UBC wood construction guidelines

Sustainability lens for new building projects at UBC

The University of British Columbia (UBC) policies and guidelines have adopted stringent sustainability performance criteria that all building projects and development initiatives must comply with.

UBC has developed a sustainability lens for new projects, which determines and evaluates the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of construction and building operations, including methods to measure long term progress. The University has determined (through studies such as life cycle assessment) that wood is an optimal building material due to its structural, aesthetic and environmental characteristics. These qualities make wood construction essential in supporting UBC’s goals to create buildings designed to have a net-positive impact on their environment and the lives of their human inhabitants.

UBC Forest Sciences Centre | Photo credit: Don Erhardt


UBC wood construction guidelines

This case study provides information on projects designed as part of UBC’s Campus as a Living Laboratory Initiative.