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Thanks to our 2017 jury
The nine winning projects that follow are among the most exemplary of sustainably-designed buildings in Canada
- INSTITUTIONAL LARGE AWARD - Amber Trails Community School, Winnipeg
- TECHNICAL AWARD - De Waal Net Zero House, Edmonton
- INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD - Eva’s Phoenix, Toronto
- RESIDENTIAL LARGE AWARD - River City Phases 1 & 2, Toronto
- COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL LARGE AWARD - Queen Richmond Centre West, Toronto
- INSTITUTIONAL SMALL AWARD - Gare Fluviale de Lévis, Quebec
- EXISTING BUILDING UPGRADE AWARD - Sir John A. Macdonald Building, Ottawa
- RESIDENTIAL SMALL AWARD - Lockeport Beach House, Lockeport Beach, NS
- MIXED USE AWARD - Marine Gateway Development, Vancouver
Amber Trails Community School, Winnipeg
Jury comments: This project encourages social interaction and community engagement through the physical organization of its multiple programs. Operating before and after regular school hours increases the efficiency of building use, while energy and water consumption reductions of close to 70% are remarkable. Programs such as the community farm raise awareness around broader aspects of sustainability. A community school in the truest sense.
- Owner Public Schools Finance Board & Seven Oaks School Division
- Architect Prairie Architects Inc.
- Structural Engineer Wolfrom Engineering
- Mechanical/electrical Engineer MMM Group Ltd.
- Commissioning Agent Integrated Designs
- Building Envelope Commissioning QCA Building Envelope Ltd.
- Civil Engineer WSP
- Landscape Architect HTFC Planning & Design
- General Contractor Bockstael Construction
- Photos Joel Ross, CLICK.STUDIO
- Energy intensity 91KWh/m2/year
- Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under MNECB  71%
- Potable water consumption from municipal sources 1,143 L/occupant/year
- Potable water consumption reduction relative to reference building 67%
- Regional materials [as defined by LEED] by value 36%
- Reclaimed and recycled materials by value 20%
- Construction materials diverted from landfill 86%
Lindsay Oster of Prairie Architects Inc. receives the Institutional [Large] Award for Amber Trails Community School from National Sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute represented by Managing Director Brian Hall.
De Waal Net Zero House, Edmonton
Jury comments: A commendable example of environmentally responsible densification, that is both gentle in its addition of a secondary suite, and transferable in its use of off-the-shelf technology and local labour. The project achieves its net zero ambitions in a holistic way, exploiting passive solar orientation and creating a highly insulated and airtight building envelope before adding photovoltaic panels for make-up energy. Water conservation and material selection strategies are also commendable.
- Architects The design is a collaboration between De Waal Developments and Designex Consulting
- Owner Koen de Waal
- Landscape Architect De Waal Developments
- General Contractor De Waal Developments
- Photos Cooper and O'Hara Photography, Merle Prosofsky
- Energy intensity 26 KWh/m2/year. All energy required on an annual basis is supplied by a 25KW photovoltaic array
- Potable water consumption from municipal sources 76.7L/occupant/day
- Potable water consumption savings 67% [City of Edmonton statistics]
Supplier: Duxton Windows and Doors.
Koen de Waal of De Waal Developments Ltd. receives the Technical Award for the De Waal Net Zero House from National Sponsor Masonite Architectural represented by General Manager Canada Jennifer McGill.
Jury comments: A very sophisticated project done on a very tiny budget. The strong social sustainability agenda was supported by the clever resolution of complex technical problems, most notably day-lighting, that required negotiation with municipal building authorities. Leaving the central atrium unheated makes it feel more like a regular street, and at the same time minimizes the conditioned area of the building, and maximizes energy savings.
- Owner Eva’s Initiatives
- Architect & Interiors LGA Architectural Partners
- Structural Engineer Blackwell Structural Engineers
- Mechanical Engineer LAM & Associates
- Electrical Engineer LAM & Associates
- Civil Engineer Fabian Papa and Partners
- Acoustical Engineer Aercoustics
- Code David Hine Engineering
- Daylight Peer Review Sun Positions/ R. Bouwmeester
- Landscape Architect Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, a division of FORREC Ltd.
- Heritage Consultant E.R.A.
- Client/Project Manager Colliers Project Leaders
- General Contractor Somerville Construction Management
- Photos Ben Rahn / A-Frame
Jury comments: A brownfield project that stands out for its emphasis on a mix of unit types, the quality of its public realm, and its success in promoting shared car and transit use. The provision of individually metered power, heat and water fosters a culture of conservation among residents. The balanced design response to the mandated LEED gold requirement has resulted in a project whose performance is exemplary for its size.
- Owner Urban Capital
- Architects ZAS Architects. Joint Venture Architects Saucier + Perrotte architectes
- Structural Engineer MMM/WSP
- Mechanical/Electrical Engineer Smith & Andersen
- Commissioning Agent Adjeleian Rubeli Ltd.
- Civil Engineer RV Andersen
- Landscape Architect Planning Partnership
- General Contractor Blues Cape
- Photos Jose Uribe/Pureblink
- Energy intensity 208 kWh/m2/year
- Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under MNECB 1997 48%
- Potable water consumption from municipal sources 27,390 L/occupant/year
- Reduction in potable water consumption relative to reference building 46%
- Regional materials content [as defined by LEED] by value 24%
- Reclaimed and recycled materials by value 6%
- Construction waste diverted from landfill 81%
Supplier: Zinco green roof [sedum carpet and perennial garden].
Jury comments: An impressive and innovative example of heritage preservation, adaptive reuse and densifica-tion. The lobby is stunning, animating the street and offering the opportunity for a variety of community activities. The project hits all the sustainability buttons, both in terms of exemplary building performance and its contribution to the social, cultural and economic life of the neighbourhood.
