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In the News

A selection of recent articles about the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability


23-March-2014, “Music and architecture tackle sustainability,” Vancouver Observer


25-September-2013, “CIRS becomes UBC’s first LEED Platinum building,” UBC Public Affairs

28-August-2013, "Dr. Ray Cole Appointed as Director of UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability," Media release

28-June-2013, "Intelligent design in buildings makes for better living, UBC researchers find," The Vancouver Sun

24-April-2013, “Change agents drawn to green careers,” The Province

24-April-2013, “The adventures of the Templeton Environment Club,” The Vancouver Courier

29-March-2013, "Going with the grain, and building with wood," The Globe and Mail

28-March-2013, "Can Green Buildings Promote Green Behaviour?," Design Build Source

27-March-2013, "Architects change recycling habits with design," CBC

25-March-2013, "A tale of two lunch rooms," CBC

25-March-2013, "Hidden cameras show 2 lunchrooms' recycling habits," CBC 

18-March-2013, "Wood Project Excellence Honoured," Journal of Commerce

13-March-2013, "Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability / Perkins + Will," Arch Daily

7-March-2013, “Perkins+Will celebrate award wins at Wood Design Awards Gala,” World Architecture News

6-March-2013, “Sustainable by Design,” UBC Reports

5-March-2013, "Winning architects, structural engineers and project teams enthral and inspire at 2013 BC Wood Design Awards," Canada Newswire 

5-March-2013, "UBC Is Heating Up and Getting Green," The Huffington Post

4-March-2013, “2013 BC Wood Design Awards announced,” Canadian Architect 

19-February-2013, "In search of the greenest building in Canada," Troy Media 

07-February-2013, "The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability is a living laboratory for green building methods," Green Energy Futures

2-January-2013, “Behind the buildings: Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability,” The Ubyssey

January-2013, “Thermal Bridging: It Can Be Done Better,” JBED 


12-December-2012, “Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability – Designed to be the most sustainable building in North America,” SABMag

26-November-2012, "Vancouver: Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability," The Danish Architecture Centre and Cities

22-November-2012, "FM Issue: Eyeing the End Result," Today's Facility Manager

16-November-2012, "Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability: Wood - An Integral Part of a New-Positive Building," Naturally Wood

12-October-2012, "A New Challenge: Beyond Zero Waste," Network for Business Sustainability

10-October-2012, "To CIRS with Love," Compost Diaries: The Conversation Continues

02-September-2012, “Five of the Greenest Buildings in the World,” Awaken

August-2012, "Making a Positive Impression: Living lab's environmental footprint goes beyond net zero", Innovation: Journal of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists

13-July-2012, “UBC building sets new green standard,” Global British Columbia

05-July-2012, “UBC – University of British Columbia,” University of Oslo Blog Post

04-July-2012, “John Robinson: Universities as societal test-beds for sustainability,” Forbes

04-July-2012, “Green building gives back to the environment,” BC Business Beat

02-July-2012, “Life-Cycle Assessments,” EDC: The Official Magazine for the LEED Professional

26-June-2012, “Building biodiversity in commercial Canada,” Canadian Biomass

18-June-2012, “Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability,” Foreign State

13-June-2012, “Perkins + Wills architects establish S.F. beachhead,” San Francisco Chronicle (SF GATE)

04-June-2012, “British Columbia’s best architects recognized,” Journal of Commerce: Wester Canada’s Construction Newspaper

June-2012, “Dr. Sustainability: Environmental Scientist of the Year,” Canadian Geographic

18-May-2012, “UBC professor named Environmental Scientist of the Year,” The Vancouver Sun

18-May-2012, “Environmental Scientist of the Year - Canada’s greenest prof: Vancouver might just be home to the greenest building in the world. Meet the geography professor who brought it to life,” Canadian Geographic 

16-May-2012, “Architect gets kudos for Brighouse School design,” Richmond Review

15-May-2012, “2012 AIBC Architecture Awards,” Canadian Architect

14-May-2012, “2012 AIBC Architectural Awards,” The Vancouver Sun

02-May-2012, “Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) – Part 1,” Spacing Vancouver: Understanding the Urban Landscape

20-April-2012, "The building that's beyond green," The Globe and Mail

7-April-2012, "Canadian Building Benchmark for Efficiency in Contruction and Operation," Radio National (Australia) 

4-March-2012, “Redefining Green: Dr. John Robinson speaks about UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability,” Canadian Architect

1-March-2012, “'Living lab' designed to be the most sustainable building in North America,” World Architecture News

1-March-2012, “The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability,” Architect

Spring-2012, “University of British Columbia Brings Sustainability Out of the Lab and Onto Campus,” Honeywell

March-2012 Canadian Architect Regenerative Design (pdf)

March-2012 Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (pdf)

26-February-2012, “A New Kind of Green,” North Shore News

1-February-2012 Vancouver Magazine Is Vancouver Home To The Greenest Building in the World?

