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Developing solutions that reduce energy demand and emission in BC’s cities and towns while improving the quality of life for residence.

The built environment is a complex intertwined multi-scale system of cities, towns and neighbourhoods whose energy performance and emissions are shaped by factors such as land use, building design, transportation and utility infrastructure and the behaviour of its inhabitants. In BC, 55 per cent of all GHG emissions originate in the built environment.

The project has two interconnected research streams: a policy and finance team evaluates existing and proposed policies and economic mechanisms, and 2) a community and building team models their application and impacts in different BC context
 

Big Five Project:  Began January 1, 2015 / Project Duration: Four years

Research Partners

Principal Investigators

Ron Kellett

Professor and Director, SALA and Principal Investigator in the PICS / Built Environment Project

Raymond Cole

Principal Investigator in the PICS / Built Environment Project

Researchers

Brad Griffin

Executive Director, Canadian Energy and Emissions Data Centre

Kasun Hewage

Faculty Research in the PICS / Built Environment Project

Thor Jensen

Post-doctoral Researcher in the PICS / Built Environment Project

Yuhao Bean Lu

Post-doctoral Researcher in the PICS / Built Environment Project

Rose Murphy

Postdoctoral researcher in the PICS / Built Environment Project

Angelique Pilon

Director, Urban Innovation Research, CIRS / University Sustainability Initiative UBC

Adam Rysanek

Faculty Researcher in the PICS / Built Environment Project

Maged Senbel

Faculty Researcher in the PICS / Built Environment Project

James Tansey

Faculty Researcher in the PICS / Built Environment Project

Students

Justin McCarty

M. Arch student Elements Lab/nLab School of Architecture & Landscape Archicture UBC

Solution Seekers

  • BC Building Standards Branch
  • BC Cities and Municipalities
  • BC Climate Action Secretariat
  • BC Hydro
  • BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Canada Green Building Council
  • City of Kelowna
  • City of Vancouver
  • Esri Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada