ISSUE 49 - Fall 2015





Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute


Forbo Flooring Systems

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Inline Fibreglass

Morrison Hershfield

Concrete Council of Canada





Sustainable Design Showcase


The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

The recent Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games provided a showcase for Canadian athletes, and at the same time a showcase for Canadian green design. Five of the facilities built for the Games were awarded LEED certification prior to the opening ceremonies on July 15.  Read more ...


Ronald McDonald House


House in a garden designed for economy and healing

Ronald McDonald House Toronto provides a ‘home away from home’ for families with seriously ill children who are receiving care at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children but live outside the Greater Toronto Area. The new House is designed to encourage a sense of normalcy for the children and their families, providing an environment where ‘kids can be kids’ to the fullest extent possible. It is a place of comfort, security and refuge. Read more ...


Montreal Planetarium


Star-gazing building demonstrates environmentally-responsive architecture on Earth

Located within Montreal’s iconic Olympic Park complex, this project was the winning entry in a two-stage international competition. Read more ...

Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre


Form and materials promote ecological responsibility

Located in the St. Vital district of south central Winnipeg, the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre is a building with a clear sense of purpose. In an area with more than its fair share of social challenges, the Centre serves a multicultural community of about 4,000, a mainly aboriginal and immigrant population.  Read more ...


Passive House set to make strides


Energy efficiency is not the only consideration in designing sustainable buildings, but most would say that it's at the top of the list. Even with the programs and rating systems that we have in place to improve energy efficiency, one could argue that the market has not made high energy efficiency a prime goal.   Read more ...


Sustainable suburbs


In 2011, for the first time in nearly a century, the rate of urban population growth outpaced suburban growth, reversing a trend that began with the invention of the automobile. In metropolitan areas, the majority of construction activity has now shifted to what planners call the “urban core” while the demand for large single-family homes in the suburbs is declining. One might reasonably ask “How does this shift affect suburban areas?”   Read more ...


Social Sustainability in Practice


Finding a way to design the physical and social aspects of a community

Today, it is the task of averting drastic climate change that might be described
as an experiment – a vast social experiment in decision-making and democratic action.  
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Interview with Julie Scarcella


Julie Scarcella, founder of EcoSpex [] has been on a seven-year mission to create and launch her company: an on-line tool to help design and construction professionals quickly find sustainable, energy-efficient and heathy products.    Read more ...