Media are invited to take a first look at Third Space Commons, UBC’s newest teaching and learning space that is one of Canada’s first institutional spaces designed to be near-zero embodied carbon. It’s also the first such building designed by students.
The team behind the project – Third Quadrant Design, a UBC student design team comprising 60 students from the Faculty of Applied Science and the Sauder School of Business – ensured that virtually every material, construction technique and design element of the project helped to lower or even capture carbon emissions.
- See how hempcrete – a mixture of lime and hemp fibres – helps sequester carbon throughout the building
- Tour a space that highlights use of refurbished/recycled materials sourced from other buildings on campus
- See how windows, solar panels, appliances and lumber were salvaged from landfill to create an energy-efficient, 2,400 sq. ft. flexible space for teaching and learning
For emitting nearly-zero carbon emissions during construction, Third Space Commons recently received the Carbon Leadership Forum’s BC Embodied Carbon Award, besting similar-sized buildings across Metro Vancouver.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: 6363 Biological Sciences Road, just behind Earth Sciences Building (map and directions), UBC Vancouver campus
- West Parkade, 2140 Lower Mall V6T 1Z4 (map and directions)
- Health Sciences Parkade, 2250 Health Sciences Mall V6T 1Z3 (map and directions)
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- Alicia Hobmaier, integrated engineering student – engineering lead
- Katie Theall, architecture student – architectural lead
- Milan Jaan, integrated engineering student – development lead
- Peter Ehrlich, civil engineering student – construction lead
- Dr. Adam Rysanek, assistant professor, school of architecture and landscape architecture – faculty advisor