The eight projects selected in the 2014 Canadian Green Building Awards are among the most exemplary sustainably-designed buildings in Canada. Our thanks to our jurors for their diligence, and to our sponsors whose support make the Awards possible. We especially thank all those who entered the 2014 Awards. Your participation is helping to advance ideas of improved building design for the betterment of the Canadian public.


Thanks to our generous 2014 sponsors: Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, Autodesk, Uponor and Interface.


2014 JURY [left to right]:

Christopher Simmonds B.E.S., B.Arch., OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP - Principal of the award-winning firm Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.

Jennifer Sanguinetti, P.Eng., P.E., LEED AP [BD+C], Building Services, University of British Columbia

Brian Rudy BES, B.Arch., OAA, MRAIC. Principal at Moriyama Teshima Architects

Kevin Stelzer B.Arch., B.E.S., OAA, NLAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, BD+C, BSSO. Principal at B+H Architects

 


MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP STORE, NORTH VANCOUVER

Mountain Equipment Co-op representatives Sean McSweeney [left] and Sandy Tregaus, CFO [centre] receive the Awards certificate for the MEC North Vancouver store on behalf of Proscenium Architects from Brian Hall, Managing Director of sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI].

 
JURY COMMENT

A beautiful building with impressive performance - the more so because it is a retail facility that needs to attract and engage customers. The site development and integration with the park is carefully considered. MEC raises the bar every time it developes a new store.

PROJECT CREDITS

Owner/Developer  Mountain Equipment Co-op

Architect  Proscenium Architecture and Interiors Inc.

General Contractor  Ventana Construction Corporation

Landscape Architect  Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc.

Civil Engineer  Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.

Mechanical/Electrical Engineer  Pageau Morel and Associates Inc.

Structural Engineer  Fast + Epp Structural Engineers

Commissioning Agent  Stantec Consulting

LEED Consultant  Recollective

Development Manager  Corin Flood  

Geotechnical Consultant  Geopacific Consultants Ltd. 

Photos  Bob Matheson Photography/Randy Sharp, Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architects Inc.  

MATERIALS

Steel frame with structural insulated panels with curtain wall, concrete slab, TPO roof, vegetated facade by Green Screen, fiberglass windows by Cascadia Windows Ltd., resilient flooring by Forbo.

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VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN VISITOR CENTRE, VANCOUVER

Representatives of  Perkins+Will [left to right] Gerrett Lim, Joanna Peacock, Ryan Bragg [Principal], and Kathy Wardle receive the Awards certificate for the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre from Suresh Parmachand, Senior Marketing Manager,  of sponsor Uponor.

 JURY COMMENT
A beautiful building with an interesting variety of spaces and an innovative palette of materials and assemblies. The very impressive performance metrics are a testimony to an integrated and in-depth approach to mechanical and other building systems. The combination of architectural excellence and high technical performance is compelling.

PROJECT CREDITS
Owner  Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
Architect  Perkins+Will
General Contractor  Ledcor Construction
Structural Engineer  Fast + Epp
Mechanical/ Electrical Engineer  Integral Group [Cobalt Engineering]
Civil Engineer  R.F. Binnie & Associate
Code Consultant  B.R. Thorson Ltd.
Cost Consultant  BTY Group
Envelope Consultant  Morrison Hershfield
Landscape Architect  Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc. with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
LighTing Design  Total Lighting Solutions
Ecology Consultant  Raincoast Applied Ecology
Acoustical Consultant  BKL Consultants
Commissioning Agent  KD Engineering
Commissioning Authority  KD Engineering Co.

MATERIALS
Rammed earth sidings, vegetated roof by Zinco Canada, refab glued-laminated beam roof system; Columbia Glazing Systems. Solar and geothermal energy used to heat water, and radiant floor slab heating by Uponor.

