Third Space Commons

Design-Build Partners – Vancouver, BC



  • Electrical
    From preconstruction to construction to post project support and service, Houle provides all your electrical construction and renovation needs.
  • Lighting
    Houle offers in-house lighting design, consultation, installation, and maintenance services. We focus on energy saving solutions so you can lower your electricity bill while reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Fire Alarm
    Houle can upgrade, replace, and/or install an existing or new fire alarm system at your facility.
  • Structured Cabling
    From full server rooms to multiple site roll-outs to large construction based projects, Houle’s Network Systems team can serve all your needs.
  • Security
    Houle is dedicated to providing solutions that can fully integrate all security operations. We provide full-service support and integration to every other area of your operation that involves security, including data networks, building automation, lighting systems, and more.

Scope of Work

Owner: University of British Columbia

Founded in 2019, Third Quadrant Design (TQD) is a student-run interdisciplinary design team that is working towards expanding green building education at UBC. TQD will represent UBC at the 2023 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge. Over the span of two years, TQD will design and build a net-zero energy, net-zero carbon, live-work single-family home — Third Space, located at UBC’s Vancouver Campus.

The Third Space project has three lives:
1. The existing building will provide the necessary materials and systems to build Third House, showing the feasibility for reuse in today’s building market.
2. In its second life, Third Space will serve as a single-family home for the Solar Decathlon competition.
3. Following completion, the building will serve as a living lab and student collaboration space for UBC students.

Our Contributions
As a build-partner, we are supplying field labour, materials, and project management time to help expedite project completion for early 2023. We will be completing the lighting, lighting control, distribution, fire alarm, and data & security systems for the project. In collaboration with other key stakeholders, our goal is to identify creative solutions to minimize our carbon footprint.