CHBA announces Net Zero Home Labelling Program

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association [CHBA] has launched  its Net Zero Home Labelling Program which recognizes Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes, and identifies the builders and renovators who provide them. A pilot version of the Net Zero Home Labelling Program ran from September 2015 to December 2016 to validate technical and administrative details.

A national network of CHBA Net Zero Qualified Service Organizations, Energy Advisors and Trainers will work directly with the builders and renovators to design, model, test and inspect each home.

- Builders and Renovators can learn more about the Program at
- Consumer information on the Program can be found at
- Information on the Net Zero Council can be found at

RAIC announces recipient of the 2017 Green Building Award

The Bibliothèque du Boisé in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough, inaugurated in 2013 and  designed by Cardinal Hardy | Labonté Marcil | Eric Pelletier architecte in consortium. [Eric Pelletier architecte and Cardinal Hardy joined Lemay in 2013 and 2014, respectively.] has received the 2017 Green Building Award. Given by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada [RAIC] and the Canada Green Building Council® [CaGBC], the Award recognizes outstanding achievement in buildings that are environmentally responsible and promote the health and wellbeing of users.

The project also received a Canadian Green Building Award in 2014 from SABMag and the CaGBC.

The LEED® Platinum certified building covers 6,000 sq.m and brings together multiple functions: a library, administration, exhibit space and museum archives.

Sustainability strategies include a passive heating system which uses the heat accumulated in a glass prism for redistribution through a geothermal loop. The building relies mostly on natural light, combined with task lighting, for energy savings. The project emphasized the use of certified wood, low-emitting materials, and recycled or regional materials.

 CPCI releases New guide for energy-efficient building design

The thermal performance of buildings plays an important and increasingly significant role in the energy efficiency requirements contained in Canadian building codes. Understanding and meeting these requirements has also become increasingly complex for building designers. The Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute's [CPCI] new guide, Meeting and Exceeding Building Code Thermal Performance Requirements, is a crucial resource for all designers, architects, engineers and building professionals, especially in the early stages of designing a building.

 Baillargeon Doors and Harring Doors join Masonite Architectural family

Canadian-based companies Baillargeon Doors and Harring Doors have joined Masonite Architectural which has introduced a new logo and incorporated all of its brands under one roof.

Baillargeon and Harring will remain the major sources for wood doors and frames in Canada. In the coming months Masonite Architectural will launch a new product portfolio, establish manufacturing centres of excellence, rebrand its marketing support materials, and provide a more powerful web presence with intuitive product selection and specification tools.

 Uponor expands in the U.S. and upgrades Canadian operations

Uponor North America, a leading supplier of plumbing, fire safety, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic piping and pre-insulated piping systems for the residential and commercial building markets, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minnesota to an additional 58,000 sf to meet customer demand. It is also consolidating the Canadian head office with its eastern distribution centre in Mississauga, with satellite offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Québec and Atlantic Canada. The Mississauga location will offer training classes and engineering continuing education units.


Henry Tufts, author of the Aspen Root Passive House which appeared in the Spring, 2017 issue of SABMag, was incorrectly identified. He is with BridgmanCollaborative Architecture in Winnipeg.



New Document Six, 2017 Edition aims to reduce risk for architects and clients

By Don Ardiel, MRAIC
RAIC Director of Practice Support

What is Document 6?
RAIC Document Six is the standard form of contract in Canada for the delivery of architectural services. It is comprehensive in scope, provides clarity in role definition and responsibilities, and provides for flexibility in project definition. It presents a balanced approach in respecting the interests of both the client and the architect.

Why use it?
The use of RAIC Document Six, Canadian Standard Form of Contract for Architectural Services reduces project risk for both the client and the architect. At the beginning of a project, the client, and architect benefit from walking through the articles of Document Six in a process where each educates the other to responsibilities, limitations, and con-straints. Project risk is reduced through increased understanding of expectations and clarity of roles. The RAIC hopes that the new Document Six will result in broad acceptance by both clients and architects. 