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GOLDCORP MINING INNOVATION SUITE, LASSONDE MINING BUILDING

From left to right, Mauro Carreno of Baird Sampson Neuert Architects [BSN], University of Toronto representatives Steve Miszuk [Director Planning and Infrastructure], and Brent Sleep [Chair of Civil Engineering], and Jon Neuert of BSN receive their Awards certificates for The Goldcorp Mining Innovation Suite of the Lassonde Mining Building, University of Toronto from Nadine Gudz, Director, Sustainability Strategy of sponsor Interface.

 JURY COMMENT
The future of city building will require a great deal of attention to be paid to adaptive reuse. This project, which combines a strong sustainable agenda with a beautiful architectural narrative,  sets an important precedent.The expression of  the passive ventilation system makes a sculptural addition to the historic structure, while inside, students have the opportunity to track real time energy performance on a digital dashboard.

PROJECT CREDITS
Client  University of Toronto
Architect  Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc.
Structural engineer  Blackwell Bowick Partnership Inc.
Mechanical/electrical engineer  Crossey Engineering Limited
General contractor  Urbacon
Commissioning agent  Hunter Facilities Management Inc.
Systems integration  Dr. Ted Kesik
Leed consultant  BSN Architects
Photos  Terence Tourangeau

MATERIALS
Fibreglass insulation by Owens Corning, and 25 mm layer of spray foam insulation on inner face of masonry wall. Low-formaldehyde particle board and interior finish plywood, Interface carpet tile, Forbo Marmoleum [linoleum] flooring, bamboo flooring by Nadurra.
Low-VOC paint by Sherwin Williams.

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CENTRE FOR INTERACTIVE RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABILITY

Representatives of Perkins+Will [left to right] Ryan Bragg [Principal], Joanna Peacock, Gerrett Lim and Kathy Wardle receive the Awards certificate for the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability from Brian Hall of sponsor the CPCI.

 JURY COMMENT
A benchmark project with respect to the implementation of green building strategies in Canada. Given its scale, the risks taken by the client and design team in the name of research are huge. Spaces are warm, interesting and well lit, and the metrics are beginning to confirm that this is a very high-performance building.

PROJECT CREDITS
Client  University of British Columbia Sustainability Initiative
Architect  Perkins+Will
Structural Engineer  Fast + Epp
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer  Stantec
Civil Engineer  Core Group Consultants
Geotechnical Consultant  Trow Associates Inc.
Landscape Consultant  PWL Partnership
Interior Design  Perkins+Will
Code Consultant  LMDG Building Code Consultants
Building Envelope Consultant  Morrison Hershfield Limited
Acoustic Consultant  BKL Consultants
Audio Visual Consultant  MC Squared System Design Group
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment  Haworth
Construction Management  Heatherbrae Construction
Owner Representative  UBC Properties Trust
Wastewater Consultant  Eco-Tek Ecological Technologies
Rainwater Consultant  NovaTec Consultants
Photos  Martin Tessler  

MATERIALS
Glulam structure, masonry and stone, vegetated roofing, vegetated facade [living wall] by Green Screen. Finished concrete, carpet tile,  raised flooring; low-VOC paint by General Paints [Sherwin Williams]. Building-integrated photovoltaics and solar collector array, heat  recovery system captures waste heat from adjacent building for transfer to heat pumps.

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ONE PLANET RENO, OTTAWA

Scott Demark [left], partner in BuildGreen Solutions, receives his Awards certificate for the One Planet Reno project from Suresh Parmachand, of sponsor Uponor.

 JURY COMMENT
The story behind this project is as compelling as the building itself. The design team looked at almost every green building metric and made an earnest attempt to incorporate the best of each in a truly holistic approach to sustainable design. The result takes a standard Ontario residential prototype and updates it in an engaging and sometimes quirky way. The energy performance in particular is exemplary.

PROJECT CREDITS
Client  Scott Demark
Architect  BuildGreen Solutions
General Contractor  Botan Construction Ltd.
Mechanical Designer  EcoGen Energy
Structural Engineer  Halsall Associates
Photos  Christian Lalonde

MATERIALS
Framing and engineered wood insulated with mineral wool and spray foam insulation, fiberglass windows by Inline Fiberglass, partially vegetated roof. Zehnder Novus 300 ERV [Energy Recovery Ventilator], photovoltaic and solar heating panels.

