SABMag 59 - Spring 2018





Owens Corning

Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute

Inline Fiberglass






One York Street

Succeeding with sustainability and human wellness in tandem

The office building at One York Street in downtown Toronto is part of a 200,000m2 mixed-use development along the central waterfront in the new South Core of Toronto. One York is Toronto’s highest-scoring LEED Core+Shell certified office project to date – achieving Platinum certification at 89 points. Read more ...

Casa Uribe

Urban infill combines simplicity and performance

As an architect, designing and building one’s own home is the quintessential challenge: to walk the talk while dreaming on a budget. Being in the position of clients gave my wife and me a new perspective on decision making. Read more ...

Highlighting LEED®-certified buildings in 2017

LEED CANADA Buildings-in-Review

Welcome to the eighth edition of the LEED in Canada: Buildings in Review supplement, produced in partnership with SABMag. In this supplement, you will read about some of the most innovative and efficient buildings in Canada. LEED certification provides a critical third-party seal of approval in the marketplace, and ensures that a building has gone through a rigorous process to verify their environmental performance targets. Read more ...

Is B.C.’s Energy Step Code a blueprint for Canada?

Innovative building standard off to a promising start

In 2017, British Columbia introduced what might be North America’s most innovative beyond-code standard for energy efficiency. The B.C. Energy Step Code is an opt-in regulation that enables local governments to pursue improved levels of performance for new homes and buildings — creating healthier and more comfortable spaces that are more affordable to heat. It’s a promising experiment that could chart a path for the rest of Canada. Read more ...

Advancing the application of renewable energy in architecture


This article outlines a two-tier design approach that can assist architects to achieve their goal of a Net Zero Energy building. The first stage is to reduce the overall operating energy demand of the building; and the second is to replace traditional energy derived from fossil fuels with energy from renewable sources. Recent technological advances are making renewable energy options more attractive, both in terms of
output and cost recovery.
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Crosstown Elementary School

Design for better learning and community use in Vancouver’s downtown core

Crosstown Elementary School is the first urban school built in Vancouver’s downtown core in a decade, Rapid densification has brought a sharp increase in the number of one- and two-child families choosing to live in centrally located towers, rather than move to the suburbs. Read more ...


Living Building Challenge performance on a budget

Launched in 2006, the Living Building Challenge is a rigorous certification program that sets absolute performance standards and requires proof that they have been achieved before awarding certification. There are seven categories [or petals], most comprising several imperatives, all of which must be met if recognition for that petal is to be achieved. Full recognition requires a building to meet the imperatives of all seven petals; partial recognition requires a building to achieve three petals, one of which must be Water, Energy or Materials. Read more


With Aura Lee MacPherson

Aura Lee MacPherson of MacPherson Engineering in Regina says they have been providing creative engineering solutions for radiant heating and cooling for all types of buildings for years through their Radiant Link system [], and have now engineered a simplified, economical system which uses the thermal mass of concrete basement walls. Read more ...