Why was the 2006 edition updated?
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of supplemental conditions that clients have added to the standard form of contract that has substantially increased the risk to the architect. In some cases, these conditions result in the loss of professional liability insurance coverage, thereby depriving the client of the very protection they seek. In several provinces, an architect signing a contract that results in the loss of insurability may lead to a finding of professional misconduct.

The development of Document Six, 2017 Edition, was focussed on presenting a balanced approach to the interests of both client and architect and placing the manage-ment of project risk in the hands of the party most capable of managing it.
How was it updated?

Document Six, 2017 Edition was developed by the RAIC Practice Support Committee with representation from both architects and clients. The committee sought broad input from over 30 prominent stakeholder groups, including client-owners, provincial regula-tors, and insurers.

When will it be available?
The new Document Six and the Guide to Document Six will be available in both official languages from the RAIC website under Professional Resources on March 22, 2017.

Document Six and the accompanying Guide are free to all and can be downloaded from the RAIC website. However, the use of Document Six in a contract situation requires that authorization seals be affixed to each copy of the contract. Authorizations seals may be purchased from the RAIC with a discount for RAIC members.

The 2006 edition of Document Six will still be available on the RAIC website.
Don Ardiel, MRAIC, an architect based in London, ON, joined the RAIC in 2016 as Director of Practice Support. Among his responsibilities, he oversees the RAIC Syllabus Program and the Canadian Handbook of Practice. He also supports multi-industry groups such as the Federal Real Property Advisory Committee and the Construction Industry Consultative Committee.

Our oversight: King Edward Villa

In the article on the six-storey mixed-use King Edward Villa in Vancouver published in the Winter 2016/17 issue of SABMag, our apologies for neglecting to include the Project Credts as follows:

  • Owner/Developer: Richard Wong
  • Architect: GBL Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Bryson Markulin Zickmantel
  • Mechanical Engineer: SRC Electrical Engineer
  • Construction Manager: Performance Construction
  • Wood Prefabricator: Mitsui Homes
  • Code Consultant: Protection Engineering

New book: Making Urban Nature

Making Urban Nature, by Dutch publisher,, is an inspirational book of examples about nature-inclusive designing in European cities. It calls for the integration of nature in the designs of buildings and outdoor spaces and includes practical examples and design suggestions.

Because nature-inclusive design is still in its infancy, very little has yet been published on the subject.  Making Urban Nature provides an introduction to the pioneering practice of nature-inclusive design on the basis of both theory and practice. The research is conducted by Bureau Stadsnatuur [Urban Nature Rotterdam], the Dutch National History Museum of Nature and funded by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie [Creative Industries Fund NL].

The authors, Piet Vollaard, Jacques Vink and Niels de Zwarte, see nature as an integral part of the urban organism and highly important to the quality of life in the city, which is fully expressed in the book. 

Paperback, 256 p, 20 x 25 cm, 300 illustrations, ISBN 978-94-6208-317-2.

Passive House supplier, Pinwheel, launches new site

The new web site,, asks, “Why are we building the equivalent of a hoodie with a thin rain jacket on top for our houses when we really need a thick breathable down jacket?  We design and build for Canada. Vapour tight on the inside, and breathable on the outside, just like a Gore-Tex jacket.” As a supplier of a building system and components for Passive House construction, Pinwheel backs up its building philosophy as expressed on its new web site with drawing details, construction photos and a project portfolio; and promises more information to come as a resource to complement the national site:

2017 Canadian Green Building Awards winners to be presented May 30, Vancouver

The winning projects of the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards will be presented on May 30 in Vancouver to kick off the open the as part of the CaGBC’s  annual national conference, Building Lasting Change, which runs from May 30 to June 1 []. This is a great occasion to see some of the most leading-edge, high-performance buildings in Canada and to network with design professionals. For details: