Issue 15 - Jan | Feb 2009


Calgary Court Centre

A big-scale application of sustainable ideas

Located in the heart of Calgary, the new court centre serves both federal and provincial jurisdictions with a total of 73 courtrooms - one configured specifically for aboriginal hearings - making it the largest court facility in Canada. The design for the 1 million SF complex was driven by concerns for transparency, public space, sustainability, circulation, » Read more

Advertisers in this Issue

Armstrong Ceiling
BASF Canada
Canadian Institute Steel Construction
Canadian Precast Concrete Institute

Enbridge Gas Distribution
Inline Fiberglass Ltd.
Legrand North America
Nora Systems
PPG Industries coatings
Spark Modern Fires

Tate Access Floors
Thermotech Fiberglass
Western Archrib

 niagara regional headquarters 

Model green design squeezes most from tight city budget

The tight budget and schedule requirements of a Design Build contract, combined with the sustainable agenda of a LEED® municipal client set this project apart from others of similar scope and scale. » Read more


The Environmental Legacy of Plastic Buildings

The case made by the plastics industry on behalf of PVC is full of misleading facts and figures that misrepresent or underplay the case against one of the most toxic building materials in use today. » Read more



Stantec toronto

Design firm practices what it preaches in office refit

This rehabilitation and conversion project brings the 170 employees of various disciplines who make up Stantec's Toronto operation into one 4,925 sq.m integrated work environment - making a strong statement about the company's commitment to sustainable » Read more


commercial glazing systems

A summary of recent advances

Many of Canada’s commercial buildings were built over 40 years ago when there were few, if any, worries about energy performance and environmental responsibility. » Read more

Poduct focus: flooring

Life cycle considerations and types

The 'take, make and waste' system upon which most of our industries were founded is the legacy of a time when resources seemed limitless; there were fewer » Read more