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Register NOW for the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards
Register now to receive your Entry Kit for the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards. With nine submission categories, the Awards is a great opportunity to have your work recognized and published in SABMag, and on the SABMag web site and newsletter. Eligible projects must have been substantially completed between January 1, 2015 and February 28, 2018. If you entered a project last year, enter it again. A different jury can bring different results. An entry fee applies only when you make your submission. Deadline for submissions March 9, 2018.
Heather Dubbeldam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP Principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Toronto
Lindsay Oster, MAA, SAA, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP Principal of Prairie Architects Inc., Winnipeg
Thomas Schweitzer, OAQ Director of Architecture, Ædifica, Montreal
If you have a project that was LEED certified in 2017 then consider participating in the Special Supplement, “2017 LEED Buildings-in-Review” which will be published in partnership with the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] in the Spring issue of Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag]. In addition to the print version, the digital version of the Supplement will be distributed nationally to SABMag readers, and placed on the SABMag web site.
SABMag will create a ½-page, full page, or a double page profile of your project. You just provide the materials by March 16 and we’ll do the layout. Don’t miss this chance to showcase your achievement in this public record of 2017 LEED-certified projects. See the digital version from last year.
Sponsorships are now open for the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards, a national program offered by SABMag. Awards sponsors receive year-long visibility and direct participation in the Awards presentation at the CaGBC Annual Conference, with a return in benefits of more than double sponsor investment. See details here. Contact Don Griffith at 1-800-520-6281, x304; firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Hadi El-Shayeb, Liat Margolis, and Jennifer Drake
Green or vegetated roof technology is widely recognized as a key component of sustainable building design across North America. Arguably, the most important design factor is the composition of the growing medium. Work undertaken by the University of Toronto Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory [GRIT Lab], involving from multiple fields including landscape architecture, engineering, biology, forestry, policy makers, and industry professionals, is investigating the environmental performance of vegetated roofs. Read the article.
SABMag's new 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.
The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have announced that its joint venture – GBCI Canada – has launched. GBCI Canada was formed to accelerate green building market transformation in Canada, which is the second largest market for LEED outside of the U.S. GBCI Canada enables the Canadian industry to leverage new opportunities to validate enhanced building performance and increase emissions reductions, operational savings and human health benefits.
GBCI Canada exclusively administers project certifications within the framework of the LEED green building rating systems, as well as the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) for land use, Parksmart for parking structures, TRUE Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits, and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.
Nellie Cheng will also join GBCI Canada as its Managing Director. Cheng brings three decades of experience, including working with GBCI, the World Green Building Council and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission. email@example.com
The Continuing Education Course from SABMag entitled, “Universal Design as Social Sustainability”,argues that to reflect societal values of democracy and inclusivity, buildings must be designed to be accessible to all. This in turn implies that universal design must be seen not as an optional add-on, but as an essential and integrated aspect of all aspects of the built environment.
The author proposes that strategies for ‘mainstreaming’ universal design may be seen as similar to those that have successfully changed our thinking about environmental sustainability over the last 20 years.
Case studies explore how accessible design complements environmental and social sustainability, and how such examples can demonstrate to governing bodies, the general public, and to architects and designers the benefits of meeting the accessibility needs of everyone.
SABMag Continuing Education articles are certified by Green Business Certification Inc. [GBCI] so that professionals who read any of the articles and pass the quiz receive a 1-hour learning unit toward maintaining their LEED credential.
Essential Cordwood Building: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by BC-based New Society Publishers is a fully illustrated 144-page guide to all aspects of design, material specification, construction, detailing, maintenance, and code compliance of cordwood building - log-ends set in insulated mortar for an economical, low-impact building method proven in centuries-old buildings. Ideal for both the DIYer and professional builder alike.
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.