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SABMag Issue 65  – Fall 2019

Latest SABMag Case Study: RJC Engineers on Energy Modelling

The latest SABMag one-page digital case study,  ‘Energy Modelling determines conservation measures at schematic design stage’, by national engineering firm, RJC Engineers,  describes how energy modelling is of such crucial importance at the schematic design stage to determine the energy conservation measures (ECMs) that must be implemented to synergize the thermal characteristics of the structural, enclosure, mechanical and electrical systems of the building. The developed ECMs can touch on more than just the envelope but also HVAC and electrical systems, both passive and active. See it at: https://sabmagazine.com/case-studies.

Passive House in Langley a demo for others

The latest SABMag one-page digital case study,  ‘Energy Modelling determines conservation measures at schematic design stage’, by national engineering firm, RJC Engineers,  describes how energy modelling is of such crucial importance at the schematic design stage to determine the energy conservation measures (ECMs) that must be implemented to synergize the thermal characteristics of the structural, enclosure, mechanical and electrical systems of the building. The developed ECMs can touch on more than just the envelope but also HVAC and electrical systems, both passive and active. See it at: https://sabmagazine.com/case-studies.

Report shares inside story of BC’s trailblazing Energy Step Code

The recent report, ‘Lessons From the BC Energy Step Code’, explains how BC created a first-in-North America building code designed to improve energy efficiency and transform the market towards the ultimate goal of net-zero energy-ready performance.

The Step Code is a section of the BC Building Code that local governments may use, if they wish, to require or incentivize builders to deliver a higher level of energy efficiency performance in new construction projects.

The publication details the collaborative process that yielded the Step Code in the hope that other jurisdictions will develop a similar code, and the 10 key lessons learned.

1. Pitch a Big Tent, and Embrace Shared Leadership

2. Set Your End Game, then Backcast

3. Fear Not Your Local Governments

4. Provide Simple, Clear, and Accessible Materials

5. Encourage Collective Ownership

6. Identify and Tackle Cost ‘Pain Points’

7. Offer an Easy On-Ramp to Performance Codes

8. Consider Elections and Seasonal Factors in your Roll-Out Plan

9. This is a Change-Management Process

10. Continue to Refine and Improve the Standard Over Time

‘Lessons From the BC Energy Step Code’ is available via the Province of British Columbia’s dedicated BC Energy Step Code site at: energystepcode.ca, under Resources/Publications.

 

Endress+Hauser Canada: Three in one certification a first for a private company in Canada

Designed by mcCallumSather, the new two-storey, 47,000 square-foot Customer Experience Centre in Burlington, Ontario for Endress+Hauser Canada will target net zero energy, the Zero Carbon Building Standard and LEED Gold through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). This will make Endress+Hauser, a global leader in process measurement and instrumentation, the first private company in Canada to pursue all three certifications at once. Completion is planned for the fall of 2020.

“For a private company to make the investment in zero carbon design shows incredible ambition and foresight. The key to completing a project of this complexity is to work as an integrated team. This specialised approach and commitment from our client will result in a one-of-a-kind net zero facility that changes the standard for this global company,” says Drew Hauser, Director at mcCallumSather.

New book an indispensable guide on solar electricity

BC-based New Society Publishers will soon release the new book, Solar Electricity Basics, 2nd ed: Powering Your Home or Office with Solar Energy by Dan Chiras, Ph.D. a noted author of numerous books on renewable energy. The book offers a concise and up-to-date guide covering all the essentials, such as:

• How to size, cost, and choose the right system,

• Where to mount a system for best performance,

• Type of modules and inverters,

• How to install and maintain batteries,

• Cost vs benefit for solar electric systems, and

• How to connect to the grid.

$19.95, taxes and shipping extra. Paperback (6”x9”), 240 pages.

Publisher: New Society Publishers (https://www.newsociety.com)

ISBN: 9780865719255

The RAIC and Canada Council for the Arts launch 2020 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts invite architects to participate in the competition for the 2020 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, one of the country’s most prestigious and coveted architectural awards. Awarded every two years, the 12 medals recognize and celebrate outstanding design in recently completed built projects  by Canadian architects. Submission deadline: December 6, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. ET. Apply at https://raic.org. The call for submissions is open to all architects or team of architects who were the lead design architects. They must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and licensed or registered with a Canadian provincial or territorial jurisdiction. Eligible projects are those that were built in and outside of Canada and completed between January 1, 2012, and September 1, 2019. mcook@raic.org

EVENTS

An unforgettable experience as North America’s largest event for products, services, educational programming and professional networking for the design, construction and property management communities for the past 30 years. New in 2019, the Show introduces Buildings Connect, a dynamic PropTech showcase directly impacting people, places, properties, portfolios, energy use and operational efficiencies. 

 

Feb. 25-26, 2020 CHBA Net Zero Home Leadership Summit – Harrison Hot Springs, BC

PRODUCTS

Fast-Tube™ fast, economical and steps lightly

Fast-Tube™ by BC-based FAB-Form is a ‘soft’ fabric column form for forming round concrete columns. Manufactured from high strength polyethylene, Fast-Tube™ comes on rolls and is available in diameters from 8″ to 20″. Installation, pouring and stripping is quick and easy, with minimal disturbance of the site. https://www.fab-form.com

Arriscraft introduces Metropolitan over-sized building stone

Cambridge, ON-based Arriscraft has introduced Metropolitan which combines long length and various heights – giving designers tremendous flexibility. The masonry units feature a sandblasted texture, are 31-5/8″ long, and available in three face rises: 1-15/16″, 4-1/4″ and 6-1/2″, and in four colours:  Greyrock, Nutmeg, Oakmoss and White. 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. www.arriscraft.com

 

GSky® Living Green Walls launches Versa Wall® XT for exterior installation

GSky Plant Systems, Inc., a global leader in the design and production of interior and exterior green walls, has launched the Versa Wall® XT system, an exterior living wall alternative to pre-grown panels. Unlike the pre-planted panels used in most exterior green walls, Versa Wall® XT uses one-gallon potted plants in lightweight trays such that full-grown plants can be swapped in quickly and cleanly. This system can be a seasonal alternative in colder climates where plants can be removed for the winter or replaced entirely in the spring. Its patented vertical irrigation technology cuts water waste, prevents oversaturation, and boosts cost efficiency by automatically running a timed gravity-based irrigation cycle two to three times per week. https://gsky.com/versa-xt/