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Wesbrook Place : University of British Columbia : a case study in sustainable neighbourhood design Girling, Cynthia; Gocova, Anezka; Goldgrub, Vanessa; Sylvia, Nicole


Wesbrook Place, a new development at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada is notable for bringing a residential neighborhood to a commuter campus and concurrently committing to developing a sustainable, community. This report looks at Wesbrook Place nine years after construction began and six years after the first residents moved in relative to its goals to establish a vibrant, compact, complete and walkable community which limits impacts on local streams and the adjacent forest. By August, 2014, the neighbourhood was 25% built. It performs very well relative to measures of population diversity, land use mix, density, walkability, access to parks and services and to good transit services. A buffer of forest was preserved around the perimeter of the neighbourhood, however few mature trees were saved on site. Several important indicators could not evaluated due to a lack of data, such as building energy performance, transportation mode share by residents, stormwater runoff quantity and quality, residents’ satisfaction with quality of life. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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