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An introduction to environmental building declarations The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute recently began publishing a new kind of document, something we call Environmental Building Declarations [EBDs]. An EBD is a summary report of comprehensive environmental footprint data for a building and declares the life cycle impacts of a building according
South shore Nova Scotian building combines sustainable design and local culture Both the land and the sea provided design inspiration for this new lifestyle centre on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Lunenburg County is both coastal and deeply forested with centuries-long traditions of timber construction and wooden boat building.
Flagship building delivers performance, anchors fresh ideas in mixed-use development A rapidly growing community of about 18,000 residents, Salmon Arm lies midway between Calgary and Vancouver on the south shore of Shuswap Lake. Established in the 1880s during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, it has a compact and
Infill designed for aging-in-place and respect for site The Bedford Park House in Toronto is a 3,100 sq. ft. infill which fits aesthetically with the established neighbourhood, and protects two rare century-old magnolia trees in the front and a Japanese maple tree in the back. BY ALEX TEDESCO
Passive House design from an architectural perspective Too often we equate energy efficiency with sustainability, overlooking considerations of form and design. I was interested to explore how a structure designed to meet the rigorous standards of Passive House [PH] modelling differs from any other. BY L UCIO PICCIANO
Sustainable Design of Airports It has been a little over one hundred years since the Wright brothers took to the air, and our almost-miraculous ability to travel by plane has made flight an integral part of the world economy. As a result, from time to time Aviation is the subject