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CANMET MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

 
 

From left to right, Mike Williams from RWDI, Birgit Siber, John Featherstone and Cecily Eckhardt from Diamond Schmitt Architects accept their Awards certificates for the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory from Brian Hall of sponsor the CPCI.

JURY COMMENT
An exceptional project that combines high performance and rigorous planning with interesting, well lit and beautifully detailed interior spaces. These types of buildings generally have high energy intensity, which makes the achievements of this project even harder to ignore.

PROJECT CREDITS
Owner  McMaster Innovation Park
Tenant  CANMET Material Technology Laboratory, NRCAN
Architect  Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Structural Engineer  RJC
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer  Integral Group [Cobalt Engineering]
LEED Consultant  Integral Group [Cobalt Engineering]
Building Envelope  RJC
Commissioning Agent  CFMS
Civil Engineer  AJ Clarke And Associates 
General Contractor  EllisDon

MATERIALS
Concrete and masonry construction with radiant heating and cooling piping buried in the ceiling slabs; high-performance insulating glass, zinc and cement composite siding. A solarwall heats incoming fresh air, solar thermal roof collectors heat water for radiant systems supplemented by geothermal. Bamboo flooring by Smith & Fong Co. supplied by Taproot Distribution, polished concrete floors.
 

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BIBLIOTHEQUE DU BOISE

CANMET MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LABORATO

Denis Clermont [left] of Les Architectes Labonte Marcil [and accepting for consortium partners Cardinal Hardy, Labonté Marcil and Eric Pelletier Architect], and Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent, accepts theirs Award certificates for Bibliothèque du Boisé from Suresh Parmachand of sponsor Uponor.

 JURY COMMENT
The crafting of this project was compelling - from the site planning, through the programming, right down to the execution of the details. The building has a variety of beautifully lit and welcoming spaces, in keeping with the new role that libraries play as community living rooms. This is also a very high-performance building - an impressive achievement altogether.

PROJECT CREDITS
Architects  Eric Pelletier architecte, Cardinal Hardy et associés, s.e.n.c., Les Architectes Labonté Marcil s.e.n.c.
Client  Ville de Montréal, arrondissement de St-Laurent
Landscape Architect  Cardinal Hardy et associés, s.e.n.c.
Structural engineer  SDK et associés Inc.
M&E engineers  Leroux Beaudoin Hurens et associés Inc.
Acoustic Consultant  Davidson & Associés inc.
LEED Consultant  EXP
General Contractor  Pomerleau inc.

MATERIALS
Steel and concrete construction with curtain wall, skylights, prefabricated wall panels with metal facing, vegetated roof, Interface carpet tile. Geothermal providing in-floor heating using the Uponor system. Pumps by Taco Canada Ltd.

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UNBC BIO-ENERGY PLANT

Mona Lemoine [left] of Hughes Condon Marler receives the Awards certificate for the UNBC Bio-Energy Plant from Nadine Gudz of sponsor Interface.

JURY COMMENT
This project is exemplary for bringing local energy production into view and so elevating public consciousness around ownership and responsibility. An elegant building whose expression is rooted in ’place’; a fabulous example of what more communities in Canada should be doing.

PROJECT CREDITS
Owner/Developer  University of Northern British Columbia
Architect  Hughes Condon Marler Architects
General Contractor  IDL Projects Inc.
Landscape Architect  Jay Lazzarin Landscape Architect
Civil Engineer  L&M Engineering
Electrical/ Mechanical Engineer  MMM Group
Structural Engineer  Bush Bohlman & Partners
Photos  Hughes Condon Marler Architects

MATERIALS
Glulam and steel frame, concrete, spray foam insulation and curtain wall, tapered EPS insulation sidings of metal, fibre cement, and western red cedar; Nexterra Biomass Gasification System; Interface carpet tile.

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