Issue 23 - May | June 2010


Performance Matters: The Next Generation of Sustainable buildings anD communities                   

Millennium Water, Vancouver

Reflections on the Promise, Process and Performance of a prototype sustainable community
 With a long and checkered history spanning more than a decade, several municipal elections and  multiple  about-turns in design direction, the development of Vancouver’s South East False Creek [SEFC] sustainable neighbourhood, has attracted more controversy than any other planning initiative since Expo ’86.    VIEW SPREAD


Insulation Product Types

Thermal Mass and Energy Performance

The least expensive and essential first step to saving energy is to increase thermal resistance of the building envelope with insulation. Manufacturers provide a variety of insulation types and applications, each having varying environmental trade-offs.   more

Darling Home for Kids

Green agenda helps the chronically ill

The Darling Home for Kids provides high quality respite and palliative care services for families with children who are medically fragile and technology dependent, many of whom suffer from progressive or terminal illnesses. The building sits amid 31 hectares of woodland, among the rolling hills of the Niagara escarpment.    more

Charlesbourg Library

Partial subterranean infill animates historic district

The expansion of the Charlesbourg Public Library, in the heart of the centrally located Trait-Carré historic district of Quebec City, included many challenges, among them how to address the following questions:
• How could  the new library become a vehicle and a support for memories associated with the site while at the same time meeting all present and future needs ?
• How could the new plan and public spaces contribute to the creation of an animated urban environment?

Salt Building revival

Restored heritage warehouse targets LEED-Gold certification

The Salt Building is centrally located in Vancouver’s new Southeast False Creek [SEFC] sustainable neighbourhood. Dating from the 1930s, it is the only remaining structure in the first phase of SEFC that connects directly back to False Creek’s rich industrial past of sawmills, shipbuilding, and steel fabrication.




Lighting Controls

Strategies for Wireless Systems

Minimizing the energy consumption for lighting can only be achieved when the lighting is controlled in an efficient manner. The better this goal is achieved, the greater the energy savings. 


Advertisers in this issue


CertainTeed Gypsum
CertainTeed Insulation 
Morrison Hershfield
Eco Insulating Glass
Nedlaw Living Walls
Benjamin Moore
Western Red Cedar Lumber Assoc.
Innotech Windows + Doors
Ion Irrigation Managment Inc.
Inline Fiberglass Ltd.
Canadian Precast Concrete Inst.














Nora Systems
BC Hydro

ZCL Composites Inc.
Western Archrib
Mitsubishi Electric
Ruud Lighting Canada
Hubbell Canada
C.E.S. Group
Canadian Sheet Steel Building Inst.
Shaw Contract Group