Modern Green Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
Project size: 186,872 square feet
Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP) Gold Certified
Located at the southern tip of the University of British Columbia and adjacent to Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Wesbrook Place is a 100-acre residential community and the largest of eight University Town Neighbourhoods currently planned at UBC. Each project at Wesbrook is required to meet the Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP). The program is a UBC-specific green building rating system for the campus’ residential developments.
Yu is located within this Wesbrook Place neighbourhood and is bordered by Village Lane—a Green Street with pedestrian-only access. Situated within easy walking distance to a variety of amenities, Yu Development is a 17,361 SM development that consists of 106 units with a mix of townhouse, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom unit types. At ground level, a double-height 435 SM Research and Development Centre will showcase the developer’s most innovative technologies in sustainable design and will relate to the work of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability.
The building’s design responds directly to the site and to the university’s site-specific guidelines. A courtyard and open circulation corridors create communal spaces for residents and allow for cross ventilation for all units, as well as natural daylight and views. Townhouse units along the north and south edge create an active ‘street wall’ and provide ‘eyes on the street’, which promotes a lively yet safe atmosphere.
A high-performance facade enhances the energy performance of the building and includes solar hot water tubes, solar panels and shading devices. The development has been carefully planned to retain its mature tree stands and its natural topography to allow for stormwater management. Throughout Wesbrook Place, the accessibility of amenities, the incorporation of bicycle-shared roadways and the encouragement to use car-sharing programs will minimize the need to commute with personal vehicles.