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Jury named and 2019 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards set to go

Register now at to receive your Entry Kit for the 2019 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards. With nine submission categories, the Awards is a great opportunity to have your work recognized and published in SABMag, and on the SABMag web site and newsletter. Eligible projects must have been substantially completed between January 1, 2016 and February 28, 2019. If you entered a project last year, enter it again. A different jury can bring different results. An entry fee applies only when you make your submission. Deadline for submissions March 8, 2019.

Our esteemed jury for 2019 consists of: Lisa Bate, B+H Regional Managing Principal, North America / WorldGBC Chair

Ron Kato, Principal, Kato Martyn Architects and Program Head & Faculty, Architectural Science Degree, British Columbia Institute of Technology

And Jonathan Bisson, Partner, bisson | associés.

Winning project Environmental Science Building rooted in sustainable design solutions 

Winner of the Institutional [Large] Award in the SABMag 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards, the University of Toronto’s Environmental Science and Chemistry Building at the Scarborough Campus, by Diamond Schmitt Architects, incorporates progressive systems which achieve a significant reduction in energy consumption in a process-energy-driven facility. These include geo-thermal boreholes beneath the building and earth tubes, and a high-performance building envelope including innovative solar shading. The project also features a solar renewable-ready green roof supplied by Tremco. The reduction in energy intensity is 48%, and a 35% reduction in potable water consumption. Water-conserving products supplied by SLOAN and drinking water stations by Elkay. The jury said, “This building has a particularly innovative approach to solar shading, creating a dynamic façade and animating interior spaces. This approach carries through to the other environmental systems which are exposed to view, not simply to celebrate the technology, but to monitor performance, facilitate research and identify potential improvements.”

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Our thanks to our 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards National Sponsors: Masonite Architectural and the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute. And to our Category Award Sponsors: INLINE Fiberglass and Enbridge.  

See all of the winning projects.

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2018 SABMag Directory lists products for LEED v4 construction

SABMag’s  2018 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:


Edmonton’s Rogers Place a new era for green building design and hockey

Rogers Place, the home of the Edmonton Oilers in the heart of the city, anchors a massive downtown revitalization which includes Ford Hall, the Downtown Community Arena, a light-rail transit connection, and a pedestrian pedway. Touted as one of the most dynamic in North America, the sports and entertainment destination meets the City of Edmonton’s mandate to meet the LEED Silver certification as a minimum requirement. Planning, design and construction of the arena and adjacent facilities followed LEED requirements throughout the process. As a result, Rogers Place is the first Canadian NHL facility to be certified LEED Silver, and only the second in North America. Read the full article in the Alberta FOCUS, published by the CaGBC Alberta Chapter and SABMag:

Affordability and Sustainability through intensification

How and where we build housing has a significant impact on its affordability, suitability, and sustainability. One big opportunity to improve the quality of housing in all of these areas can be achieved through the thoughtful intensification of our cities with Missing Middle housing. The past ten years have seen the GTA’s new housing supply delivered via “tall and sprawl”—i.e. small condos in high-rise towers and larger housing units at the urban fringe. This pattern leaves end with little choice. They are forced to choose between an expensive condo in the urban core that is likely to be unsuitable (for lack of multiple bedrooms), or a single-detached house that comes with a long, stressful commute. Read the full article in the Toronto Fall FOCUS, published by the CaGBC Toronto Chapter and SABMag:

World Green Building Council launches Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet guide

The new Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet guide by the World Green Building Council takes a combination of the latest research into air quality, thermal and acoustic comfort and lighting and translates it into simple, low-cost and practical strategies to make the home environment healthier. ‘MissionThe guide recommends action to making a home healthier by countering negatives such as:

-poor quality indoor air

-poor insulation and construction of buildings

-inadequate quality light, and the need for more natural lighting

“Our key message is that homes and buildings across the world must be sustainable for people and planet. By publishing this guide, we hope this information will empower homeowners and occupiers to invest in a healthier home,” said Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council.

Sheridan named top ‘green college’ for leading sustainability efforts

Sheridan has been named a top “green” college according to the Princeton Review’s renowned Guide to 399 Green Colleges, 2018 Edition. The ninth annual edition highlights the most environmentally responsible colleges with strong commitments to sustainability. The schools were selected based on academic offerings, campus policies, initiatives, activities and career preparation for students. Most of the 399 schools named in the report are based in the U.S. Out of the 13 Canadian schools named, Sheridan represents the only college. Sheridan is guided by its Mission Zero commitment, which is comprised of: (1) The Integrated Energy and Climate Master, and (2) Zero Waste Sheridan.

The best energy performing school in Canada uses off-the-shelf materials

The Hyde Park School in Barrie, ON uses the proprietary TermoBuild “smart” floors consisting of precast concrete hollowcore slabs and off-the-shelf HVAC equipment. The hollowcore floor slabs act as a ‘rechargeable battery’ in which the hollowcore channels become ductwork providing heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. In winter, surplus heat, generated from body heat, lighting, computers, sun radiation, etc., is captured, stored and released on demand. In summer, this excess heat is dissipated by cooling the slabs with cool night air, reducing cooling needs up to 50%.


Forbo renews biobased Marmoleum Striato collection

Forbo Flooring Systems’ renewed Marmoleum Striato collection presents exciting linear floor designs in a complete palette of colours, and eight beautiful, embossed Textura designs. The organic Flow and Driftwood patterns of Textura add tactility and movement to the floor. Marmoleum Striato coordinates beautifully with the other collections of Marmoleum sheet and tile, providing natural, healthy, and durable flooring solutions for healthcare, education, government, corporate and retail facilities.

Made from natural, renewable ingredients, Marmoleum Striato is 100% biobased, and features inherent antimicrobial and antistatic properties that improve indoor air quality and resist bacteria growth without chemical additives. Marmoleum Striato’s sustainable, water-based Topshield 2 finish provides occupancy-ready installation and exceptional performance against soiling, staining, scratching and scuffing. While non-renewable floor coverings may be permanently damaged, Marmoleum floor can easily and cost-effectively be renewed, and has a service life of of 30 years.

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.

CPCI Recognizes Excellence in the AEC and Canadian Precast Concrete Industries

CPCI is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017-2018 CPCI Annual Awards for industry partners and for CPCI members. The awards recognize professionals in the fields of engineering, architecture and real estate development for their outstanding contribution to the Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry in education, innovation, sustainability and change; for positive leadership, industry-altering development and expansion; and for accelerating the growth of the Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry. Read more …