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Third Space Commons Rendering Net-Zero Carbon Sustainable Building

Third Space Commons

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Project info

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. Its first life was the recycled materials used from a previous building and other sites. The second life is the single-family home being built for the Solar Decathlon competition. The third life will take place when the single-family home design is converted into a living lab and student collaboration space after the decathlon.  

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 electrical distribution, lighting, fire alarm, security systems, and structured cabling for the project. In collaboration with other key stakeholders, our goal is to identify creative solutions to minimize our carbon footprint.


  • Sector: Institutional
  • Completion: 2023
  • Owner: University of British Columbia