MARCH 2018

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[1] Nine winning projects selected in Canadian Green Building Awards
[2] Sponsor the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards for year-long benefits
[3] Canada Green Building Council sets 2030 Roadmap for $32B Retrofit Economy
[4] One-page case studies tell more
[5] New 2018 SABMag Directory lists products for LEED v4 construction
[6] Green Building Initiative acquires global rights to Green Globes
[7]Roofing from recycled tires covers St. Andrews’ Old Course Hotel
[8] Get Continuing Education credits through SABMag 
[9] Endeavour Centre offers sustainable building programs

[10] News from our partners:



forbo flooringCPCI 

Nine winning projects selected in Canadian Green Building Awards

After a full day of deliberation the jury of the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards selected nine winning projects, representing both small- and large-scale projects and building types. We thank our jurors:
Heather Dubbeldam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP Principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Toronto
Thomas Schweitzer, OAQ Director of Architecture, Ædifica, Montreal
Lindsay Oster, MAA, SAA, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP Principal of Prairie Architects Inc., Winnipeg.

We will officially announce the winning projects during the Awards presentation event on June 4 in Toronto at the Beanfield Centre [former Automotive Building] on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds from 4:30 pm to 6 pm, just before the start of the National Conference of the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] the next day. The nine winning projects will be published in the Summer issue of SABMag and distributed at the conference. If interested in attending the Awards presentation event, please RSVP to dgriffith@sabmagazine.com.

National Sponsors

Category Sponsors AltexUponor and Inline Fiberglass

Sponsor the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards for year-long benefits

Sponsorships are now open for the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards, a national program offered by SABMag. Awards sponsors receive year-long visibility and direct participation in the Awards presentation at the CaGBC Annual Conference, with a return in benefits of more than double sponsor investment. See details here. Contact Don Griffith at 1-800-520-6281, x304; dgriffith@sabmagazine.com.

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Canada Green Building Council sets 2030 Roadmap for $32B Retrofit Economy

A new report by the CaGBC, A Roadmap for Retrofits: Building Strong Market Infrastructure for the Retrofit Economy, gives comprehensive actions for industry, non-profit organizations and governments to build a world-leading  retrofit economy by 2030 and improve the performance of existing buildings. The report states that realizing the environmental and economic potential of Canada’s retrofit economy will require industry leadership and innovative market-based mechanisms to generate and sustain results.

The report calls on private financiers, pension funds, insurers, and other financial intermediaries to develop retrofit lending products [like the Investor Confidence Project] and standardized commercial contracts that foster building owner and financier confidence in deep retrofit projects.

The report calls on governments at all levels to leverage their own significant building portfolios to demonstrate the value of retrofit projects, co-invest in education and training with industry to build skills, and undertake smart regulatory and program interventions to attract private-sector capital to projects. [Photo courtesy Canderel].

One-page case studies tell more


Metl-Span® Insulated Metal Panels contribute to envelope upgrade
Read how Metl-Span’s CF Architectural insulated metal panels vastly improved the building envelope performance of the 32-hectare, 102,000 sq.m open-air Deerfoot City Mall in Calgary, while reducing installation time and bringing a vibrant new look to the façade. Read it here.

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New 2018 SABMag Directory lists products for LEED v4 construction

SABMag’s  new 2018 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building [link to 2018 Directory] is organized by Product Category and by LEED Category according to LEED v4. The Directory also offers a quick view of the structure of LEED v4, courtesy of our partner Ecospex, and is a quick reference for finding products.

Examples of featured listings include:
- Thames Valley Brick & Tile,
- Tremco Roofing,
- Cascadia Windows & Doors, and
- ECO Insulating Glass Inc.

Green Building Initiative acquires global rights to Green Globes

The U.S.-based non-profit Green Building Initiative [GBI] has acquired the global rights to Green Globes®, a sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. The  acquisition now allows GBI to support existing Green Globes users in Canada, and to expand the reach of the rating system globally.

GBI has experienced significant growth over the last two years and has certified 1,594 buildings or almost 300 million square feet of real estate since its founding in 2004. GBI has established a Canadian non-profit subsidiary - GB Initiative Canada - to support the growth and previously established use of Green Globes in the Canadian marketplace. www.TheGBI.org/Canada.

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Roofing from recycled tires covers St. Andrews’ Old Course Hotel

Calgary-based Euroshield won the job to re-roof the venerable Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland using its Heritage Slate product made largely of recycled tires for long life and resistance to all types of weather. See the brief video on the home page. Euroshield alone uses over half of all crumb rubber consumed by Alberta manufacturers.

Get Continuing Education credits through SABMag

SABMag education articles offer continuing education credits for maintaining LEED credentials. Register here to read and take the quiz for a selection of GBCI-approved articles. They’re free as a service to our readers.

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Endeavour Centre offers sustainable building programs

The Endeavour Centre based in Peterborough, ON is offering two new programs this year:
• Natural Building Intensive - August 7 – August 31 This one-month course will give participants a chance to construct two small buildings from foundation to finish, and gain experience with just about every natural material/strategy available in this part of the world. http://endeavourcentre.org/2018/01/natural-building-intensive/
• Sustainable Renovations – May 7 to Sept 28 Participants will make a net zero energy, net zero carbon, zero toxin and zero waste renovation to an urban lane way garage to turn it into healthy and efficient living space. http://endeavourcentre.org/programs/sustainable-renovations-course/

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 News from our partners

Get more information on the sustainable activities of our partners

Forbo renews biobased Marmoleum Striato collection


Forbo introduces new, award-winning Marmoleum Solid collection

Forbo’s new Marmoleum Solid collection, aade with natural, renewable ingredients, combines award-winning design with durability and sustainability to create a healthy, pure foundation for today’s interior environments.

The Marmoleum Solid collection includes nature-inspired finishes and the innovative Marmoleum Cocoa collection which was awarded a 2017 iF Product Design Award. By adding cocoa shells to traditional Marmoleum ingredients, Forbo created a surface texture that is both natural looking and contemporary. Marmoleum Cocoa and Slate have each won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award as well.

The Marmoleum Solid collections are 100% biobased, naturally PVC-free and phthalate-free, and feature inherent antimicrobial and antistatic properties that improve indoor air quality and resist bacteria growth without chemical additives.

Get complete details at: http://sabmagazine.com/forbo-newproducts.html and www.forboflooringNA.com.

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Improving Certification for Precast Concrete Producers

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI] and the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association [CCPPA] have announced a new, all-encompassing certification program, the new Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance Certification Program, which will take the place of two existing ones.