Waste Requirements for Green Buildings


UBC Okanagan is currently developing it’s first Climate Action Plan 2030 (CAP2030) for completion in fall-2021. The CAP2030 will establish a framework to accelerate the reduction of emissions from our core operations by 2030 and also targets extended emissions in areas that our university community members have influence over, including commuting, air travel, food, and waste.

NOTE: In the cases where the following guidelines are not specific to UBC’s Okanagan campus, they should be considered standard for recycling infrastructure, construction and demolition waste, and waste tracking purposes.

Recycling Infrastructure for Buildings

To allow conformance with UBC Okanagan’s waste management programs, the Okanagan campus’ buildings must make provisions for indoor recycling stations, rather than stand-alone garbage receptacles, in addition to providing the necessary facilities for storage and loading of waste and recycling.  Requirements and options for recycling stations are provided in the *UBC Vancouver Recycling Infrastructure Guidelines for UBC Buildings.
*Design teams should consult directly with staff for UBC Okanagan specific adjustment at this time.

Construction and Demolition Waste

UBC Okanagan seeks to reduce waste from all demolition, construction and renovation projects by optimizing material use, reducing waste generated, and increasing waste diversion. For more information, consult the available resources on Simple Steps for Demolition and Construction Waste Diversion.

Current versions of LEED should be consulted for waste diversion requirements on those projects. The goal for other non-LEED projects (including small to medium size renovation projects) as per the Technical Guidelines. The Technical Guidelines require that at least 75% of construction and demolition material is diverted and not disposed as waste. This is now readily achievable in most projects, and can often have economic benefits.

Waste Tracking

All projects need to track the amount of waste and diversion achieved via project submittals of the UBC Okanagan Construction & Renovation Waste and Diversion Tracking sheet submittals to the UBC Okanagan Sustainability Office, Campus Planning, as per the Technical Guidelines. Project managers must use the following template to easily track project waste and create simple waste management plans.

    • A .pdf copy of the UBC Okanagan’s Construction & Renovation Waste and Diversion Tracking sheet can be downloaded here.

Additional reporting resources:

  • To view full Sustainability requirements and reporting templates, as outlined within the Technical Guidelines, visit here.
  • An electronic excel spreadsheet template that provides a package of all C&D waste templates that can be filled out electronically. These electronic templates provide automatic calculations.
  • Unit converter (provides formulas to convert different materials from volume or area to weight)