save collaborated with Fedoruk to focus on the availability of information to guide the decisions made regarding systems impacting space conditioning for the Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) building at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After interviews and numerous documents had been acquired, this data was refined to provide a representative timeline of events that took place through the CIRS’ ten year project history which culminated with the building’s opening in the fall of 2011. Particular focus was placed on the decisions surrounding the 2008 Energy charette and the financial impacts on the timeframe around this charette.

Results

The findings from deconstructing the information flows around this time period indicate the following four occurrences:

  1. financial decisions and strategic partnerships greatly impacted the evolution of CIRS
  2. that much of the knowledge was shared from an individual to a group; as opposed to be being created in the group,
  3. that pre-formed goals guided this process, and
  4. to maintain these goals the options for heat sources for CIRS could be solar thermal, geothermal and waste heat; all of which are currently encompassed in CIRS.