UBC Graduate Research

Health and Wellbeing : Air, Water, Nourishment, Light and Movement Nourai, Faraneh; Surender, Janani Gunasegaran; Asadi, Parvin; Vahidi, Merriam; Sorathiya, Rashmin


UBC owns and operates many buildings where a large population live, study or work. UBC intends to manage the impact of these buildings on sustainability and wellbeing of the people through Green Building Action Plan (GBAP) towards a human and ecological net positive condition by 2035. Five components including Air, Water, Light, Nourishment and Movement of the GBAP which are under the Health and Wellbeing emergent component are studied in this report. The context of this report is focused on the institutional buildings at UBC. Through review and analysis of existing UBC standards and guidelines as well as other industry standards and guidelines, this research project has identified recommendations for improvements that support health and wellbeing in UBC buildings. Through a SWOT analysis, it concludes the applicability and its corresponding requirements in relation to UBC’s policies. This report recommends UBC to extend its guidelines to evaluate implementation of established assessment frameworks to the wide range of buildings, focus on retrofit in addition to new design, and raise awareness among stakeholders and collaborators between various disciplines. It is recommended to consider the effectiveness of the certification process on achievement of UBC goals and objectives. Several gaps and shortcomings have been identified, most notably behavioural requirements, better documentation, and developing measurement and monitoring tools. 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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