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SABMag Issue 62 – WINTER 2019

Jury named and 2019 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards set to go

Register now at to receive your Entry Kit for the 2019 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards. With nine submission categories, the Awards is a great opportunity to have your work recognized and published in SABMag, and on the SABMag web site and newsletter. Eligible projects must have been substantially completed between January 1, 2016 and February 28, 2019. If you entered a project last year, enter it again. A different jury can bring different results. An entry fee applies only when you make your submission. Deadline for submissions March 8, 2019.

Our esteemed jury for 2019 consists of:

  • Lisa Bate, B. Arch, PP OAA, AAA, AIBC, Int’l Assoc AIA, FRAIC, F. RESET AP, PC CaGBC, LEED AP BD+C, ICD.D. B+H Regional Managing Principal, North America / WorldGBC Chair. Lisa is a thought leader in high-performance sustainable design in architecture and large infrastructure planning and development with a vast portfolio of global work in commercial, mixed use, healthcare, education, sport, and institutional projects. A global ambassador for sustainable design, Lisa is the Vice-Chair of World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Board of Directors, and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and recently was named the 2019 Clean16 winner for the Building – Design, Development & Management sector of the Clean50 Awards recognizing Outstanding Contributors to Clean Capitalism in Canada. 
  • Ron Kato Architect-AIBC MRAIC LEED AP Principal, Kato Martyn Architects. Program Head & Faculty, Architectural Science Degree, British Columbia Institute of Technology. With over 25 years of practice as an architect, Ron brings his expertise to bear in teaching architectural design to the next generation. Prior to establishing his own firm,  he was project architect/ manager at Larry McFarland Architects Ltd. for many of that firm’s significant projects including the first building to be awarded a LEED Platinum certification in Canada – the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Operations Centre. In 2016, the CaGBC recognized Ron with an Academic Leadership Award in acknowledgement of the CaGBC’s National Student Competition which has now been won by students from Ron’s design studio for seven consecutive years. 
  • Jonathan Bisson, architecte, PA LEED, cert. Gestion de projet. Partner, bisson | associés. In 1997, Jonathan Bisson and his partner founded the firm bisson | associés and, since then, he has been involved in the planning, design and management of award-winning projects, including sustainable development projects. While running his practice, he has also taken on  a mentoring role since 2011 as a lecturer at the School of Architecture of Laval University. He has also made significant contributions to the profession, serving on the Board of Directors of the AAPPQ since 2014, and as Director of the Quebec Region of the Royal Institute of Architecture of Canada since 2015. From 2007 to 2015, he was a member of  l’Ordre des architectes du Québec admission committee, and is an evaluator for the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program, implemented by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board.


May 28-30, 2019: CaGBC National Conference: Building Lasting Change 2019 – Vancouver Convention Centre

Striking a balance between carbon reduction, health and resilience.


Radon Guard™ and Radon Block™

BUILDING BEYOND THE STANDARD: Providing performance vs prescriptive solutions

Building to code is the minimum standard. Radon Guard™ replaces the clean gravel and Radon Block™  replaces the polyethylene barrier membrane under slab. Radon Guard and Radon Block are Canada and US building code approved to replace the gravel. Recent projects include the new Okanagan College Kelowna  Trades Complex, Oliver Landing Housing Complex in Okanagan wine country, and RDC Fine Homes in Whistler.

Tectum® acoustical ceiling and wall panels recognized by International Living Future Institute

Tectum® acoustical ceiling and wall panels from Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions have been awarded Living Product Challenge Imperative Certification from the International Living Future Institute. The Living Product Challenge calls on manufacturers to make their own operations net positive across their product life cycle with respect to water, energy, climate, waste, and ecological effects based upon principles of full transparency. Tectum wood fibre products include Tectum Direct-Attach ceiling and wall panels, Tectum Blades and Baffles, Tectum Finale, Tectum Panel Art, and Tectum lay-in and tegular panels. They are Rainforest Alliance Certified™ to Forest Stewardship Council® standards and meet the most stringent sustainability standards in the industry, including LEED v4, the Living Building Challenge, and the WELL Building Standard.

