Issue 24 - July | August 2010

 

SAB Awards Winning Projects
         

The eight selected winners of the 2010 SAB Canadian Green Building Awards

60 RICHMOND EAST HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Teeple Architects Inc.
 
The unique program inspired the building design. The residents are primarily union workers in the hospitality industry, which informed the decision to design a restaurant and training kitchen on the ground floor, owned and run by the residents.
 
 
 

CASCADE HOUSE

Paul Raff Studio
 
Cascade House is oriented precisely North-South-East-West to optimize its passive solar performance. Configured in an L-shape opening southward, its large south-facing windows allow the winter sun to heat the house. A dark slate wall, the primary organizing element of the house, is a passive heat sink: it absorbs the sun's heat by day, and releases it by night.
 
   
 

WEST VANCOUVER COMMUNITY CENTRE

Hughes Condon Marler Architects
 
This project presents a dynamic new approach to community centre design. The building is the social heart of the community. Situated on a Civic Centre site that contains a variety of civic buildings and functions, this project was intended to be the defining element of community life on the site.
 
 
 
 
 

GASTOWN REHAB

Acton Ostry Architects Inc.
 
In Vancouver's Gastown heritage district, five adjacent sites [Alhambra + Garage + Cordage + Grand + Terminus] provided the critical mass necessary to make a significant contribution to the revitalization of the neighbourhood. The project combines rehabilitation with redevelopment that doubles the density of the site, providing a blend of retail and office commercial as well as residential uses.
 
 
 
   

MANITOBA HYDRO PLACE

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg, and Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated
 
Manitoba Hydro, the primary energy utility in the Province of Manitoba, set ambitious goals for its new headquarters, namely, high energy efficiency, urban revitalization, and a supportive workplace. The 65,000m2, 22-storey office tower occupies a full block in the centre of Winnipeg,

 

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SAUDER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Acton Ostry Architects Inc.
 
The Sauder School of Business is located at the geographical centre of the University of British Columbia campus, and at the start of this project comprised a disparate series of buildings constructed over a 30-year period. The original Henry Angus classroom block and office tower were constructed in 1965. The E.D. McPhee North and South additions were built in 1975 and the David Lam Management Research Centre was completed in 1995.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 SOUTHBROOK VINEYARD

Diamond and Schmitt Architects
 
The design of this 850m2 pavilion, set among the vineyards in the heart of Ontario’s wine country, is as much about landscape as it is about
architecture. The building has two
contrasting aspects: a 200m-long
landscape wall with a single entry
on the west side, and on the east side
a floor-to-ceiling glass façade.
 

VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE

Hughes Condon Marler Architects
 
This project presents a dynamic new approach to community centre design. The building is the social heart of the community. Situated on a Civic Centre site that contains a variety of civic buildings and functions, this project was intended to be the defining element of community life on the site.
 
 

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Renewable Energy in Canada

A Status Report

We are in the midst of an energy revolution. The numbers are just in from 2009, and for the second year in a row more money was invested globally in renewable power than in coal, natural gas and nuclear electricity generation combined. Technologies such as wind and solar have come of age and are becoming significant players around the world.
 
 
 
 

RETHINKING ROOFING

The fifth facade

In the world of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional [ICI] construction, the vast majority of buildings have flat roofs that are often not in view. Yet they exist in the harshest of environments - baked under blazing sun, exposed to wind, rain and snow, walked upon by various trades with little concern for the integrity of the membrane. All of this while performing arguably the most important building envelope function - protecting the interior space below by keeping the exterior elements out.

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CaGBC 3rd Annual National Conference

Big on education, networking

The Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] held its 3rd Annual Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre June 8-10, supported by BC Hydro's Powersmart. With the past two years being such successful events for the industry, this year was expected to be bigger and better than ever: a goal that was met with 1,300 attendees over the two days, making this still relatively young event the largest green building conference in Canada.
 
 
 
 
   

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