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|Mark Thompson Brandt, MTBA Associates Inc. [left] and Glenn Burwell NORR Architects & Engineers receive the Existing Building Upgrade Award for the Sir John A. Macdonald Building from National Sponsor Masonite Architectural represented by General Manager Canada Jennifer McGill.|
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 email@example.com. 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
In association with the CaGBC, SABMag has published the 2017 CaGBC LEED Buildings in Review, a complete listing of all 2017 LEED-certified projects in Canada along with 10 sponsored building profiles. Certified projects are listed by certification level making the Review a handy reference. See it here.
If you’re attending the CaGBC 2018 - Building Lasting Change Conference June 5-7, at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto [former Automotive Building]. Please take a few minutes to visit the SABMag booth #410. Information here.
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.
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Mohawk College earns first institutional and second overall Zero Carbon Building – Design certification
The CaGBC has announced that the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation building at Mohawk College in Hamilton has been awarded Zero Carbon Building – Design certification. The Joyce Centre is the second building to receive the certification after the evolve1 building in Waterloo, scheduled to open this summer, and is also the first institutional building in Canada to do so.
CaGBC’s 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.
Designed by mcCallumSather, with core and shell by B+H Architects, the 8,981 m2 [96,670 sq.ft.] building will contain innovative labs, workshops, lecture theatres, industry training centres, all under one iconic roof.
Among the highlights of this project that contributed to its ZCB-Design certification:
• A rooftop photovoltaic [PV] system that produces 500kWp AC, enough carbon-free energy to power the new building.
• A high-performance building envelope consisting of triple-pane glazing and insulated pre-cast sandwich panels, helping to minimize thermal energy demand intensity [TEDI] while maximizing heating, cooling and natural light.
• A variable refrigerant flow [VRF] geoexchange heat pump system that will provide space heating and cooling.
No natural gas onsite – the all-electric set up allows for the easiest route to low carbon for most buildings.
Additional features include:
• Twenty-eight geothermal wells.
• Stormwater harvesting of up to 342,000 L.
• Sensor-controlled LED lighting.
• High-efficiency plumbing fixtures.
• Energy target of <73 ekWh/m2 / annum.
• Green roof with extensive planted areas.
Read more here.
Stephen Teeple—founder of Teeple Architects in Toronto —will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Trent University at the June 6 Convocation Ceremonies in Peterborough, Ontario. The honorary degree follows decades of successful work completed at Trent University by Teeple Architects. A champion of sustainable design, Teeple has won numerous design awards, including from the Canadian Green Building Awards.
Teeple’s award-winning designs have extended to Trent University’s Symons Campus with Trent University Childcare Centre (1994), the Physics Building (1999), the Chemical Sciences Building (2008), and most recently the new Student Centre (2017). This contribution to Trent University’s landscape was one of factors in proposing Mr. Teeple as the recipient of the Honorary Degree.
“It has been an honour to contribute to the Trent University landscape, and—in turn—Trent University has contributed to my professional development and the opportunities that have been awarded to Teeple Architects,” says Mr. Teeple in acknowledgement of the recognition.
Outside of his work with the company, Mr. Teeple is a prominent member of the Canadian arts and design community, committed to active and ongoing engagement in all aspects of discourse regarding design, creativity and the public realm. He has delivered public lectures at numerous Canadian post-secondary institutions, such as University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Dalhousie University, University of Manitoba, University of Waterloo and University of Western Ontario, and is an architectural critic and author.
He is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 2013, Mr. Teeple was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Metal for his outstanding contribution to Canadian culture.
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.
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.
The Vancouver Regional Construction Association [VRCA], in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society, has announced the opening of Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence [ZEBCoE] this summer.
The mission of the Centre is to accelerate the capacity of local developers, designers and builders to deliver cost-effective, attractive, zero emissions new residential and commercial buildings in Vancouver. Recognizing that knowledge, inspiration, and the building industry itself is not confined to municipal boundaries, the Centre aspires to learn from both local and global leaders and to expand its mission to support zero emissions building across the province.
As host of the Centre, VRCA will work closely with key partners Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society, as well as industry stakeholders BCIT, Canada Green Building Council, Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, Roofing Contractors Association of BC, SFU, Stuart Olson Centre for Building Performance, UBC, Vancity, Wood WORKS! BC, and many more companies, government agencies and NGOs that have voiced their support for this initiative.
“The development and launch of ZEBCoE aligns perfectly with our association’s strategic direction to foster an environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and continuous learning across the industry,” says VRCA President Fiona Famulak. An official launch of the Centre is planned for summer 2018. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 new Best Practice Guide from CPCI summarizes the most current best practices in architectural precast concrete design and construction, and illustrates recommended design details and site practices.