Canadian company’s groundbreaking technology helps to reduce environmental footprint and decrease costs

Canadian-based Legend Power® Systems Inc., a leader in voltage management technology, has applied its SmartGATE™ technology to the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport (YQM) to reduce energy costs. The installation of SmartGATE, an intelligent system that provides a complete power management solution for a building while also helping to eliminate the common power grid problem of ‘overvoltage’, resulted in the airport having a projected savings of 150,000 kWh per year, a reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 45 metric tons annually, and expected savings of more than $180,000 in energy costs during the first 10 years. In May, 2018 the YQM achieved the Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 2 – Reduction, one of only four Canadian airports to attain it.

Arriscraft Introduces METROPOLITAN Over-Sized Building Stone

Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has expanded its over-sized stone selection with the introduction of Metropolitan. Arriscraft is the stone products group of General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials. Metropolitan masonry units feature a sandblasted texture. Each stone is 31-5/8″ long and available in three face rises (1-15/16″, 4-1/4″ and 6-1/2″), and in four standard colours:  Greyrock, Nutmeg, Oakmoss and White. “For a modern, sleek look, Metropolitan can be installed in coursed fashion using one size, and for more traditional designs, a classic ashlar pattern can be laid,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager.Arriscraft’s Natural Process technology uses only natural materials (plus colour pigments) and replicates how stone is created in the earth. This patented process creates stone with the natural aesthetics and durability of quarried stone, plus the convenience of standard installation and unlimited supply.

Euroshield Roofing’s new recycled rubber product stands up to hai

Vermont Slate SC (solid core) – the world’s first truly hail proof roofing material has just been unveiled by Euroshield® recycled rubber roofing products. The manufacturer, Calgary-based G.E.M. Inc., used a custom-built air cannon and speed-measuring chronograph to blast its Vermont Slate product with a four-inch diameter frozen ice ball at speeds up to 411 mph with no resulting damage. In comparison, similar tests failed on 3/8” wood deck and on asphalt-shingled 3/8” deck. Vermont Slate is UL2218 Class 4 Listed for impact, the highest rating available. Watch the video at (877) 387-7667.

UV-DOX Reactor improves indoor air quality

The ‘patent pending’ UV-DOX Reactor (Pollution Control Device) provides an economic, efficient and compact unit to combat harmful biological organisms, noxious odours and toxic contaminants – and is suitable for installation on virtually any equipment. The UV-DOX Reactor achieves superior efficiency at reasonable cost by combining a high intensity ultra-violet (UVC) light, a multi-pass baffle system and a hydroxyl radical producing TiO2 coating. Third-party testing has shown destruction efficiency of contaminates at more than 95%.

Mapeguard® thermal membrane warms and protects floor tiles

MAPEI’s new Mapeguard® Heat membrane provides customizable, targeted radiant floor heating for bathrooms, three-season rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. The lightweight uncoupling membrane provides load support and vapour management, as well as crack-isolation and waterproofing protection when used in ceramic, porcelain and natural-stone tile installations with plywood, concrete and cement substrates. Mapeguard Heat provides state-of-the-art, customizable, floor-heating membrane compatible with a wide variety of heating cables, which snap into place into the membrane to ensure even heat distribution.


A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living Well in Just-right Houses by Patricia Foreman

The new book from BC-based New Society Publishers will publish, A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living Well in Just-Right Houses, is a subject that has captured the imagination of millions of people worldwide. Tiny homes offer the appeal of less maintenance, lower costs, and a smaller ecological footprint. But moving to a tiny home is not just about living in a small space, but about re-evaluating your “stuff”. It covers the advantages of living in a tiny/smaller home with realistic steps for evaluating the downsizing that is required to live in one. Paperback – 224 pages, 5.5 inches × 8.5 inches, $17.99. To be published in March but 0rder now for a 20% discount.