31-January-2012 “UBC as a sustainability sandbox,” letstalkenergy.ca

20-January-2012 “UBC Hosts Tour of CIRS,” BCIT Broadcast News

9-January-2012 “Honeywell Technology Featured in New Sustainability Research Center,” ACHRnews

January-2012 “The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS),” Architizer

January-2012 “Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability University of British Columbia,” Haworth

December 2011

28-December-2011, “North America’s Greenest Building Hopes to Pave Path for Sustainable Design,” SchoolConstructionNews

19-December-2011, “Best in Class | The True Story of a Little Building that is Transforming the
Industry,” energyadvantage

8-December-2011, “University of British Columbia LEED Platinum building more expensive upfront but costs
less to maintain,” DailyCommercialNews

5-December-2011, “University
of British Columbia Claims Credit for ‘North America’s Greenest Building’,”Thomasnet

December-2011, “Across My Desk,” AutomatedBuildings

November 2011

30-Novemeber-2011, “Five most sustainable office buildings in the world,” Green Diary

28-November-2011, “North America’s Most Sustainable Building,” Creating a Sustainable Future

27-November-2011, “David Suzuki talks UBC after receiving honorary degree,” The Ubyssey

27-November-2011, “Is This North America’s Greenest Building?,” SierraActivist

27-November-2011, “Is This North America’s Greenest Building?,” ThinkProgress

25-November-2011, “Inside CIRS at University of British Columbia  - “North America’s Greenest Building”,” Orta blu

23-November-2011, “Inside CIRS at University of British Columbia -- "North America's Greenest Building",” treehugger

22-November-2011, “CIRS Opening Conference 2011,” Landscape Visualization

21-November-2011, “University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver,” Inhaitat

17-November-2011, “11.17.11,” Smart+Connected Communities Institute

17-November-2011, “British Columbia College Goes Uber Green,” Earth Techling

16-November-2011, “Beyond Sustainability: Talking About Our Regeneration,” Climate Access

15-November-2011, “New building will help UBC cut carbon emissions,” Metro News

9-November-2011, “Most sustainable building in North America opens at UBC,” The Ubyssey

9-November-2011, “The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability Ppens at the University of British Columbia,” AIBCeNews

8-November-2011, “The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability opens at the University of British Columbia,” Canadian Architect

7-November-2011, “Honeywell celebrates grand opening of UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability – CIRS,” Electrical Business

7-November-2011, “Honeywell celebrates grand opening of UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability – CIRS,” Energy Manager

7-November-2011, “University opens 'greenest' building to advance sustainability research and innovation,” Make It Wood

6-November-2011, “The Living Laboratory,” Jessica Robin Thomas

6-November-2011, “The University of British Columbia has unveiled the most the building in North America “Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability,”Sustain2Green

4-November-2011, “UBC opens Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability,” Academica Group

4-November-2011, “Accelerating Sustainability with CIRS,” Cisco Canada Blog

3-November-2011, “CIRS opens as North America’s greenest building,” Green ArchiTEXT

3-November-2011, “Will private developers pick up living buildings?,” Green Building

3-November-2011, “Accelerating Sustainability with CIRS,” Connected Communities Institute

3-November-2011, “The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, A Net-Positive Living Lab, Opens at the University of British Columbia Today,” The Journal of Commerce

3-November-2011, “Honeywell Expertise, Technology Provide "Smarts" for New UBC Research Facility - One of the Most Sustainable Buildings in the World,” Automated Buildings

3-November-2011,”MOA Welcomes UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS),” The Museum of Anthropology

3-November-2011, “Video: Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability,” Perkins Will

3-Novemeber-2011, “UBC Opens North America’s Greenest Building,” UBC Reports

3-Novemeber-2011, “Window to the Future,” UBC Reports

3-November-2011, “UBC’s Roadmap to Zero Emissions,” UBC Reports

2-November-2011, “Accelerating Sustainability with CIRS,” Dr. Rick Huijbregts

November-2011, “University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco-laboratory in Vancouver,” Inhabitat

November-2011, “VSB Students participate in the opening of Greenest Building in North America,” Vancouver School Board

March - October 2011

19-October-2011, “CIRS is for sustainability,” Real Estate Foundation

27-September-2011, Corporate Knights magazine More Emerald Than Ivory

08-September-2011, Nature Magazine Mr Sustainability Q & A with John Robinson

September-2011, UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS),” foursquare

