November 19, 2007

Five Green Globes for UBC Okanagan’s Fipke Centre

For Immediate Release

UBC announced today that the new UBC – Okanagan Fipke Centre for Innovative Research, designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd, received its Green Globes Design certification, with a rating of five Green Globes. This designation, Green Globe’s highest, is reserved for projects serving as national or world leaders in energy and environmental performance, and follows an extensive audit of the building’s design.

Located in on the outskirts of Kelowna, the Fipke Centre for Innovative Research received an 87 per cent rating for its leadership in sustainable building design, energy and environmental performance.

Construction on the $30.5-million facility began in October 2006 and completion is expected in May 2008.

During the Green Globes audit of the Fipke Centre project, outstanding performance was recognized in the areas of sustainable project management, energy efficiency, resource management, emissions reductions and indoor environment quality.

Highlights include UBC Okanagan’s passive design which takes into consideration the orientation and massing of the building for solar optimization, energy conservation and natural ventilation. A wind tower for air exchange and a geo-thermal groundwater based energy system for winter heating and summer cooling are other innovations that helped to earn the new building an unprecedented five Green Globes.