The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability opened at the University of British Columbia.
The CIRS is a $37 million “living laboratory” which is built to exceed LEED Platinum and the Living Building Challenge standards. Built from wood killed by pine beetles, The centre powers itself and a neighboring building with renewable energy, as well as collecting rain water and treating waste water on site.
The building’s functions will be constantly monitored to evaluate the green technologies and design techniques used, and researchers will study users’ interactions with the building in order to improve its performance.
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