UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall targeting LEED Gold for energy efficiency
September 27, 2011 - The University of British Columbia recently celebrated the opening of its new Faculty of Law at Allard Hall. Designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects (in joint venture with CEI Architecture Planning Interiors of Vancouver), the facility is targeting LEED Gold designation for energy efficiency.
By Anthony Capkun
Design features include a ground-source heating/cooling system with 160 wells that, says Diamond and Schmitt, will reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of the building by 87% compared to a conventional gas-fired system. Further efficiencies are gained through the use of passive cooling strategies (overhangs, exterior shades, thermal mass), displacement ventilation, high-efficiency lighting, and a robust, well-insulated building envelope.
The $65-million, 141,000-sf building features a range of flexible learning and study spaces, and provides space for more than 50 faculty members, 600 undergraduate and 100 post-graduate students.