- Owner Allied Properties REIT
- Architect Sweeny &Co Architects Inc.
- Structural engineer Stephenson Engineering
- Mechanical engineer TMP
- Electrical engineer Mulvey & Banani
- LEED consultant Ecovert
- Civil engineer MGM Consulting Inc.
- Landscape architect NAK Design
- General contractor Eastern Construction
- Steel fabricator Walters Inc.
- Cast Steel Node Design Cast Connex
- Photos Younes Bounhar
- Energy intensity 198 kWh/m2/year
- Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under ASHRAE 90.1 2007 28%
- Potable water consumption from municipal sources 3,678 L/occupant/year
- Reduction in potable water consumption relative to reference building 42%
- Regional materials content [as defined by LEED] by value 33%
- Reclaimed and recycled materials by value 31%
- Construction waste diverted from landfill 83%
Jury comments: An inviting, bright and attractive building that combines economy and elegance with conscientious use of local materials and a sensitivity to its rich natural and historic context. The use of local wood elevates the architectural tone, giving a warm atmosphere to a highly functional building type. The project also leveraged improvements to the surrounding public realm, making it open and accessible to the public.
- Owner Société des traversiers du Québec
- Architect Gagnon Letellier Cyr Ricard Mathieu & Associés Architectes
- Project Manager The Société Québécoise des infrastructures
- Mechanical Engineer Tetratech
- Electrical Engineer Tetratech
- Civil Engineer Stantec
- Landscape Architect Planier
- General Contractor Constructions Béland & Lapointe
- Photos Stéphane Groleau
- Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under MNECB 1997 33%
- Potable water consumption from municipal sources 2,832 L/occupant/year
- Potable water consumption reduction relative to reference building 39%
- Regional materials (as defined by LEED) by value 67%
- Reclaimed and recycled materials by value 22%
- Construction materials diverted from landfill 99%
Maxime Turgeon [centre left] and Marc Letellier [centre right] of Gagnon Letellier Cyr Ricard Mathieu & Associé Architectes receive the Institutional [Small] Award for the Gare fluviale [Ferry Station] de Lévis from Institutional Category Sponsor Altex represented by John Lowe, Architectural Sales Consultant [far left] and Mark Lim, Technical Representative [far right].
Sir John A. Macdonald Building, Ottawa
Jury comments: Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this project is how the envelope and building systems upgrades have been so discreetly integrated into the heritage structure. Architecturally, the atrium ties together the old structure with the new addition, while incorporating daylighting and ventilation strategies. A very sensitive, subtle and sustainable retrofit.
- Owner Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Architects NORR Architects & Engineers in association with MTBA Associates Inc.
- Structural Engineer John G Cooke Engineers
- Mechanical Engineer NORR Limited
- Electrical Engineer NORR Limited
- Commissioning Agent WSP Group
- Civil Engineer Trow Engineering
- Landscape Architect Planier
- General Contractor/Construction manager EllisDon
- Photos Doublespace Photography
Energy intensity 214kWh/m2/year
Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under MNECB Version 1 21%
Potable water consumption from municipal sources n/a
Reduction in potable water consumption 38%
Regional materials (as defined by LEED) by value >20%
Reclaimed and recycled materials content by value >20%
Construction materials diverted from landfill >70%
Mark Thompson Brandt, MTBA Associates Inc. [left] and Glenn Burwell NORR Architects & Engineers receive the Existing Building Upgrade Award for the Sir John A. Macdonald Building from National Sponsor Masonite Architectural represented by General Manager Canada Jennifer McGill.
Lockeport Beach House, Lockeport Beach, NS
Jury comments: This house has a light environmental footprint that derives from the philosophical approach taken by both client and architect. It combines responsible siting and construction strategies with low energy consumption and net zero water use. A simple and elegant building that speaks to a different way of living in harmony with the environment.
- Architect Nova Tayona
- Mechanical Engineer Greg Ewert
- Structural Engineer Andrea Doncaster
- General Contractor Deborah Spartinelli, Trunnells and Tenons Construction
- Photos Janet Kimber
- Regional Materials [as defined by LEED] by value 70%
- Water consumption from municipal sources 0%
Supplier: Uponor in-floor radiant system.
Marine Gateway Development, Vancouver
Jury comments: A project that has the density and diversity of use to create a complete community, with unparalleled access to both light rail and bus transportation. The comprehensive approach to sustainability is exemplary, from a highly attractive and animated public realm with a variety of commercial uses, to energy conservation and environmental control measures such as district heat and sophisticated solar shading strategies.
- Owner PCL Developments Corp.
- Architect Perkins+Will
- Structural Engineer Glotman Simpson
- Mechanical Engineer MCW Consultants Ltd.
- Electrical Engineer Nemetz (S/A) & Associates Ltd.
- Commissioning Agent GeoPacific Consultants Ltd.
- Geotechnical Engineer GeoPacific Consultants Ltd.
- Civil Engineer Hub Engineering Ltd.
- Landscape Architect PWL Partnership Landscape Architects
- General Contractor Ledcor
- Photos Andrew Latreille, and Ed White
- Energy intensity 132.5kWh/m2/year
- Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under ASHRAE 90.1 2004 55%
- Potable water consumption from municipal sources 55L/m2 /year
- Potable water consumption reduction relative to reference building 37%
- Regional materials (as defined by LEED) by value 30%
- Reclaimed and recycled materials by value 30%
- Construction materials diverted from landfill 89%
Ryan Bragg of Perkins+Will [left] receives the Mixed Use Award for the Marine Gateway Development from National Sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute represented by Managing Director Brian Hall.