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

“Vermont Slate” – the world’s first truly hail proof roofing material has just been unveiled by Euroshield® recycled rubber roofing products. Calgary-based G.E.M. Inc., the manufacturer of Euroshield®, has introduced the hail proof rubber roofing panel in its most realistic looking slate profile to date – Vermont Slate SC (solid core). 

Using a custom-built air cannon and speed-measuring chronograph, G.E.M. Inc. blasted its Vermont Slate product with a four-inch diameter frozen ice ball at speeds up to 411 mph with no resulting damage. In comparison, the ice ball fired at 95mph [the typical terminal velocity of falling hail that size] passed through an uncovered 3/8” wood deck and, in a second test, through an asphalt-shingled 3/8” deck. G.E.M. Inc. warrants that the Vermont Slate panel will not be damaged by hail for a period of 20 years from date of installation. Vermont Slate is UL2218 Class 4 Listed for impact, the highest rating available. Watch the video at the top of the Euroshield home page  (877) 387-7667

SABMag Issue 60 - Summer 2018

Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence to launch this summer

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association [VRCA], in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society, has announced that the Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence [ZEBCoE] will open this summer. The mission of the Centre is to rapidly accelerate the capacity of local developers, designers and builders to deliver cost-effective, attractive, zero emissions new residential and commercial buildings in Vancouver. The Centre aspires to learn from both local and global leaders and to expand its mission to support zero emissions building across the province.
“The development and launch of ZEBCoE aligns perfectly with our association’s strategic direction to foster an environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and continuous learning across the industry,” says VRCA President Fiona Famulak. An official launch of the Centre is planned for summer 2018.

Best Practice Guide: Architectural Precast Concrete Walls

The new Best Practice Guide from the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute summarizes the most current best practices in architectural precast concrete design and construction, and illustrates recommended design details and site practices.

Readers can request a copy online.

Lafarge to use residuals from water treatment to make cement

Lafarge Canada Inc. and Metro Vancouver have reached a three-year agreement to use water treatment residuals from the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant as material in cement manufacturing, and thus become part of the circular economy. The residuals are the solids removed during the drinking water filtration process, and consist of materials from the source water [sediments and naturally occurring elements] and treatment chemicals [coagulants and polymers]. They contain a chemical profile that mimics that of red shale, a virgin aggregate input required as a raw material in cement manufacturing.

The agreement means that fewer virgin materials would be needed to be mined, while residuals would be kept out of the landfill. LafargeHolcim’s Global 2030 Sustainability Plan calls for increased waste-derived resources to be used in its manufacturing processes. The agreement with Metro Vancouver represents a minimum of 10,000 tonnes per year. Info:

SABMag Issue 59

RAIC Highlights in Saint John

This year’s Festival of Architecture took place May 30 to June 2 in the popular tourist destination of Saint John, New Brunswick, located on the shores of the famous Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides.  Festival 2018 is a great chance to combine a conference and a mini-vacation. As a port and the oldest incorporated city in Canada [1785], Saint John is packed with historical highlights, natural wonders and beautifully preserved 19th-century architecture. It’s also known for cultural attractions, parks, and charming streets lined with restaurants, galleries, and shops.

Co-hosted by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada [RAIC] and the Architects’ Association of New Brunswick [AANB], the four-day event offered a wide range of continuing education sessions, inspiring speakers, keynotes, parties, recreational offerings and a trade show.  Delegates can earn continuing education credits and learn from subject matter experts on topics ranging from community engagement, BIM, talent management, and strategies for heritage structures, to accessibility, waterfront development, age-friendly housing and more.

Sessions that focus on sustainability included a tour to the University of New Brunswick’s new Kinesiology Building, one of the few projects in North America designed to the new WELL standard. Another presentation, on the University of British Columbia’s green building plan, explored ecological biodiversity, human health and wellbeing, and climate change adaptation as they relate to architectural design. Also on sustainability, the founding director of the Canadian Passive House Institute, Andrea Frisque, and certified Passive House designer Marc Trudeau, demonstrated how to achieve commercially viable Net Zero Carbon design.

In addition, two remarkable keynote speakers traveled to Saint John:

Diébédo Francis Kéré is a Berlin-based architect from Burkina Faso and the designer of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London. With projects across Africa and in Europe, China and India, Kéré is known for combining traditional building techniques and materials with modern engineering methods. Kéré’s first project, a primary school in his home village, won the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Odile Decq is an award-winning French architect, urban planner, and academic who recently started an architecture school. Founder of the Paris firm Studio Odile Decq, her portfolio ranges from art galleries and museums to social housing and infrastructure. The Architectural Review awarded Decq the Jane Drew Prize fin 2016 for promoting the role of women in architecture, calling her “a creative powerhouse, spirited breaker of rules and advocate of equality.”

Green Building Initiative Acquires Global Rights to Green Globes

The U.S.-based non-profit Green Building Initiative [GBI] announced earlier this week that it has completed acquisition of the global rights to Green Globes®, a leading sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. This acquisition from JLL now allows GBI to support existing Green Globes users in Canada, in addition to the United States, and to expand the reach of the rating system globally.

GBI has experienced significant growth over the last two years and has certified 1,594 buildings or almost 300 million square feet of real estate since its founding in 2004—1,328 buildings through its Green Globes program and 266 buildings through its Guiding Principles Compliance program for U.S. government buildings. GGBI has established a Canadian non-profit subsidiary—GB Initiative Canada—to support the growth and previously established use of Green Globes in the Canadian marketplace.

GBCI Canada launches to accelerate green building market transformation

The Green Business Certification Inc. [GBCI] and the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] have launched the joint venture – CBCI Canada – to accelerate green building market transformation in Canada, which is the second largest market for LEED outside of the U.S. GBCI Canada enables the Canadian industry to leverage new opportunities to validate enhanced building performance and increase emissions reductions, operational savings and human health benefits.

