Wood Innovation Research Lab Building Research Report

The purpose of this research is to investigate what differences, if any, exist between the modeled energy consumption and building envelope performance of the Wood Innovation Research Laboratory (WIRL) building following eight months of in-situ data collection. The WIRL building was completed in July of 2018 by the University of Northern British Columbia and is located in Prince George, British Columbia.

Built in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, the WIRL is noteworthy in that it is the first industrial building in North America certified to rigorous Passive House energy standards at the time of completion, a building certification system that requires the building to have low energy input requirements due to high levels of thermal insulation and minimal air leakage. 

Photo: Michael Elkan Photography | WIRL