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The project teams behind the nine winning projects of the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards will be officially announced during the Awards presentation event on June 4 in Toronto at the Beanfield Centre [former Automotive Building] on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds from 4:30 pm to 6 pm, just before the start of the National Conference of the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] the next day. The nine winning projects will be published in the Summer issue of SABMag and distributed at the conference. If interested in attending the Awards presentation event, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a rare opportunity to see a presentation of the most leading-edge buildings in Canada, and to meet the design teams.
We thank our jurors:
- Heather Dubbeldam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP Principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Toronto
- Thomas Schweitzer, OAQ Director of Architecture, Ædifica, Montreal
- Lindsay Oster, MAA, SAA, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP Principal of Prairie Architects Inc., Winnipeg
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The Spring issue of SABMag contains the 2017 CaGBC LEED Buildings in Review, a complete listing of all 2017 LEED-certified projects in Canada along with 10 sponsored building profiles. Readers will also find two clever infill projects: the Uribe House in Winnipeg and the Crosstown Elementary School in downtown Vancouver, ways to apply renewable energy in architecture, achieving Living Building Challenge performance on a budget, and more.
The Spring Toronto and BC Spring FOCUS publications, published by SABMag with the CaGBC Toronto and BC Chapters, look at Building Resilience to Climate Change, creation of a three-tier river valley system in former industrialized land, the new BC Energy Step Code, and the new Surrey Biofuel facility to transform organic waste to biofuel to offset natural gas. CaGBC Toronto FOCUS. CaGBC BC FOCUS.
Mark Hutchinson, Vice President of Green Building Programs at the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC], was front and centre in helping develop the CaGBC’s rigorous new zero carbon standard.
1.What is evolv1?
Due for completion in Summer 2018, evolv1 is a 110,000 square foot commercial multi-tenant office building by The Cora Group, a premier developer and manager of Class A office space in the Waterloo Region. The building is one of 16 elite projects across Canada to be selected by the CaGBC to participate in a two-year pilot of its new Zero Carbon Building Standard, and is the first to earn the Zero Carbon Building - Design certification. evolv1 will be the home to Waterloo tech company TextNow as well as anchor tenant E&Y. Remarkably, this zero carbon building, targeting LEED Platinum, is being delivered at standard construction costs.
2.How was the certification met?
Designed and engineered by global design firm Stantec, and constructed by Melloul Blamey, evolv1 had to demonstrate zero carbon design excellence, showing that it has: modelled a zero carbon balance for future operations; incorporated a highly efficient envelope and ventilation system to meet a defined threshold for thermal energy demand intensity [including a solar wall for preheated ventilation, and a geo-exchange/VRF HVAC system], and a photovoltaics installation capable of providing a minimum of 5 percent of building energy consumption.
3.How will results be measured?
Over the course of the first 12 months of operation, evolv1 will monitor performance to demonstrate that it has achieved a zero emissions balance in order to earn Zero Carbon Building – Performance certification. The performance of the building will be verified each year thereafter.
4.Just to back up briefly, what is the goal of the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative?
The CaGBC launched the Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative in 2016 to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. CaGBC believes that a zero carbon approach is critical to eliminating virtually all building emissions by 2050, as required to avoid the worst effects of climate change per the Paris Agreement.
5.In a few words, explain the Zero Carbon Building Standard
The Standard is the framework for achieving zero carbon in new and existing commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings. It is the first in North America to use carbon instead of energy efficiency to measure a building’s impact. Recognizing the choice of energy sources and the carbon intensity of regional electrical grids is critical to assessing environmental impacts and guiding investments. The Zero Carbon Building program reinforces the importance of energy efficiency while also driving careful choices about the types of energy used and encouraging more renewable energy generation both on the building site and offsite. Details are found at cagbc.org/zerocarbon.
Schluter’s floor warming system provides sound control and thermal break
DITRA-HEAT-DUO by Schluter reduces sound transmission in addition to warming the floor and fully supporting the floor covering to ensure a lasting installation. Designed mainly for the concrete construction of condos, it’s the first electric floor warming system with an integrated thermal break and sound control. Read about it here. It was used in the Uribe Infill House featured in the Spring issue of SABMag noted above.
SABMag's 2018 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building is organized by Product Category and by LEED Category according to LEED v4. The Directory also offers a quick view of the structure of LEED v4, courtesy of our partner Ecospex, and is a quick reference for finding products.
Lafarge Canada Inc. and Metro Vancouver have reached a three-year agreement to use water treatment residuals from the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant as material in cement manufacturing, and thus becoming part of the circular economy. The residuals are the solids removed during the drinking water filtration process, and consist of materials from the source water [sediments and naturally occurring elements] and treatment chemicals [coagulants and polymers]. They contain a chemical profile that mimics that of red shale, a virgin aggregate input required as a raw material in cement manufacturing.
The agreement means that fewer virgin materials would be needed to be mined, while residuals would be kept out of the landfill. LafargeHolcim’s Global 2030 Sustainability Plan calls for increased waste-derived resources to be used in its manufacturing processes. The agreement with Metro Vancouver represents a minimum of 10,000 tonnes per year. email@example.com
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Forbo introduces new, award-winning Marmoleum Solid collection
Forbo’s new Marmoleum Solid collection, aade with natural, renewable ingredients, combines award-winning design with durability and sustainability to create a healthy, pure foundation for today’s interior environments.
The Marmoleum Solid collection includes nature-inspired finishes and the innovative Marmoleum Cocoa collection which was awarded a 2017 iF Product Design Award. By adding cocoa shells to traditional Marmoleum ingredients, Forbo created a surface texture that is both natural looking and contemporary. Marmoleum Cocoa and Slate have each won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award as well.
The Marmoleum Solid collections are 100% biobased, naturally PVC-free and phthalate-free, and feature inherent antimicrobial and antistatic properties that improve indoor air quality and resist bacteria growth without chemical additives.
The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI] and the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association [CCPPA] have announced a new, all-encompassing certification program, the new Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance Certification Program, which will take the place of two existing ones.