June 25, 2012
Two research buildings designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. for the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus have each been awarded five Green Globes for environmental performance. The three-storey Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research, (Fipke Centre), completed in 2008, and the newer, four-storey Arts and Sciences building next door are the first campus buildings in the world to each receive five Green Globes and are also the first paired buildings to attain this distinction, the company said in a release. “Creating an energy-efficient building that houses one or more laboratories poses significant challenges, as laboratories and education facilities are among the most energy-intensive building types,” it said. “On average, a laboratory consumes five to 10 times more energy per square foot than an average office building.