Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Planning for Festival of Architecture well advanced for Spring 2017

As the country joins together in the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada [RAIC] and the Ontario Association of Architects [OAA] have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture in Ottawa May 24-27.

Under the theme of Architecture 150, the Festival offers an excellent opportunity to obtain continuing education credits, network and socialize with friends and colleagues. The four-day event takes place at the Westin Hotel, steps from Parliament Hill, the ByWard Market and the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“We invite architects from across Canada and international guests to join us in the nation’s capital,” says RAIC President Ewa Bieniecka, FIRAC. “The 2017 RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss.”
Adding to the sense of this historic occasion, the RAIC will also mark the 110th anniversary of its founding as Canada’s national architecture association.

“Canada, 50 years ago, embarked on a vision for the country in which architecture played a major role in defining our culture,” adds OAA President Toon Dreessen, FRAIC. “Now, as we celebrate the sesquicentennial, it’s time to reflect as well as look towards our future.”

Registration opens in March at Delegates are urged to book soon as rooms are filling up fast. The national capital region’s many attractions including award-winning restaurants, historic sites, national museums and must-see architecture by Moshe Safdie, Arthur Erickson, and Ernest Cormier.

The Festival kicks off Wednesday, May 24 with an opening party at the Canadian War Museum. Over the next days, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in more than 90 sessions and architectural tours to earn professional continuing education credits.
The RAIC Emerging Practitioners chapter whose mission is to connect and strengthen the voice of interns across Canada and help them on the path to licensure, will host events for interns. The OAA Admission Course will be held during the Festival, a mandatory requirement for licensure for interns in Ontario.

Festival is also time to appreciate high achievement. The RAIC College of Fellows formally recognizes members and distinguished laypersons who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. The College will induct new members on Thursday, May 25 at the Canadian Museum of History. Graduates of the RAIC’s Syllabus Program will also be present to receive their diplomas.

The President’s Dinner and Awards Gala on Friday, May 26, will celebrate excellence in the built environment; recipients of the RAIC’s and OAA’s various awards will be in attendance to accept their honours and be recognized for their outstanding projects.
On the last day, the RAIC will host the first International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium on Saturday, May 27 at the Wabano Centre, exploring best practices in Indigenous design, architecture, and place-making.

Come learn, connect and celebrate at the 2017 Festival of Architecture. Details at

All new categories announced for the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards

In recognition of the quality and variety of projects now being submitted to the Canadian Green Building Awards, a program of Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag] and the Canada Green Building Council, the awards advisory board has decided to recognize excellence in the following project categories.

The 2017 Awards program will launch January 3, 2017 with judging on March 24.
1. Residential [small]
Open to new or renovated buildings less than 600m2 in area, of which a minimum of 75% is dedicated to residential uses.
2. Residential [large]
Open to new or renovated buildings [or groups of related buildings] greater than 600m2 in area, of which at least 75% is dedicated to residential uses.
3. Commercial/Industrial [small]
Open to new or renovated buildings up to 2,000m2 in area, of which more than 75% is dedicated to commercial or industrial uses.
4. Commercial/industrial [large]
Open to new or renovated buildings [or groups of related buildings] greater than 2,000m2 in area, of which at least 75% of the floor area is dedicated to commercial or industrial uses.
5. Institutional [small]
Open to new or renovated buildings up to 2,000m2 in area, of which more than 75% is dedicated to institutional uses.
6. Institutional [large]
Open to new or renovated buildings [or groups of buildings] greater than 2,000m2 in area, of which at least 75% of the floor area is dedicated to institutional uses.
7. Mixed Use
Open to new or renovated buildings [or groups of related buildings] of any size, in which no individual use exceeds 75% of the overall floor area.
8. Existing Building Upgrade
Open to buildings of any size or type in which the primary focus of the work has been to enhance the performance or extend the life of an existing structure.
9. Interior Design
Open to interior design projects of any size or type. Entries in this category are required to respond only to the submission criteria appropriate to the project.

Winning projects will be officially announced in an awards ceremony at the CaGBC National Convention in Vancouver, and published in the Summer 2017 issue of SABMag. All submitted projects will be considered for publishing in SABMag.
To receive an Entry Kit, register [without obligation] at

New site a resource on Canadian passive building

The new site [] from Passive Buildings Canada shares Passive House knowledge and experience to assist Canadians in reducing building energy consumption and carbon emissions. The passive building professionals behind the site believe that all Canadian buildings will be durable, energy efficient and comfortable through the use of Passive House principles.  The site offers information based on  rigorous, practical building science, and seeks to connect with other organizations to strengthen the low-energy-building movement.

The site features:
• Gallery: projects from across Canada meeting criteria of low-energy buildings
• Haus Talks: webinars on topics of interest to  members
• Connections to other like-minded groups.
• Committees by members for members: focussing on current issues and concerns, such as changes in Building Codes.

