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Our special thanks to our 2019 Sponsors!


The Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute represents precast concrete manufacturers across Canada. It is the prime source of technical information about precast prestressed concrete in Canada, and has recently released its Wall Thermal Performance Calculator software, the Fifth Edition of the CPCI Design Manual, and the Architectural Precast Concrete Walls: Best Practice Guide. It has completed a third-party Life Cycle Analysis of its members` products, and has achieved third-party-verified Environmental Product Declarations. It also has implemented a Sustainable Plant Program to minimize the environmental impact of precast concrete at the manufacturing level, while creating a culture of sustainability within its industry.

For nearly 100 years the legacy companies of our national sponsor Masonite Architectural – which include Algoma™, Baillargeon®, Harring®, Marshfield™, Mohawk®, Graham and Maiman– have been building unique and differentiated capabilities in the architectural wood door industry. Masonite Architectural strives to be the most comprehensive resource for eco-friendly door solutions. Its doors have the ability to contribute to multiple LEED credits such as Recycled Content — Certified Wood — Environmental Product Declarations – and Low-Emitting Materials, to name a few. Masonite Architectural doors are third-party certified as low-emitting through SCS Global Services.  Masonite Architectural is committed to being a positive contributor to Green Building in Canada and globally.

Residential [Large] Award


Existing Building Upgrade Award

Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award

Thanks to our 2019 Jury!

The members of the 2019 Canadian Green Building Awards jury: Left to right: Jonathan Bisson, Partner, bisson | associés; Lisa Bate, B+H Regional Managing Principal, North America / WorldGBC Chair; and Ron Kato, Principal, Kato Martyn Architects and Program Head & Faculty, Architectural Science Degree, BCIT. Photo: Roy Grogan.

The 2019 Winning projects

Building Blocks on Balmoral at Great West Life – Winnipeg, MB

Institutional [Small] Award, Prairie Architects Inc.

Daikin contributed fan coils and its Enfinity water-source heat pumps to the HVAC system. The project uses an Uponor manifold and in-floor radiant system to provide even heating across the floors. DUXTON Windows & Doors supplied the fiberglass fenestration, in FiberWall™ Series 328 and 458, high performance triple glazing. The project uses an ERV system by Winnipeg-based Tempeff North America.

Jury comments: This project comprehensively and creatively addresses multiple aspects of  sustainability simultaneously. The adaptive re-use of a heritage house as the centrepiece of a new and much needed daycare facility not only achieves LEED Platinum environmental performance, but also acts as a powerful catalyst in the revitalization of the fabric of Winnipeg’s West Broadway neighbourhood through the addition of this community amenity. 

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Lindsay Oster (left), principal of Prairie Architects Inc. receives the Institutional [Small] Award for the Building Blocks on Balmoral at Great West Life from Jennifer McGill of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural.

Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion Project – Kelowna, BC

Institutional [Large] Award, Diamond Schmitt Architects

Exterior sunshades by McGill Architectural Products. Steel cladding is 7/8-in. corrugated profile supplied by Vicwest.  Alumicor supplied the operable windows 5000 Series Phantom Vents, 2300 Series skylights, and 2600 Series curtain walls.

Jury comments: The high-performance objectives set for this building are particularly significant given its purpose – to provide a living example of the type of building to inspire and train the trades people who will build the next generation of sustainable buildings. Achieving net-zero energy in an equipment-intensive workshop environment is, in itself, a considerable challenge; to do so with a building that is open, transparent and inspiring makes this achievement all the more remarkable.

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Jennifer McGill (right), of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural, presents the Institutional [Large] Award for the Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion Project to Michael Leckman of Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. 

Sechelt Water Resource Centre – Sechelt, BC 

Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award, Public Architecture + Communication

Jury comments: We hope this project marks the beginning of a new era in which the invisible infrastructure that has long-supported urban life is brought out into the daylight. Only through making infrastructure visible can we fully grasp and understand the implications of our linear systems of  production, consumption, treatment and disposal. Alongside the learning opportunities provided by this facility, the volume of waste discharged into the ocean has been reduced by 90% compared to its predecessor and the bio-nutrient by-products can be used for industry and agriculture.

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On behalf of National Sponsor The Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, juror Ron Kato (centre) presents the Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award for the Sechelt Water Resource Centre to Brian Wakelin (left) and Robert Drew of Public Architecture + Communication.

Evolv1 – Waterloo, ON 

Commercial/Industrial  [Large] Award, Stantec

A large PV array installed by VCT Group on the roof and in the parking lot helps the building to produce 105% of its own energy requirements. Active energy conservation strategies include a  Mitsubishi Electric Variable Refrigerant Flow HVAC system. Part of the cladding is slat wall panels made of öko skin from Sound Solutions and consists of glassfibre reinforced concrete that can be mounted in a rainscreen system.

