• Earth Sciences Building (ESB) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by Perkins+Will.

    Credit: Courtesy Perkins+Will

    Earth Sciences Building (ESB) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by Perkins+Will.

The Earth Sciences Building (ESB) is located on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. Shared between Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Studies, the Department of Statistics, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences and the Dean of Science, ESB is designed to enhance the growing links between each department, providing valuable opportunities for shared learning and collaboration. The wood structure provides a welcoming environment for the inhabitants of the building. As an added environmental benefit, the 1,317 cubic meters of wood in the structure has been calculated to store 1,094 tonnes of carbon, the equivilant of taking 415 cars off the road for a year. The embodied carbon footprint of the heavy timber structure is almost 50% less than the concrete structure and is less than the average UBC laboratory building. The LEED Gold-certified ESB project sets a new standard of structural performance and innovation in heavy timber construction and demonstrates how modern engineered timber can be used efficiently and competitively in the most demanding of institutional projects.

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