The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) definitely lives up to its name. The building on Vancouver’s University of British Columbia (UBC) campus boasts geothermal technology and heat scavenging from neighborhood buildings.
Also, CIRS now showcases an HVAC system designed with the help of Vancouver-based engineering firm Stantec. Officials at CIRS believe the design is a model for technology, building/occupant interactive research, and energy conservation for decades to come. The four-story, 65,000-sq-ft net-positive CIRS has achieved LEED Platinum certification, and applied for Living Building Challenge recognition.