Jury comments: Producing more energy than it consumes on an annual basis; doing so with a zero-carbon footprint and within the economic constraints of the local market, this commercial building sets an important precedent for the Canadian commercial real estate industry. The profile of the tenants who have committed to inhabit the building affirm that the country’s leading companies are aware of and are willing to support the development of this type of aspirational project.

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Muhammad Kashif (right) of Category Sponsor Mitsubishi Electric Sales of Canada presents the Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award for the Evolv1 Building to Dr. Andrea Frisque of Stantec.

Bank of Canada Renewal – Ottawa, ON

Existing Building Upgrade Award, Perkins+Will

Jury comments: This major rehabilitation and revitalization project, driven by quantitative issues of obsolete infrastructure, poor energy performance and related carbon impacts, and an outdated working environment, has been addressed with aesthetic sensitivity and restraint. Innovative structural upgrades enabled the restoration of the integrity of this 1970s office tower by Arthur Erickson, while the 1930s centre building and its immediate surroundings have been transformed into valuable new public amenities.

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On behalf of national sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, juror Ron Kato (right) presents the Existing Building Upgrade Award for the Bank of Canada Renewal to Zeina Elali (left) of Perkins+Will and Colleen Sullivan of the Bank of Canada.

The Duke – Vancouver, BC

Residential [Large] AWARD,  Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

Thermal batt/acoustic insulation by Owens Corning.

Jury comments: An innovative approach to high density urban living that takes advantage of Vancouver’s relatively mild climate to incorporate a courtyard typology to optimize the use of available site area. The project configuration promotes casual encounters and social interaction between residents and includes an accessible roof, with play space for children, raised planters for community gardening and a dog-walking area, providing a level of amenity that is rare if not unprecedented in a rental building.

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On behalf of Category Sponsor Inline Fiberglass, juror Lisa Bate (left) presents the Residential Building [Large] Award for the Duke Apartment Building to Mark Ostry (second left) and Russell Acton (far right) of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. Pete Edgar of building owner Edgar Development Corp. is second right.

Wellington Building Rehabilitation – Ottawa, ON

Existing Building Upgrade Award, NORR Architects and Engineers

Viessmann supplied solar hot water roof panels. The Nedlaw living wall biofilter removes VOCs from the atrium area, creating 4,000 cubic feet of virtual outside air per minute. Uponor radiant heating systems are used in selected perimeter floor areas.

Jury comments: Now widely acknowledged as one of the cornerstones of a sustainable built environment, the renovation and repurposing of existing buildings conserves embodied energy, supports social sustainability and cultural continuity. This project carefully and cleverly reconciles the competing challenges of seismic upgrading of the structure, updating of building services and infrastructure and the constraints of heritage conservation.

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On behalf of the Category Sponsor Enbridge Gas Inc., juror Ron Kato (right) presents the Existing Building Upgrade Award for the Wellington Building Rehabilitation to David Clusiau of NORR Architects and Engineers.

Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library – Radium Hot Springs, BC

Institutional [Small] Award, Urban Arts Architecture

Uponor supplied PEX piping for the heating system consisting of air-source heat pumps and high-efficiency Viessmann Vitodens 200-W boilers.

Jury comments: This community project in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia reimagines the meaning of ‘community investment’. With a community-centred procurement focus, the project was designed to optimize the social and economic benefits for those living and working within a 100-mile radius of the site and, as such, creates a new ‘recipe’ based on the locally-available ingredients of materials, technology and craft skills.   

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Jennifer McGill (centre) of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural presents the Institutional [Small] Award for the Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library to Shelley Craig and Jordan Edmonds of Urban Arts Architecture Inc. 

City of Calgary Composting Facility – Calgary, AB

Technical Award, Stantec

The administration areas are heated with Viessmann Vitodens 200-W condensing boilers.

Jury comments: This facility represents a significant milestone on the road to a circular economy, by converting millions of kilograms of domestic organic waste into valuable compost each year. By-products of this process are also re-engineered to create other marketable commodities, while solar panels, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and other environmental strategies have helped this project achieve a LEED v4 Gold rating – the first in Canada.   

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On behalf of National Sponsor, the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, juror Lisa Bate (left) presents the Technical Award for the City of Calgary Composting Facility to Megan Leslie of Stantec.

Register for 2020 on the registration page, and we will send you the entry kit when it is ready [early January 2020]. Payment is required only when a project is submitted. Questions: or 613-421-75882