Consider participating and contributing to post a project to the Gallery, suggest a Haus Talk topic, help connect to another group or create/join a committee.

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Interface awarded for sustainable oceans management

Flooring manufacturer, Interface, has been awarded a U.S. 2016 Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence [ACE] in Sustainable Oceans Management, by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

The award is given to companies who contribute to the growth and sustainable development of the local economies in which they work. Interface was recognized for its efforts around decreasing marine pollution in coastal areas of the Philippines while improving the lives of local communities – evidenced by its Net-Works initiative.

Net-Works was designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. Net-Works pays local people to collect the nets, which Interface uses to produce 100% recycled carpet yarn.

As of 2015, the program has operated in 26 communities and directly benefited over 4,000 people. It supports Interface’s Mission Zero goal to source 100% recycled material for its carpet tile. The  ACE ceremony will occur on January 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. EST, and streamed online at

CaGBC launches Zero Carbon Building Framework

The Canada Green Building Council® [CaGBC] has released a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework for the assessment of highly energy efficient buildings that minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The Framework is the first stage of a broader CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

Working with Integral Group’s Research and Planning group in Vancouver, the CaGBC consulted with approximately 50 individuals representing 40 organizations in the building sector and undertook a comprehensive review of nine international net zero building approaches. The resulting CaGBC Framework facilitates broad participation across a range of building types and sizes, provides a clear definition for zero carbon buildings, and establishes five key components for the evaluation of building carbon footprints that are detailed below. 
1. A greenhouse gas intensity metric for assessing a building’s emissions, calculated using regional emissions factors.
2. Energy intensity metrics to incentivize the design of highly efficient, reliable and resilient buildings.
3. A peak energy demand metric to encourage the use of “peak shaving” measures.
4. An embodied carbon metric to recognize the importance of building material lifecycle impacts.
5. A requirement that renewable energy be generated on-site or procured directly in order to ensure the addition of clean power generation.

The next phases of the Zero Carbon Initiative include the identification of specific pathways to zero carbon, a zero carbon building pilot program, and the development of a verification program to be completed and launched by CaGBC by the end of the second quarter of 2017.

Josée Lupien sole Canadian to win LEED Fellow in 2016

At the recognition gala of the Greenbuild International Conference in Los Angeles in october, Josée Lupien – LEED AP BD+C & ID+C – was awarded the status of LEED Fellow, the most prestigious distinction in the sustainable building industry.

The first woman in the construction industry from the Province of Quebec to become a LEED Fellow, part of the professional green building industry for over 12 years, and a founding member of the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Green Building Council, she has helped place Quebec at the forefront of Canada’s sustainable construction industry.

Her company, Vertima, which manages third-party validation and certification of ecological materials for manufacturers, is widely recognized for its leading-edge expertise in green building and LEED certification.

Cordwood Building

Written by Rob Roy, who has been researching and teaching about cordwood masonry for 40 years, Cordwood Building covers various wall-building methods and new mortar options to electrical wiring and code compliance, and augmented by fresh case studies from around the world. More than a dozen new chapters cover the array of innovations in cordwood construction since the book was first released nearly 15 years ago.

Paperback, 288 pages, $19.45, ISBN: 9780865718289.

Thermal break materials improve envelope performance

Armadillo Structural Connections group has developed Armatherm™ thermal break materials which significantly reduce the amount of energy lost from thermal bridging in structural steel and façade connections and improve building envelope performance.
Applications include balcony, canopy, parapet, masonry shelf angle, cladding/ Z-girt and curtain wall mullion connections which can improve the effective U value of wall assemblies by as much as 70%.

Remote-monitored HRV

Ventacity’s Smart Ventilation Management Systems provide efficient, intelligent and secure 24/7 control of indoor air quality in smaller commercial buildings. Ventacity is  the first to integrate intelligent heat recovery ventilation, a secure, private cloud network and remote monitoring and management services to optimize indoor air quality in real time while reducing HVAC energy use.


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The 2017 edition of the Moriyama RAIC International Prize officially launched

By Maria Cook, RAIC Manager of Communications and Advocacy

In 2012, the Chinese architect Li Xiaodong told the online magazine Dezeen that "sustainability is a must" for new buildings in China. Otherwise, it's "the end of the world.”

Two years later, in 2014, Li Xiaodong became the inaugural recipient of the Moriyama RAIC International Prize in architecture for the Liyuan Library. 
Located outside Beijing, its sustainability features include a cooling system that draws cold air from the surface of a lake and pulls it up through the building, and 99 percent recyclable materials. See for details.

The criteria for the winning project are that it be transformative within its societal context and expressive of the humanistic values of justice, respect, equality and inclusiveness. It is awarded specifically to a building that is already in use, rather than a new project or body of work, and that has been shown to improve its community.

