CIRS was conceived as a building in which to push the envelope of sustainable design by integrating passive design strategies with innovative sustainable technologies.
We need to think of every aspect of modern economic activity, including the acts of building and developing land, as acts of restoration and regeneration. This shift in perspective helps us shift our mindset from measuring impacts into providing benefits; from sacrifice to contribution and finally, from net zero to net positive. This is the foundation of regenerative sustainability.
CIRS is a multi-use space with facilities and infrastructure designed to encourage human interaction, explore new approaches to learning and advance globally-significant urban sustainability research.
CIRS has sought certification through two of the world’s foremost third-party sustainable building certification programs: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ and The Living Building Challenge (LBC).
CIRS endeavors to share the performance data and lessons learned from our ongoing operations, so that others can learn from our successes and failures.
The Technical Manual is a ‘living’ document of the lessons learned from the design, construction and operation of the CIRS building.