UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into UBC Farm Sustainability College : what are the social, ecological and economic factors to consider when planning sustainable housing options? Lin, Raymond; Shin, Jinwook; Kim, Jung-Ki


UBC Farm emphasizes the importance of “down-to-earth” and “low-tech” sustainability philosophy. And, Véronik Campbell, the project stakeholder, emphasizes two essential factors for this UBC Farm Sustainability College Project: a housing option must have minimum environmental impact and must be able to create community involvement (Campbell, 2012). With these essential considerations, the research has thoroughly done. Due to limited academic resources, three commercial products representing today’s leading sustainable housing are presented in this report: m-ch, Dwelle and 4Treehouse. Then, a triple bottom line assessment has been performed to analyze each housing option. As stated in the project guideline, the sustainability college shall have single occupancy units and family occupancy units. Approximately, it should be able to occupy 75-100 residents. Since a single house of each option cannot satisfy the desired number of occupants, multiple of those houses will be applied during assessment. The definition of sustainability is very broad; no single housing option can fulfill the purposes. Thus, a combination of m-ch, dewell.ing, and 4Treehouse will be ultimately selected for UBC Farm Sustainability College project. 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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