In harmony with its natural environment, the Liyuan Library met the spirit of the prize beautifully with its focus on education, the local community, and economic development. Li Xiaodong went on to give well-attended talks in Montreal and Toronto. The lecture series was recorded and can be viewed online at

Raymond Moriyama, a distinguished anadian architect, and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada [RAIC],  partnered with the RAIC Foundation in 2014 to create the prize. The goal was to raise the international stature of the RAIC and the Canadian architectural profession and to encourage Canadian architects to aspire to international excellence.

The first edition of the prize received submissions for projects in nine countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Tajikistan. The jury had included RAIC Gold Medalists Bing Thom, Patricia Patkau, and Brian MacKay-Lyons. Also on the jury were Maxime-Alexis Frappier, winner of the RAIC’s 2013 Young Architect Award, British architect Edward Cullinan, and architect and chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows, Barry Johns.

With the 2017 edition of the Moriyama RAIC International Prize officially launched in early fall, the RAIC Foundation expects to see submissions of the highest quality from all over the globe.

LiteZone™ Glass Units win 2016 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year

Alberta-based LiteZone™ Glass Inc. has been named the winner of the 2016 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award for their LiteZone™ Glass Units. The company was on-hand to receive the award at the Building Lasting Change 2016 Gala Dinner on June 8 in Toron-to. The award was presented to President Greg Clarahan by Shyam Ramrekha, Product Manager, UL Environment, who sponsored the Award this year. [See page 46 for interview with Greg Clarahan].

 Product submissions were assessed based on four key areas: sustainability, transparency and verification, innovation, and application. LiteZone™ Glass Units were chosen by the jury based on energy performance and durability. The GoConex system by Lewen Electronics was the runner-up. By eliminating the need to physically connect switches to lights and other loads, this intuitive system reduces the economic costs and environmental impacts of wiring and electrical boxes, savings hundreds of feet of wiring and dozens of electrical boxes in a typical home installation. This system is more consumer friendly, , thus reducing vapour barrier penetrations and improving energy efficiency.

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Career and Technology Centre at Lord Shaughnessy High School in Calgary wins CaGBC’s Greenest School in Canada 2016

The CaGBC and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools have named the Career and Technology Centre [CTC] at Lord Shaughnessy High School in Calgary as the winner of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition for its “amazing Energy and Environmental Innovation program.” Launched in 2014, the competition publicizes schools which exemplify how sustainability can be woven into the infrastructure, culture and curriculum.

The runners up of the 2016 Greenest School in Canada competition were the Argyle Alternative School in Winnipeg, and the Reynolds Secondary School in Victoria. More details: visit the CaGBC’s website

CanPHI West is now Passive House Canada | Maison Passive Canada

Canadian Passive House Institute West [CanPHI West] is now officially Passive House Canada - a national organization, with a mandate to accelerate nationwide adoption of the Passive House high-performance building standard throughout Canada’s design and construction industry. It also has a new website which includes a map of Passive House projects in Canada,  a directory of certified Passive House professionals, a job board, a resource centre, and a list of upcoming courses and events, and other member benefits.

SABMag now on phones and tablets

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Zibi receives prestigious international award for planning and design

Zibi, a redevelopment project in the heart of the national capital with aspirations of becoming the world's most sustainable community, has received the International Society of City and Regional Planners' [ISOCARP] award of excellence for planning and design.

 The award - the highest bestowed by the organization - was presented to Zibi developers Windmill Developments and Dream Unlimited Corp., and their partner FOTENN Planning + Design, at ISOCARP's International Congress in Durban, South Africa.

 The ISOCARP Award For Excellence rewards plans with a strong focus on sustainability, innovation, regeneration and resilience. Zibi has also received awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners and the American Planning Association. Over the next 15 years, Zibi will transform the long-vacant industrial lands straddling Ottawa and Gatineau into a complete waterfront community that blends low- and high-rise residential buildings, restaurants, pubs, merchants and office spaces, outdoor squares, recreational facilities, and a hotel.

Teknion to pursue WELL certification for two showrooms

Teknion Corporation will pursue WELL Certification for its New York and Toronto showrooms by the International WELL Building Institute™ [IWBI™] through its WELL Building Stand-ard™ - which measures, certifies and monitors features of the built environment that affect human health and well-being, Teknion will implement Ventilation Effectiveness, VOC Reduction, Fundamental Material Safety, Health and Wellness Awareness, Beauty and Design, Ergonomics and Biophilia.

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design awarded Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, a winner in the 2014 and 2016 Canadian Green Building Awards, has been awarded the 2016 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts.

The award will support Dubbeldam’s research entitled ‘The Next Green – Innovation in Sustainable Housing’, which entails travel to Scandinavia and Germany to study passive houses, Net-Zero Energy homes, regenerative design [buildings that produce more energy than they consume], building-integrated photovoltaics, and responsive or ‘intelligent’ materials– all to stimulate a dialogue about the role of sustainable design as a generator for design excellence in architecture.

Follow Dubbeldam’s travels and documented research at