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Tsawwassen First Nation Youth Centre receives Institutional (Small) Award

The design of the two-storey building by Mackin Tanaka Architecture bridges tradition and modernity, its narrative unfolding through its form, structure, materials and relationship to site.  Glazing is bird-friendly, and the building can be completely demountable at the end of its service life. All operating energy is met using hydroelectric power. The gymnasium on the second floor has a Sportec underlayment overlaid with Sportec UNI classic 4mm. Damtec wave flooring was installed as a resilient layer over the entire second floor. Sportec and Damtec supplied by Ideal Fit. Read more.

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Wood100® DLT from International Timberframes

We engineer, manufacture and install Wood100® DLT, a 100% wood, no glue DLT. Available as stacked and cross laminated. Architects, engineers and builders are realising the potential of Wood100® DLT as a healthy, sustainable and energy efficient building product. Collaborating with architects on detail solutions across the design process guarantees quality control from start to finish.

Interior design excellence at the BNP Paribas office

The first project in Canada to be certified under Version 2 of the WELL Building Standard, the new headquarters for BNP Paribas by architects Provencher_Roy alleviates overcrowding and brings its 140 staff under one roof. The company chose to relocate and refit 140,000 sq.ft. of space spread over six floors of an existing 1970s office building. The client wanted a fluid, flexible work area. Thus, work areas are not assigned; employees can settle wherever they want in the building, or even telecommute. The workstations are arranged at the perimeter, so employees benefit from maximum natural light. Common spaces are located at the core of the building. Read more.

2021 SABMag Directory a quick reference of products for high-performance building  

SABMag’s 2021 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building is organized by Product Category and by LEED Category. The Directory also offers a quick view of the structure of LEED, and is a quick reference for finding products. Examples of featured listings include:

Fantech: Make Fantech your source for high quality residential and commercial ventilation products. You’ll find a wide range of products to fit any application. Each one engineered for quality and dependability.

Daikin Applied: Daikin Applied designs and manufactures technologically advanced commercial HVAC systems for customers around the world. Our goal is to deliver superior air quality and energy efficiency to every solution with innovation in advanced technology, IoT, and next generation compressors.

Klimatrol Environmental Systems: Klimatrol, 25 Years providing Radiant Floor Heating and Cooling system. We use only the highest quality PEX pipe and provide field support to ensure your system is correctly installed. YOUR SOURCE FOR ULTIMATE COMFORT AND ENERGY SAVINGS.

Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc.: Designed specifically for the Canadian HVAC market, City Multi water-source system provides optimum occupant comfort while  substantially minimizing installation  costs and energy consumption  with it’s 2-pipe VRF technology.

Find your path to Zero Carbon at BLC

Building Lasting Change (BLC) , October 26-28, 2021, brings together green building experts and thought leaders to discuss the latest industry trends, ideas and innovations. This year’s online conference will focus on getting the sector to commit to concrete and sustainable climate action. Register.


Marmoleum Modular tiles 

Forbo’s Marmoleum Modular collection presents sustainable linoleum tiles in various sizes and designs that allows you to create stunning floor designs. The planks and tiles are created around visuals of wood, concrete, stone and marble and can be used to mix and match or on their own, both delivering a beautiful sustainable floor. Explore the Marmoleum Modular designs. 

Check out the latest issue of Imagineering Magazine!  

Check out the latest issue of Imagineering Magazine! It features precast concrete projects such as a large Amazon warehouse using insulated precast concrete panels, the West Calgary ring road and bridge system using NU girders, a condo and rental apartment complex using facetted exterior precast concrete panels, and a tower that integrates part of a heritage building and uses numerous types of precast concrete components. See the digital version here.

Laneway Housing earns the Residential (Small) Award

Designed by BSN Architects using Passive House (PH) principles, the project optimizes prefabrication and on-site assembly methods using PH-certified wall panels with factory- installed windows, structural insulated panels for the roof, and shallow super-insulated GEO-Passive foundation slabs with ThermaSill PH thresholds by Legalett . The thermally-treated ash cladding, supplied by CFP Woods, will weather to a natural patina grey. The three laneway houses share an integrated rooftop PV array installed by Guelph Solar.
Read more.

Owens Corning launches PINK NEXT GEN™ FIBERGLAS®

Owens Corning’s PINK NEXT GEN™ FIBERGLAS® enables up to 23% faster installation and has an advanced fibre technology which creates a tightly woven network of soft, fine fibres to form a super-resilient blanket of insulating micro-pockets. According to Owens Corning, the new insulation offers 99%-safer fire performance with  no chemical fire retardants added, has no formaldehyde added, requires no hazardous chemicals mixed on-site, and is Underwriter Laboratories (UL) GREENGUARD certified for low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Available in several R values and with a texture as soft as cotton, PINK NEXT GEN™ FIBERGLAS® has exceptional product recovery and improved stiffness, allowing it to fill standard cavities completely and staying put. 

“So You Want to BUILD a HOUSE”

The book is a guide for people wanting to build a house, leading them through the important considerations of the building site including slope, soil type, bedrock, and other issues that may have an effect on the cost of construction; choosing an architect or home designer and how to prepare a space program; and building codes and regulations. It discusses details of construction such as excavation for the foundation, types of floor and wall construction methods, roofing options, alternatives for windows and doors, electrical and mechanical installations, and more. 102 pages with illustrations. Available on Amazon or from the publisher, authorHOUSE.