Thanks to our national sponsors
Thanks to our regional sponsors
Five of the nine winning design teams were on hand to receive their Awards presented by our National sponsors: the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI] and Interface; and by our Regional sponsors: Enbridge and Inline Fiberglass.
Unable to attend were: Regional Sponsor Enbridge, and representatives of NSDA Architects for the National Winner the Budzey Building, Aedifica for the Quebec Regional Winner the Groupe Dynamite Atrium, HCMA Architecture + Design and Dub Architects for the National Winner the Jasper Library, and the City of Fort St. John for the British Columbia Regional Winner the Fort St. John Passive House. [Photos: Courtesy CaGBC].
Our 2016 jury [left to right]:
Thanks to our Jury:
Calvin Brook, OAA, SAA, MRAIC, MCIP, RPP, LEED AP Partner, Brook McIlroy Architects, Toronto.
Marie-Odile Marceau, AIBC, FRAIC, LEED AP Partner, McFarland Marceau Architects, Vancouver.
Aman Hehar, P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, Energy Efficiency Manager, Humber College, Toronto.
Marc Bertrand, OAQ, AAPP_Q, MRAIC, Partner, FABRIQ architecture, Montreal.
Photos: Roy Grogan.
The nine winning projects that follow are among the most exemplary of sustainably-designed buildings in Canada
A renovation project that transforms a highly compartmented and energy intensive century old, single-family house into a bright, open and efficient residence. Organized around a central stair that also functions as a light well and ventilation chimney, the house achieves an impressive level of energy performance - close to Passive House standards. With green space provided at every level, the relationship between indoor and outdoor space is apparent everywhere, a remarkable achievement given the constrained site.
The house is insulated with Roxul Safe 'n' Sound.
Owner/Developer Ian Roland and Linda Rothstein
Architect Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
General Contractor Vaughan Construction Management
Structural Engineer Blackwell
Photos Shai Gil
Brian Hall [centre] of National Sponsor, the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute presents a National Award for the Skygarden House to client Ian Roland [left] and to architect Heather Dubbeldam, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design.
A flexible, multi-unit, multi-generational home that provides proof of concept for a new approach to urban intensification. The strategic approach to site planning, building massing, and programmatic flexibility simultaneously addresses the quantitative requirement for increased density, and the qualitative requirement to maintain the physical, social and cultural continuity of the neighbourhood. Passive and active design strategies combine to achieve a high standard of building performance.
Owner/Developer Name withheld
Architect Williamson Chong
Structural Engineer Blackwell
Construction Manager Derek Nicholson Inc.
Millwork BL Woodworking
Windows Torp Inc.
Drawings and Diagrams Williamson Chong
Photos Bob Gundu
The team from Williamson Chong Architects receive a National Award for the Grange Triple Double House [left to right]: Donald Chong, Chris Routley, Betsy Williamson, Kim Jagger of National Sponsor Interface and Shane Williamson.
A simple, strategic and highly reproducible series of interventions have completely transformed this modest residence into an appealing family home. Working within the constraints of a 450ft2 footprint, this project is notable for its compelling, well-proportioned spaces conjured out of an existing structure that was virtually unliveable. With close attention paid to airtightness, insulation levels and high-performance triple-glazed windows and skylights, energy performance has been improved by 90%.
Architect Solares Architecture Inc.
General Contractor Tomislav Knezic
Interior Finishing Contractor Paul Drummond
Landscape Architect R Environs Inc.
Mechanical Engineer SGA Associates Inc.
Structural Engineer Katakkar Engineering associates
Commissioning Agent Blue Green Consulting Group
Photos Derek Monson
Solares Architecture receives a National Award for its Our House project [left to right]: Lilia Sosedova, Jered Gudbranson, Brian Hall of National Sponsor, the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Tom Knezic, Christine Lolley, Elyse Snyder, Josef Hanik, and Melodie Coneybeare.
The bold sculptural form makes this library an enchanting focal point in an otherwise visually unremarkable suburban community. The transparent facade and overhanging roof are part of a passive design strategy, while at the same time blurring the distinction between the interior and exterior of the building. The clear span concrete roof facilitates future reconfiguration of the program, while its undulating form serves to articulate interior spaces of differing character. Overall an engaging project that makes a vital contribution to the quality of community life.
Mineral wool insulation is Roxul Safe 'n' Sound.
Owner/Developer Edmonton Public Library
Architect HCMA Architecture + Design in joint venture with DUB Architects
Structural Engineer Fast + Epp
Mechanical Engineer Williams Engineering Canada Inc.
Electrical Engineer Williams Engineering Canada Inc.
Civil Engineer ISL Engineering and Land Services Inc.
