Net-Positive Design

Net-Positive Design: Creating Regenerative Buildings and Communities

Analysis of regenerative-design buildings and its concepts and philosophies of product selection, implementation, and measurement for net-positive impact


Regenerative-design buildings go beyond typical green construction by seeking to achieve a net-positive impact on both ecological integrity and human well-being. Net-positive performance can be achieved by spilling over to the community the benefits derived at regenerative buildings. This course will explore the concepts and philosophies of regenerative design and how architecture and development teams can approach restorative goals from concept to product selection, implementation, and long-term measurement. The University of British Columbia building is a living laboratory for restorative design practices, offering a real-time case study on the future of sustainable buildings that contribute to creating regenerative and resilient communities.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the core principles of regenerative design and its importance to future buildings.                     
  • Be able to incorporate regenerative concepts into current and future building designs.
  • Understand how regenerative principles are impacting real-time operations at the CIRS building at the University of British Columbia.
  • Be able to implement collaborative, systems-based approached to sustainable design.
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Average: 4.5 (113 votes)
$40 non-member
$25 member
1.00 LU
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  • Alberto Cayuela

    Alberto Cayuela


    Associate Director, UBC’s Sustainability Initiative (USI) / Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

    Alberto Cayuela is the Associate Director of UBC’s Sustainability Initiative (USI) and the Centre...
  • Kathy Wardle

    Kathy Wardle


    Associate Principal, Perkins+Will

    As Associate Principal and Director of Research at Perkins+Will, Kathy Wardle is instrumental in...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz