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SABMag 49 - Fall 2015


Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre

Form and materials promote ecological responsibility Located in the St. Vital district of south central Winnipeg, the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre is a building with a clear sense of purpose. In an area with more than its fair share of social challenges, the Centre serves a multicultural community of

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Ronald McDonald House

House in a garden designed for economy and healing Ronald McDonald House Toronto provides a ‘home away from home’ for families with seriously ill children who are receiving care at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children but live outside the Greater Toronto Area. The new House is designed to encourage

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Montreal Planetarium

Star-gazing building demonstrates environmentally-responsive architecture on Earth Located within Montreal’s iconic Olympic Park  complex, this project was the winning entry in a two-stage international competition. The project brief called for an intervention that would humanize the rather bleak site, which included an existing underground parking structure adjacent to the Olympic

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Passive House set to make strides

Energy efficiency is not the only consideration in designing sustainable buildings, but most would say that it’s at the top of the list. Even with the programs and rating systems that we have in place to improve energy efficiency, one could argue that the market has not made high energy

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Sustainable Suburbs

A re-think will get us there In 2011, for the first time in nearly a century, the rate of urban population growth outpaced suburban growth, reversing a trend that began with the invention of the automobile. In metropolitan areas, the majority of construction activity has now shifted to what planners

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Green products and materials

In LEED v4 and beyond As most green building professionals in Canada now know, demand for products and materials with third-party verification is growing, and this trend will continue well into the foreseeable future. By Mark Hutchinson  

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Interview with Julie Scarcella

Julie Scarcella, founder of EcoSpex has been on a seven-year mission to create and launch her company: an on-line tool to help design and construction professionals quickly find sustainable, energy-efficient and heathy products.

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Social Sustainability in Practice

Today, it is the task of averting drastic climate change that might be described as an experiment – a vast social experiment in decision-making and democratic action. Success in that endeavor will not be determined primarily by large techno-logical fixes, though many will be needed along the way. Just as

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Sustainable Design Showcase

The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Gamesrtified buildings The recent Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games provided a showcase for Canadian athletes, and at the same time a showcase for Canadian green design. Five of the facilities built for the Games were awarded LEED certification prior to the opening ceremonies on

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