ISSUE 45 - Fall 2014

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Owens Corning

Inline Fiberglass Ltd.


Morrison Hershfield

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter

Cement Association of Canada

IIDEX Canada

Toronto Green Building Festival

Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute


Forbo Flooring Systems



Eco Insulating Glass

Forest Industry Investment

GE Lighting


VIEWPOINT: Grey Matter: Lessons from the ‘La Cuisine’ building, Winnipeg Folk Festival

A conversation with Tom Monteyne

La Cuisine reclaims and adapts the primary structural components of an obsolete pre-engineered steel building, including the main structural members [columns, beams, and frames], secondary structural components [purlins and girts], and roof cladding. The columns that line the front porch were formally cedar hydro poles used on electrical transmission lines. READ MORE


Farnham Garrison Kitchen and Dining Hall

Thoughtful design raises user comfort and well-being

The new 2,075 m2 single-storey building houses
kitchen and dining facilities for the Department of National Defence at the Farnham Garrison in Farnham, Quebec.  


Westmount Recreation Centre

Recreation centre goes underground to save energy, create green space

Built in the 1960s, the former Westmount arena and pool were outdated and in need of major renovations. To respond to the present needs of Westmount residents, it was decided that the existing facilities would be demolished to make way for a new complex on the previously developed site. READ MORE ...


The Environmental Learning Centre

Light footprint provides lessons in environmental stewardship

From its 175 hectare rural campus 85km north of Vancouver BC, the North Vancouver Outdoor School [NVOS] has offered environmental education programs on behalf of School District 44 for more than 40 years.



CEU Article

Advancing Sustainable Design with Life Cycle Assessment

Life cycle thinking in construction is now more important than ever. Architects and engineers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in making buildings better by taking a holistic, long-range view – not just in costs and energy performance, but in environmental impacts as well.


The occupant factor in low-energy building design

Occupants’ impact on building energy use continues to increase as building components and systems become more efficient. This source of uncertainty extends well beyond lights and plug loads, often including heating and cooling.  READ MORE ...

Interview with Jack Laken

The power of themal mass

President of Termobuild Canada [,] in Toronto, engineer Jack Laken [] has long been a missionary of passive heating and cooling of buildings. The question is: How well are we listening?  READ MORE ...