Originally posted Posted on BCIT Update on March 18, 2014 by Andrea Bellamy, to see the original story click here.
BCIT’s Burnaby Campus is getting an environmental facelift.
The Centre for Architectural Ecology, in conjunction with the School of Construction and the Environment, is building the campus’s first environmental research lab, known as the Elevated Lab. A contribution to BCIT’s Eco Street Network and the Factor IV initiative, the Elevated Lab has kicked off with the installation of a 20-foot-high living wall.
What was once a cement wall between buildings NE2 and NE4 is now a vibrant research garden. Shade- and drought-tolerant plants were selected for the project as they are typically resilient and well suited to green walls. A rainwater harvesting system is planned for future installation. A display monitor will be mounted in the middle of the living wall to display real-time data from the living building systems.
The living wall will be used to help educate and train students and local professionals. This environmental initiative showcases green technology and how it can be easily incorporated into city and street landscapes to benefit the environment. The Elevated Lab will have a direct impact on BCIT’s community by cleaning the air and reducing storm water run-off, energy consumption, and noise pollution.
For more information on sustainability initiatives at BCIT, visit Sustainability at BCIT.