Landscape Architect Carlisle + Associates [now DIALOG]
General Contractor Stuart Olson Dominion Construction
Commissioning Agent Hemisphere Engineering
Photos Hubert Kang Photography
This public sector project is a model for energy-efficient high-rise residential design. The 30% window-to-wall ratio, the high-performance envelope with thermal breaks, radiant in-slab heating and heat recovery ventilation in each suite are strategies all private sector developers should try to emulate. This project is characterized by a remarkable quality and generosity of the interior spaces, making it an example of architecture that could truly transform the lives of its embattled residents.
Much of the project is insulated with Roxul Cavity Rock DD mineral wool.
Architect NSDA Architects
Owner/Developer Budzey Building
Funding Authority BC Housing
Housing Consultant Terra Housing Consultants Ltd.
Structural Engineer Fast + Epp Structural Engineers
Landscape Architect Perry + Associates
Electrical Engineer MMM Group [Electrical]
Mechanical Engineer MMM Group [Mechanical]
Geotechnical Consultant Horizon Engineering
Building Code LMDG Building Code Consultants
Commissioning Agent Inland Technical Services Ltd.
Building Envelope exp. Services Inc.
General Contractor Stuart Olson Construction Ltd.
Photos Derek Lepper Photography
The first Living Building Challenge contender in Ontario, this benchmark project goes beyond net zero energy by meticulously pursuing a range of familiar conservation strategies including: a high-performance envelope with R-40 walls and R-60 roof; a window-to-wall ratio of less than 30%; and triple-glazed windows oriented for optimal solar orientation. A 35kW photovoltaic array contributes to the net positive energy result. Other notable achievements include net zero water, with rain and well water meeting 100% of occupant needs.
Interior paint used for this project is the low-VOC Benjamin Moore ben K626.
Owner/Developer The Regional Municipality of York
Architect DIALOG Ontario Inc. [DIALOG]
Structural Engineer DIALOG
Mechanical Engineer DIALOG
Electrical Engineer DIALOG
Building Envelope Dr. Ted Kesik
Civil Engineer Struct-Con Construction Ltd.
Landscape Architect DIALOG
General Contractor Struct-Con Construction Ltd.
Commissioning Agent MMM Group LTd.
Photos Tom Arban
The team from Dialog accepts the Ontario Regional and Technical Award Winner certificate for the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre [left to right]: Charles Marshall, Associate, Craig Applegath, Principal, Steve Sestic, Associate, Daria Khachi, Principal and Kim Jagger of National Sponsor Interface.
Injecting life into a dead space between two large floor plate industrial buildings, this project achieves the greatest possible benefit to the company’s employees with the minimum possible intervention. Despite the lack of an overt energy strategy, the atrium addresses issues of community, light and air, wellness, material efficiency and building life cycle - all of which are key aspects of sustainability.
Interior paint used for this project is low-VOC Benjamin Moore paint.
Owner/Developer Ciro M. Falluh
General Contractor Reliance Construction Group
Mechanical Engineer Aedifica Consultants
Electrical Engineer Aedifica Consultants
Structural Engineer SBSA Experts-Conseils
Photos Francois Descôteaux
A highly commendable effort by a small and remote municipality to create a prototype residential building to the highest energy performance standards. One of the few single-family houses to be certified to Passive House standards anywhere in Canada, the educational opportunity this project represents is profound - and all the more remarkable because it is located in an area where the economy is dominated by the oil and gas industry.
Architect Marken Projects
Owner/Developer City of Fort St. John
General Contractor City of Fort St. John
Landscape Architect City of Fort St. John
Mechanical Engineer Renu Building Science
Structural Engineer [Structure] Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Structural Engineer [Foundation[ Jim Jarvis Engineering
Commissioning Agent D. Bauer Mechanical
Photos Velvet Leaf Photography
An exemplary project that responds to the opportunities of its site, while respecting the rigours of the North Atlantic coastal climate. A compact plan, strategically placed thermal mass, airtightness 50% better than Passive House standard and a highly insulated building envelope make this a truly low energy house. Add to this the live/work configuration that will reduce transportation energy and the result is a compelling prototype which combines energy conservation, clever programming and contextual sensitivity.
For information on how the windows by Inline Fiberglass were selected to preserve the envelope integrity of the Dura House, visit: http://www.inlinefiberglass.com/Dura_House_Case_Study.pdf
Owner/Developer David Coole
Architect DR Coole Architecture Inc.
General Contractor David Coole
Mechanical Engineer Equilibrium Engineering
Structural Engineer Griggs Engineering
Photos Elemental Photography
David Coole [right] of D.R. Coole Architecture Inc. receives the Atlantic Regional Award for the Dura House from Regional Sponsor Inline Fiberglass represented by Gary Mackin [right].