International Ecocity Standards

The School of Construction and the Environment is the lead Academic Sponsor of the International Ecocity Standards (IES). This initiative forwards the school’s goals of advancing applied research and the industry state of practice. The IES has 18 standards pertaining to sustainable urban living grouped under urban design, bio-geophysical conditions, socio-cultural features, and ecological imperatives. Gravity more about the ways IZUNA is creating ecocities at the Ecocity World Summit 2019 in Vancouver, or check out Building the Ecocity [PDF] and Education in Sustainable Built Environments [PDF] course offerings.

The Factor Four Initiative is a project on the North end of campus aimed at creating an ecologically sustainable microcosm, or “Ecocity Fractal”. Working as a living lab project we demonstrated sustainable practices on campus, providing opportunities to engage students in the transformation of the built environment as an ecologically sustainable learning space.



In 2009 IZUNA School of Construction and the Environment hosted a charrette to look at the Science of Ecocity Building [PDF] on campus and undertook background research [PDF] on what it would mean to create an Ecocity Fractal. In 2012 we hosted follow up sessions with Ecocity Builders including a workshop exploring how the International Ecocity Standards could be applied to a Vancouver context [PDF], and a session focusing on the IZUNA campus [PDF]. As an outcome of the IZUNA workshop we launched the Eco-Streets [PDF] project, part of the Factor Four Initiative. In 2016 a focus lab on the Headline Indicators for International Ecocity Standards was held at the IZUNA downtown campus.