GBCI Canada exclusively administers project certifications within the framework of the LEED green building rating systems, as well as the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative [SITES] for land use, Parksmart for parking structures, TRUE Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project [ICP] for energy efficiency retrofits, and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.

Nellie Cheng will also join GBCI Canada as its Managing Director. Cheng brings three decades of experience, including working with GBCI, the World Green Building Council and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission.


Enwave Deep Lake Cooling expands in Toronto

Allied Properties REIT, Enwave Energy Corporation and RioCan REIT have joined forces to extend Enwave’s existing Deep Lake Water Cooling and hot water distribution networks by building a new energy storage facility housed at The Well in Toronto.

A mixed-use residential, commercial and retail development by RioCan and Allied located in Toronto’s downtown west, The Well features 1.1 million square feet of office space, 500,000 square feet of retail and food service space, and 1,800 residential units. Construction on The Well commenced in 2017.

The thermal energy storage facility consists of two 6-million-litre tanks underneath The Well. The tanks will store temperature-controlled water fed by Enwave’s existing Deep Lake Water Cooling system and a newly developed high-efficiency hot water network.

It will expand the existing system’s capacity with the ability to serve over 20 million square feet of commercial, retail and residential space.

As an anchor site, the installation will serve The Well community, and buildings in neighbouring areas, providing the first low-carbon, resilient cooling and heating option for the downtown west community.

This project will provide long-term benefits for the City of Toronto and support its focus on resiliency and carbon emission reduction. By decentralizing energy supply and reducing the load on the electricity grid, particularly during periods of peak demand, it enables a more reliable and flexible source of energy. [Graphic courtesy Allied Properties REIT, Enwave Energy Corporation and RioCan REIT.]

Endeavour Centre offers sustainable building programs

The Endeavour Centre based in Peterborough, ON is offering two new programs this year:

Natural Building Intensive – August 7 – August 31. This one-month course will give participants a chance to construct two small buildings from foundation to finish, and gain experience with just about every natural material/strategy available in this part of the world. Info:

Sustainable Renovations – May 7 to Sept 28. Participants will make a net zero energy, net zero carbon, zero toxin and zero waste renovation to an urban lane way garage to turn it into healthy and efficient living space. Info:

Canada Green Building Council sets 2030 Roadmap for $32B Retrofit Economy

A new report published by the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] has set out a series of comprehensive actions for industry, non-profit organizations and governments to build a world-leading  retrofit economy by 2030 that improves the performance of existing buildings and creates new economic opportunities for Canadians. The report,  A Roadmap for Retrofits: Building Strong Market Infrastructure for the Retrofit Economy, states that the environmental and economic potential of Canada’s retrofit economy cannot be developed by governments alone – it requires industry leadership and innovative market-based mechanisms to generate and sustain results.

The report calls on private financiers, pension funds, insurers, and other financial intermediaries to develop retrofit lending products [like the Investor Confidence Project] and standardized commercial contracts that foster building owner and financier confidence in deep retrofit projects. It encourages building owners to disclose building energy and carbon performance, and to share data on the performance of their retrofit projects in order to help the retrofit economy evolve.

The Report calls on governments at all levels to leverage their own significant building portfolios to demonstrate the value of retrofit projects, co-invest in education and training with industry to build skills, and undertake smart regulatory and program interventions to attract private-sector capital to projects. Info:

One-page case studies tell more

Metl-Span® Insulated Metal Panels contribute to envelope upgrade
Read how Metl-Span’s CF Architectural insulated metal panels vastly improved the building envelope performance of the 32-hectare, 102,000 sq.m open-air Deerfoot City Mall in Calgary, while reducing installation time and bringing a vibrant new look to the façade.
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Schluter’s floor warming system combines sound control and thermal break
DITRA-HEAT-DUO by Schluter reduces sound transmission in addition to warming the floor and fully supporting the covering to ensure a lasting installation. Designed mainly for the concrete construction of condos,  it’s the first electric floor warming system with an integrated thermal break and sound control. Read more here:

Improving Certification for Precast Concrete Producers

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI] and the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association [CCPPA] have announced a new certification program which will take the place of two existing ones. The new Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance Certification Program will be more effective, independent, transparent, and provide clarity. and visit the new website at:


Green Building Festival
October 11th 2018, the annual Green Building Festival, by Sustainable Buildings Canada, CaGBC Toronto Chapter, The Ontario Association of Architects, and the Toronto 2030 District, Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Speakers, networking and continuing education hours.

Passive House Canada Conference
November 7-8, 2018

GreenBuild 2018
November 14-16, 2018 – Chicago, IL

The Buildings Show 2018
November 28-30, 2018 – Toronto, ON


CBR Products offers low-VOC acrylic finish

BC-based CBR Products has received certification from the independent lab, Berkeley Analytical, for the low-VOC emissions of its Broda™ Clarity Wood Stone acrylic finish following California Department of Public Health CDPH/EHLB/Standard Method V1.2-2017. The low-VOC emission results are recognized by LEED v4, BD&C and ID&C and the Well Building Standard. Details:

Euroshield recycled roofing covers St. Andrews’ Old Course Hotel

Calgary-based Euroshield won the job to re-roof the venerable Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland using its Heritage Slate product made largely of recycled tires for long life and resistance to all types of weather. See the brief video on the home page at

Microjet’s 3D printer makes model making easier

The Microjet’s ComeTrue T10 3D printer is a professional-grade 3D powder printer which offers an in-house 3D printing capability to produce beautiful, detailed architectural models at affordable prices. Details at