SABMag 55 - Spring 2017

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Sustainability: the story from here

In this second of two articles on emerging architectural practices across the country, we look at the work of KANVA in Montreal, and Acre Architects in Saint John. Both practices look to the history, culture and social fabric of existing communities as the roots from which new urban narratives can

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Aspen Root Passive House

Highest energy hurdle met with superior envelope and quality materials The Aspen Root Passive Home is the culmination of a 25-year journey for the owners who both work in the environmental industry and are committed to reducing their own ecological footprint. The home is a prototype sustainable building incorporating passive

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Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning

Largest child health research tower in the world designed for intensification and collaboration High-performance fully glazed envelope with bird-friendly frit pattern, low-VOC interior products, rainwater capture, and 30% energy cost savings, this exceptional LEED Gold building attracts top researchers. By Mike Szabo

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Wesbrook Community Centre

Performance results achieved with passive design, active HVAC The two-storey, 2,900m² Wesbrook Community Centre is located at the heart of the rapidly growing Wesbrook Village neighbourhood, on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. With construction completed in September 2015, the community centre acts as a hub for

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CEU: Energy Retrofits

Comparing Active and Passive Strategies Building for energy efficiency in new construction has become routine when the right technical expertise is enlisted, proper building technology is selected, and few constraints limit the design. Retrofitting for energy efficiency poses a greater challenge when existing buildings employ dated systems, materials, and design

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Viewpoint: Embedding Value

Embed the value of housing affordability in sustainability A lone voice from Vancouver issued a challenge at the Greenbuild #2 conference in Pittsburgh in 2003: “What will the US Green Building Council do to address the fact that the right building in the wrong place is the wrong building?” This

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Interview with Mark Hutchinson

  Mark Hutchinson, Vice President of Green Building Programs at the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC], is heading up the Council’s new Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative which could affect how we design and operate buildings in the coming years.

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