The Centre for Interactive Research (CIRS) of University of British Columbia


The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability is UBC’s first LEED Platinum certified building, a “living laboratory” that will help to regenerate the environment and advance research and innovation on global sustainability challenges. It is designed to be the most innovative and high-performance building in North America. This state-of-the-art regenerative building includes waste heat recovery from a neighbouring building, a solar energy system, ground-source heating and an on-site wastewater treatment system.

Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility


Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility uses waste thermal energy captured from sewage to provide space heating and hot water to buildings in Southeast False Creek. This recycled energy eliminates more than 60% of the greenhouse gas pollution associated with heating buildings.

TRIUMF : Canada’s Particle Accelerator Centre


Located on the south campus of the University of British Columbia, TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science. TRIUMF is one of three subatomic research facilities in the world that specialize in producing extremely intense beams of particles. The heart of the facility is the world’s biggest cyclotron, which is used to accelerate 1000 trillion particles each second!

It is also an international centre for discovery and innovation, advancing fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research for science, medicine, and business.

Dr. Martin Ordonez’s Lab


Dr. Martin Ordonez, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems, is dedicated to exploring new possibilities in this emerging field. As an advisor, his objectives are to recognize the skills and develop the potential of his graduate students, helping them achieve their professional goals. As a researcher, Dr. Ordonez strives to explore, implement and develop the latest technologies and techniques in power conversion. His enthusiastic approach makes the educational and research process an enjoyable experience.