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. 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 well over 100 years the legacy companies of Masonite Architectural – which include Algoma™, Baillargeon®, Harring®, Marshfield™ and Mohawk® – 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. For example, 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.


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 2018 Winning projects

Vancouver, BC

Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award
Architect  DIALOG

Jury comments: This is a beautiful solution for a building type that has traditionally been tucked away from public view. The elegant way in which the building reveals its inner workings makes it not only a striking piece of architecture, but an important didactic tool for the University of British Columbia.

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Normand Deschênes [centre] of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural presents the Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award for the UBC Campus Energy Centre to Charles Marshall [left] and Raul Dominquez of DIALOG. Photo: Vuk Dragojevic.

Vancouver, BC

Residential [Large] Award
Architect Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

Jury comments: We were impressed by the waste reduction that resulted from factory prefabrication, the speed of construction, the technical innovation, the holistic approach to sustainability – including carbon sequestration and life cycle issues. This is a building many  people can learn from.

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Tackable linoleum wall coverings use Forbo Tackboard


Institutional [Large] Award
Architects  Teeple Architects Inc. Associate Architect Proscenium Architecture + Interiors

The innovative mechanical system employs the locally developed Thermenex energy management system. 

Exterior sunshades and cladding supplied by Engineered Assemblies. 

The UniQuad Translucent Wall System supplied by Kingspan Light + Air | CPI Daylighting.

Jury comments: This project is notable for its planning, with a six-storey atrium that functions not only as a light and ventilation well, but also as a social incubator that reinforces the academic program. The quality and quantity of natural light is extraordinary for a laboratory building of this type, and the energy performance is also exemplary. The project also creates a striking new landmark for the college.

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SABMag editor Don Griffith [second from right], representing National Sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, presents the Institutional [Large] Award for the Langara College Science & Technology Building to [l to r] Wes Wilson, Tomer Diamant, Mahsa Majidian, and Aidan Mitchelmore of Teeple Architects. Additional Project Team members were : Stephen Teeple, Kori Chan, Eric Boelling, Ron Clay, Ben Plasche, Richard Lam, Kathy Chan, Ryan Yapyuco, Suzan Ibrahim, Sarah Martos, Sean Kennedy, Avery Guthrie, and Gloria Perez.

Woodstock, ON

Existing Building Upgrade Award
Architect  Invizij Architects Inc.

The envelope was upgraded with new high-performance INLINE Fiberglass windows.

Jury comments: The retention and rehabilitation of existing buildings, particularly in the centre of small cities such as this, addresses sustainability issues of embodied energy as well as social and cultural continuity. We were impressed by how an atrium was created within the existing building as a community space, and by the improvements in energy performance – particularly in the context of a large social housing project.

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Bob Prince [centre] of Invizij Architects Inc. receives the Existing Building Upgrade Award for the Harvey Woods Lofts from Award Category sponsor Inline Fiberglass represented by Gary Mackin [left] and Victor Kowalczyk. 


Institutional [Large] Award
Architect  Diamond Schmitt Architects

The vegetated roof uses a system supplied by Tremco. Water-conserving products by SLOAN, and drinking water stations by Elkay.

Jury comments: This building has a particularly innovative approach to solar shading, creating a dynamic façade and animating interior spaces. This approach carries through to the other environmental systems which  are exposed to view, not simply to celebrate the technology, but to monitor performance, facilitate research and identify potential improvements.

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L to r: Andrew Arifuzzaman of the University of Toronto Scarborough, and Nigel Tai and John Featherstone, both of Diamond Schmitt Architects, receive the Institutional [Large] Award from SABMag editor Don Griffith, representing National Sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute. Photo: Vuk Dragojevic.

Penticton, BC

Institutional [Small] Award
Architect  Landform Architecture

PlastiSpan® EPS Insulation by Plasti-Fab Ltd. contributes to the high insulation levels with its use at the concrete slab. The project uses a Mitsubishi Electric City Multi heat pump system for room by room heating and cooling.

Jury comments: As a structure designed to the rigorous Passive House standard, this building is notable for the beauty and simplicity of its environmental systems. The building relies mostly on local materials and very economical passive design strategies, yet also addresses cross-cultural issues and creates a symbolic new gateway to the college campus.

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Halifax, NS

Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award
Architect  Solterre Design

New AirOutshield airtight exterior weather barrier supplied by SRP Canada.

Windows and doors, supplied by Kohltech Windows & Entrance Systems.

Resilient flooring is Forbo Marmoleum.

Jury comments: The fact the community was actively engaged in this project speaks to the often-overlooked issue of social and cultural sustainability. As such, it provides a reminder that successful community architecture is as much about process as it is about the final product. The energy performance and the creative use of salvaged materials were particularly impressive.

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Normand Deschênes [second left] of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural presents the Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award for the Ecology Action Centre Headquarters to [l to r] : Jordan Willett of Solterre Design, Maggy Burns of the Ecology Action Centre [Managing Director Emeritus], Emma Norton of the Ecology Action Centre, and Patrick Jardine of Tekton Design + Build.

Boucherville, QC

Institutional [Small] Award
Architect  Smith Vigeant Architectes

Water-free urinals supplied by SLOAN.

Jury comments: This building was notable for its strong focus on sustainable strategies, implemented in a most elegant and beautifully detailed way. The use of natural ventilation and daylighting was particularly innovative. We also appreciated the multiple ways in which local wood was used.

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L to r: Normand Deschênes [left] of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural presents the Institutional [Small] Award for the Centre de découverte to Daniel Smith of Smith Vigeant Architectes. Photo: Vuk Dragojevic.

Toronto, ON

Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award
Architect  Sweeny & Co Architects Inc.

Water-conserving Solis solar-powered flushometer and Solis sensor faucets supplied by SLOAN.

Continental supplied all of the drywall for the project: Liftlite, Weather Defense, Firecheck and Mold Defense.

Jury comments: We were impressed that this tower incorporated so many innovative sustainable features, whether or not they would achieve credits on a check list. Things like individualized climate  controls for office workers, and a public park rather than simply amenity space for building occupants, were notable examples of this approach.

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L to r : Rebecca Mallinson [third left] of Category Sponsor Enbridge presents the Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award for the One York Tower to [l to r] : Phil Bastow of The Mitchell Partnership Inc., Alan Murphy of Green Reason, and John Gillanders, Dermot Sweeny, David Copeland, and Peter Kurkjia, all of Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. Photo: Vuk Dragojevic.

Register for 2019 on the registration page, and we will send you the entry kit when it is ready [early January 2019]. Payment is required only when a project is submitted. Questions: dgriffith@sabmagazine.com or 613-421-7588