The University of British Columbia Okanagan campus has announced that its new Skeena Residence has achieved Passive House certification. The Skeena Residence features triple-glaze windows, thick insulation, an airtight building envelope, and a heat recovery ventilation system, and only uses a third of the energy a typical residence building would use. The temperature inside the building is stable, with heating or air conditioning only needed sparingly. “As we look to the future, we intend to learn from Skeena and employ best practices for energy reduction during building planning and construction,” said UBCO Principal Lesley Cormack. “Best of all, our students get to live in and be a part of what is sure to be the future of sustainable construction.” UBCO Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.