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SABMag Issue 71 – Summer 2021

RAIC report

Catch up on the RAIC Podcast on Architecture

In anticipation of the forthcoming RAIC Congress on Architecture, the RAIC is thrilled to announce the release of our inaugural podcastseries–focusing on the issues and topics important to architectsand design professionals in Canada. Titled the RAIC Podcast on Architecture, and hosted by Mona Lemoine, Chair of RAIC Committee on Regenerative Environments, this season focuses on Climate Action and Architecture.

In the season’s first episode, released on April 22, 2021, RAIC Congress on Architecture Steering Committee member Louis Conway spoke with Seth Klein about mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency.

Our second episode debuted on TK. Steering Committee member Bianca Dahlman conversed with Dr. Harriet Harriss about the publication Architects After Architecture and the Climate Crisis curriculum at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture.

An additional two episodes are slated to round out the first season, with the third episode of the RAIC Podcast on Architecture releasing on June 29. Wanda Dalla Costa, director and founder of the Indigenous Design Collaborative will be joining this season’s host, Mona Lemoine, to discuss the role of Indigenous leadership and pedagogy in climate action.

Our fourth and final episode of this season’s RAIC Podcast on Architecture will be released on July 22. It will feature RAIC Congress on Architecture Steering Committee member Joanne Perdue in conversation with World Green Building Council CEO, Cristina Gamboa.

Listen to full episodes, read more about the guests, and download complete transcripts in English and French at

Case study:  Inline Fiberglass elevates envelope performance at OAA Headquarters

According to David Fujiwara, the architect of the retrofit, “Fiberglass frames were considered for the OAA office windows because of their thermal effectiveness, ability to carry a triple-glazed unit, slim profile and strength. They met all the requirements of the building code and of the project. Read more

Alexandra Bridge named to National Trust Endangered Places List to oppose demolition

The National Trust for Canada has added to its Endangered Places List the Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge that links the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. The National Trust supports the work of the newly formed Alexandra bridge Coalition

Alexandra Bridge Coalition, that brings together heritage, environmental and transportation advocates from both provinces, and has added its name to the Coalition’s letter calling on the Prime Minister to reverse his decision to demolish the Bridge.

The Alexandra Bridge was built in 1898-1900 by the Dominion Bridge Company, the first Canadian company to tackle an engineering feat of this scope. It is recognized by the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering as an outstanding work of engineering due to its innovative steel truss cantilever design. The bridge is a key component of the nationally significant cultural landscape of the Parliamentary precinct at the core of the Canadian capital.

The federal government’s announcement that the bridge would be demolished and replaced runs squarely against its own recently announced climate change targets and emphasis on green recovery. The National Trust believes the federal government needs to provide bold leadership in addressing the climate crisis, and central to those efforts should be the retention and reuse of existing buildings and structures.  Follow the work of the Alexandra Bridge Coalition here. Photo: Paul de Broeck.

Mitsubishi Electric Sales makes the case for strategic electrification 

Achieving 2050 energy efficiency targets will require strategies beyond the standard energy efficiency and renewable energy push. Enhanced energy efficiency and carbonfree electricity can reduce regional emissions by only about 40% by 2050 – half the amount required to achieve the 80% goal. To meet 80% reductions, we need to incorporate a third strategy: strategic electrification, which means powering end users with electricity from cleaner grids and renewable sources. A brief paper by Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada describes how Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) systems help builders, engineers, MURB owners, cities and provinces lower carbon footprints and reduce overall costs for commercial building owners, consumers and society. 

JELD-WEN® Canada named Manufacturer of the Year winner from ENERGY STAR®  

JELD-WEN of Canada, a subsidiary of JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD), has been named the ENERGY STAR® Manufacturer of the Year in the category of Windows and Doors for 2021. It has won this award five times over the last seven years bringing its total ENERGY STAR® award count to eight. Early in 2020, JELD-WEN of Canada demonstrated its commitment to energy efficiency by launching KEEP OUTSIDE OUT (, a comprehensive awareness campaign used to market their specialized Northern Tri-Pane Collection™ windows across Canada.  

BASF Canada and Bullfrog Power launch documentary on Circular Economy

BASF Canada and Bullfrog Power have partnered to produce “The Afterlife of Waste”, a documentary which looks at the current challenges of plastic waste management in Canada, and positions the circular economy concept as one of the solutions to reduce its impact.  

“Transitioning from a linear ‘take – make – waste’ approach to a circular approach that uses waste as an input to produce new products is central in policy, industry and societal discussions in recent years,” said Amy Sandhu, Head of Sustainability and Government Relations at BASF Canada. “Energy is a material input in any production or waste system. But as “The Afterlife of Waste” shows, energy can also be an output, allowing us to extract energy resources from the waste that currently ends up in landfills or ecosystems,” said Suha Jethalal, General Manager at Bullfrog Power. “Moving to a circular economy, like shifting to 100% renewable energy, is a challenge we need to take on as a global community.” “The Afterlife of Waste” will be officially launched in Fall 2021. To learn more about this documentary visit 

BookThe Future of Modular Architecture 


Just published, The Future of Modular Architecture presents a case for mass-customized mid- and high-rise modular housing that can be manufactured and distributed on a global scale. The book’s thesis springs from the idea that adopting the dimensional standards of the existing intermodal freight transportation system is the key to achieving meaningful economies of scale. Advocating for open-source design based on this new modular standard, the book shows how global supply chains can be harnessed to realize the long-held promise that housing will be a well-designed and affordable industrial product. 

The author, David Wallance, FAIA argues that the future of modular architecture is profoundly intertwined with globalization, equitable urbanism, and sustainable development. Going beyond the individual modular building, Wallance forecasts the emergence of a new type of design, manufacturing, and construction enterprise. 
At 302 pages with 130 colour illustrations, in hard-bound and paperback. Available on Amazon or from the publisher, Routledge.



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Lennox launches Model L packaged rooftop line 

The Model L packaged rooftop line by Lennox boasts efficiency ratings among the highest in the industry with leadership models in SEER, IEER, and EER. Featuring both gas-electric and electric-electric units, the Model L is available from 3 to 25 tons of nominal cooling capacity. Packed full of innovative features, the heart of the Model L is the new Lennox CORE Control System and Service App. The controller can communicate superheat, sub-cool, and other system performance details without hooking up gauges to the unit’s refrigeration system.  This critical performance information is available through open third-party communication protocols like BACnet and LonTalk.