30-August-2011 “Creating a True Culture of Conservation and Energy Efficiency,” HPAC Engineering

August-2011, "North America's Most Sustainable Building," Katerva: For a Sustainable Tomorrow (blog)

09-July-2011, Vancouver Sun UBC Does More Than Study Green Initiatives - It's Immersed In Them

07-July-2011, “Wood Revival at CIRS,” UBC Public Affairs

23-June-2011, “Next regeneration: a building that boosts the environment,” Times Higher Education

2-June-2011, "Tipping Point: How CIRS will transform building water use," UBC Reports

11-April-2011, “CIRS building recovers energy from a neighbour,” Canadian Consulting Engineer

31-March-2011, “The Tyee: How to Design a Building that Restores the Earth,” Green-ing

29-March-2011, “New Building Designed to Produce More Energy than it Uses,” The Utopianist

28-March-2011, “How to Design a Building that Restores the Earth,” TheTyee.ca

2-March-2011, “CIRS Overview with Dr. John Robinson,” Year of Science

January - February 2011

25-February-2011, “Sustainability: Lets Get Educated!,” Corporate Social Responsibility

24-Februrary-2011, “Details of Feb. 24 Lunch,” IFMA BC

17-February-2011, “UBC and China’s Modern Green to advance green building,” Globe-Net

10-February-2011, “Green Schools Provide Better Learning Environment for Students,” Peachy Green

9-February-2011, “How Green School Buildings Help Children Grow,” The Tyee

5-February-2011, “UBC, Chinese property developer join forces in strategic R&D deal,” Canada.com

4-February-2011, "UBC announces $3.5 million R&D program with China’s Modern Green building developer,” BC Wood

4-February-2011, “UBC and China’s Modern Green Development partner to advance green building research,” UBC Public Affairs

4-February-2011, “The Human Touch: UBC to Study Green Building Inhabitants,” UBC Public Affairs

24-January-2011, “UBC sustainability project will measure happiness along with energy inputs,” The Vancouver Sun

24-January-2011, “”Green” is the Way of the Future for UBC,” Norsteel

22-January-2011, “UBC evolves into a sustainability lab,” Canada.com

22-January-2011, “Sure we are saving energy, but are people any happier?,” Canada.com

12-January-2011, "North America's Greenest Building Hopes to Pave Path for Sustainable Design," SchoolConstructionNews

6-January-2011, “Restorative Buildings,” UBC Reports

5-January-2011, “Super Green Design for British Columbia,” Jetson Green

January-2011, “Sustainable: By All Accounts,” CGA 

January-2011, "Next Big Thing, Regenerative Buildings," UBC Reports

December 2010

24-December-2010, “Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS),” Visualize us

21-December-2010, “Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS),” Abrief

05-December-2010, “CIRS – UBC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative!,” Sifat Hasan’s Blog

04-December-2010, “Video: UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability,” Arch Daily

03-December-2010, “The Ten Essential Renewable Energy News Stories This Week,” EnergyBoom

01-December-2010 “On the Web: University of British Columbia’s Upcoming Greenest Building in North America Goes Live ,” EnergyBoom

January - November 2010

28-November-2010, “Looking for less than zero,” Scope

25-November-2010, “The Greenest Building in North America,” CathayService

24-November-2010, “The Greenest Building in North America,” Bustler

15-October-2010, “The Greenest Building in the World?,” Business News Network

June-2010, “Above and Beyond: The sustainable features at CIRS far exceed LEED Platinum Standards,” Construction Today

13-February-2010, “Super Green Design for British Columbia,” Jetson Green


24-Nov-2009, World Changing, Gaming the Future and Getting it Right: an Interview with Dr. John Robinson

10-Nov-2009, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Federal Investment Supports New Research Centre on Sustainability

10-Nov-2009, Financial Post, Building Better Cities (No link available)

06-Nov-2009, The National Post, Conversations for change on Smart Cities

04-Nov-2009, BC Business, 2040 Vision: B.C. and Climate Change

04-Nov-2009, The Vancouver Sun, Smart, green and humane - Smartshift: Conversations for change

19-Oct-2009, The Mark News, The Future of Cities: Climate Change Denial

19-Oct-2009, GLOBE-Net, Life Cycle Costing - The First Step in Green Building (No copy available)

17-Sept-2009, GLOBE-Net, Smart Buildings and Smart Occupants (No copy available)

09-Apr-2009. The Vancouver Sun, New university building will provide an 'incubator' to help foster world change (No link available)



21-January-2006, “The Ultimate Green Lab: C.I.R.S.,” Inhabitat

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