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Presenting the nine winning projects of the 2019 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards among

The winners of the 12th annual Canadian Green Building Awards, a program of Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine (SABMag), were announced on May 27 at the Awards presentation event at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the day before the start of the Canada Green Building Council National Conference, Building Lasting Change. An underlying theme this year is the growing focus on life cycle considerations, whether these manifest themselves in the retention of existing buildings; the long-term carbon impacts of new ones; the re-engineering of linear systems of consumption and disposal into circular ones, or in simply making more sustainable living an attractive option in our cities. See the winning projects here.

Register for the 2020 Awards here, and we will automatically send you the Registration Kit when it is ready.

We thank our National Sponsors : Masonite Architectural and the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, and to our Category Award Sponsors: Inline Fiberglass, Enbridge Gas Inc., and Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada whose support makes the Canadian Green Building Awards possible. For further information:

New 2019 SABMag Directory lists products for LEED v4 construction

SABMag’s new 2019 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building is organized by Product Category and by LEED Category according to LEED v4. The Directory also offers a quick view of the structure of LEED v4, courtesy of our partner Ecospex, and is a quick reference for finding products. Examples of featured listings include:

SoyaOil Coatings wins the CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award

Ontario-based SoyaOil Coatings Canada Inc. received the 2019 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award, sponsored by UL Environment, for its bio-sustainable and renewable architectural coatings technology which is revolutionizing the green building industry. Formulated for zero-pollution, SoyaOil is helping the building industry move away from petrochemical and synthetic chemistry products, making buildings safer for the humans that inhabit them, and the environment. The Award was made on May 30 during the CaGBC’s National Conference and Showcase, Building lasting Change, in Vancouver.

(Photo: left to right) Richard McSorley and Bjorn McSorley of SoyaOil Coatings receive the 2019 Green Product of the Year Award from Brent Gilmour of the CaGBC.

Aperture Building: Multi-residential infill scaled to young and empty nesters alike

By Arno Matis, Arno Matis Architecture Inc, Vancouver.

Located between a single-family neighbourhood and a rapid transit hub in Vancouver, the multi-residential Aperture responds to its “single-family-transitioning-to-urban” context with a campus-like massing that combines housing typologies. The prominent façade openings provide passive shading and act as apertures: opening and closing in response to the solar exposure of each façade. Apertures are deeper on the south to increase sun shading, and shallower to the north to allow for additional light. HT Blinds of Surrey supplied the roller blinds for the project.

Achieving LEED GOLD certification under LEED Canada-NC 2009, the building incorporates a high-efficiency mechanical system digitally controlled and monitored, with occupant sensors controlling the system within suites. The mechanical system includes: heat pumps with heat recovery, high-efficiency condensing boilers, low power consumption HRV units (less than 0.4 W/cfm), and ENERGY STAR appliances. Read the full article.

Latest issues of SABMag and the CaGBC BC FOCUS cover winners of SABMag 2019 Awards, and market transformation in BC

Check out the latest issue of SABMag which contains profiles of the nine winning projects of the 2019 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards.

The Spring 2019 BC FOCUS covers three great buildings, the CleanBC Building Innovation Fund, and the financial case for Zero Carbon Buildings, and more. See it here.


Forbo releases Marmoleum Modular tile collection

Marmoleum Modular collection presents sustainable linoleum tiles in various sizes and designs that allows you to create stunning floor designs. The planks and tiles are created around visuals of wood, concrete, stone and marble and can be used to mix and match or on their own, both delivering a beautiful sustainable floor. Explore the Marmoleum Modular designs.

Forbo Flooring Systems is the global market leader in commercial floor covering solutions. Marmoleum, our flagship brand, owns a global linoleum market share of over 60%, while Flotex dominates the rapidly growing flocked flooring market with over 90% global market share. In addition to linoleum-based products, Forbo develops, manufactures and markets a diversity of high quality vinyl and textile floor coverings and Coral & Nuway entrance system solutions.

Precast concrete industry releases Wall Thermal Performance Calculator

The Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) has released its new web-based software, “Precast Concrete Wall Thermal Performance Calculator”, for designers that calculates effective R-values for common architectural single-wythe and double-wythe precast concrete wall systems. The software compares the calculated effective R-values with the requirements of various building codes, and provides an easy user-interface allowing for the selection of applicable code and system parameters including concrete thickness, insulation type and thickness, and includes graphical representation of the inputs and outputs that may be printed for the design team and Authorities Having Jurisdiction. The software can be accessed here.

Athena Institute releases new version of its LCA software

The Athena Institute has released version 5.4 of its acclaimed whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA) software tool. The software quickly models any building type at any design stage, and gives true cradle-to-grave assessments. It makes side-by-side comparisons easy. Thousands of users find it indispensable for helping them reduce the environmental impact of buildings, earn the LCA credit in LEED®, or report embodied carbon.

What’s in the latest release:

  • New! Client-ready full project report (Click here for Sample Report)
  • New! Assembly algorithms for CLT walls, floors, and roofs
  • New! Export all results to Microsoft Excel 
  • New! Bulk import all CRMCA EPD concrete mixes into a product library
  • Updated regional N. America electricity profiles
  • Updated Canadian wood product profiles
  • Updated CMU wall take-offs for various regional and seismic locations
  • Updated cradle-to-grave Sika Sarnafil roofing product profiles 

Find the software, transparency documents and video tutorials at, Athena continues to keep our tool FREE thanks to the generous support of its members and clients.


Humber College achieves first Zero Carbon design certification in Canada for a retrofit

Humber College’s NX building retrofit has achieved the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building – Design Certification, making it the first retrofit to do so. Renovations to the building, which were designed by B+H Architects and constructed by BIRD Construction, started in May, 2018 and will be completed this summer. The original building envelope of aluminum curtain walls and spandrel panels, and a glass vestibule, was replaced by a new one to meet the thermal energy performance requirements of CaGBC’s new Zero Carbon standard. Working with engineering consultants Morrison Hershfield and RDH Building Science, Humber was able to achieve a design that will see the NX building use 70% less energy than before, making it the college’s most energy-efficient building. The CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard (ZCB) provides a path for both new and existing buildings to reach zero carbon.