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SABMag Issue 77 – Winter 2023

RAIC Report

How the RAIC is planning to elevate/enhance the community in 2023 

As Canada’s national body representing architects and architecture, the RAIC is continuously improving and expanding its products and services to best serve and support the architectural community and the profession. In 2023 we’re looking forward to continuing that work and taking it further with ambitious new projects and organizational innovations. 

In 2022 the RAIC launched a new strategic plan. With this plan, the RAIC has shifted its priorities and activities towards tackling the profession’s most significant issues while advocating for meaningful change both within and beyond the sphere of architecture. RAIC members are part of an engaged, and inclusive community that is building a strong future for architecture in Canada. In 2023 the RAIC will continue engaging the architectural community and welcoming new members through fostering creative connections and supporting ongoing professional development and practice. 

During the next year we will strengthen the organization through diversifying revenues, monitoring risk, and growing a diverse membership community, as well as through initiatives such as piloting a four-day work week. Evidence from research on a 4-day work week points to increased productivity as well as improved work-life balance and employee satisfaction. Our goal is to attract and retain the best people while creating more efficient and innovative ways of working, maintaining high standards of service, and providing a model for other organizations. 

Our advocacy reflects the priorities of those working in Canadian architecture today. The top issue of importance we have heard about from members is the climate emergency. We are investing in the development of a Climate Action Engagement and Enablement plan as a resource for the RAIC and for the profession as a whole. Led by members of the Committee on Regenerative Environments, we aim to release this resource in the Fall of 2023. 

This year, RAIC members and others in the field will be sharing insights and experiences in person again at the 2023 Conference on Architecture, scheduled to be held in Calgary, Alberta on May 2-6. The conference provides the architectural community with the opportunity to make valuable connections, learn about developments in the field, and contribute to the discussion on designing a better built environment. 

With the plans and initiatives we have in place for 2023, we aim to continue serving our members, the broader architectural community and ultimately the public, through promoting a high quality and sustainable built environment.

New federal-provincial-territorial board formed to harmonize construction codes across Canada

The newly formed Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) has assumed responsibility for the development of Canada’s National Model Codes. The CBHCC replaces the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) – the committee responsible for managing the national code development system in Canada since 1991. Under the new governance model, strategic policy direction will be set by the Canadian Table for Harmonized Construction Codes Policy, which will oversee the CBHCC and include deputy-minister-level decision-makers from provincial, territorial and federal governments. The new model will remove barriers to the free movement of goods, services, and investments within Canada.

The new governance model will also include an Advisory Council consisting of members from industry, the regulatory community, and other interested organizations which will provide policy advice to the CBHCC. The broader code community, including code users, interested organizations and members of the public, will continue to participate in the code development process. Inquiries:

ENMAX Power and Cadillac Fairview’s solar pilot project at CF Chinook Centre paves way for increased customer choice and lower carbon future

The PV pilot project, which began construction in early 2021 with funding from Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates, involved installing 1,900 solar photovoltaic panels atop CF Chinook Centre spanning 53,000 square feet, approximately the size of three professional hockey rinks. Not only are those panels generating electricity, they are exporting excess energy back to the grid – a first for specialized secondary networks which supply power to dense urban settings including downtown Calgary.

Most parts of Calgary’s electrical system are capable of two-way power flow and customers are eligible for credits for electricity they export back to the grid. Up until now, that hasn’t been possible for customers in high-density areas like some shopping malls and downtown. ENMAX Power will continue monitoring and reviewing the results of the pilot this year with a goal to make the technology more available to customers on the secondary network going forward.

Canadian Precast Concrete 2030/2050 Net-Zero Roadmap

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) has announced the launch of a 2030/2050 net-zero roadmap Initiative, an important step to decarbonizing its industry by 2050. The roadmap will align with the broader Canadian and international cement and concrete industry efforts by the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) and the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and will also support international climate action industry efforts like the Paris agreement and COP27 to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 ºC. The industry has established several working groups on benchmarking, production, design and construction, carbonation, and communications.


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Case study: Bringing biodiversity to the heart of the city with pollinator roofs

Several recent LiveRoof® Ontario projects in downtown Toronto all incorporate biodiverse green roofs which are attracting and assisting the re-establishment of species of insects, invertebrates, birds and other animals that have not lived in any great numbers in the city core for many years. And at the same time these vegetated roofs provide stormwater control services difficult to achieve in a dense city core in other ways. Read the one-page case study at


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Atlantic Place takes top honour at Luminary Awards

Atlantic Place, the 355,000 sq. ft. office and retail space and one of the largest buildings in downtown St. John’s, took home the Big Award in the Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro takeCharge Luminary Awards. The Luminary Awards recognize companies, organizations, communities, and individuals across Newfoundland and Labrador who are taking brilliant steps to use energy wisely – and inspiring others to do the same. The Big Award acknowledges a participant that, through energy efficient upgrades, has seen the most significant increase in their energy savings. Atlantic Place reduced HVAC energy consumption by 16.6%, over 1,000,000 kWh, equating to $107,000 in energy saving using Ecopilot® artificial intelligence technology.

SWISSPACER and Ublo cooperate on innovative system for room ventilation in Europe


The Ublo system offers a new concept for the natural ventilation of office and commercial space, but also living space. Integrated directly into the window’s or façade’s insulating glass, the round ventilation module ensures efficient air circulation at all times, without having to open windows or doors, and also offers numerous advantages in terms of air quality control and comfort. SWISSPACER’s integrated warm edge spacer bars contribute to the high energy efficiency of this innovation, which was developed in Asia and is now becoming available in Europe. The system consists of a round polycarbonate module with a diameter of 150 millimetres installed in the required number directly in the insulating glass with single, double or triple glazing which have been fitted with corresponding “holes”. and