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Energy-efficient, durable and affordable: a new take on First Nations housing

When architect Douglas Cardinal contacted Maisons Chicoine Homes (MCH), a builder located near Gatineau, QC, with a vision to create a new housing model for First Nations communities, the result was Cardinal House. The two-storey, 1,100-square-foot, three-bedroom home uses prefabricated exterior wall panels of cross-laminated timber (CLT) from Element 5 which were factory made and assembled in three days by MCH.  The Cardinal House concept offers a healthy (mould-resistant), energy-efficient, long-lasting and affordable home to tackle the housing crisis of First Nations communities. More information.

Announcing the winning projects of 2020 Canadian Green Building Awards

The nine winning projects of the 13th annual SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards, a program of Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag] include new and adaptive re-use projects from most regions of the country. They represent some of the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada. 

See the winning projects here. Watch for the Fall issue of SABMag in which full details of the winning projects will be published.

We thank all those who entered the 2020 program. And also our esteemed jury;

  • Shelley Craig, Principal, B.E.S, A.A.DIPL, MAIBC, FRAIC. Urban Arts Architecture and Urban Design,
  • Alan Murphy, Principal, BES, B.Arch., MRAIC, LEED® AP BD+C, WELL AP. Green Reason, and
  • Claude Bourbeau, Senior Partner, OAQ, OAA, MIRAC, LEED AP. Provencher_Roy  


Thank you to our sponsors!

We thank our National Sponsors: Masonite Architectural and the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, and 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:

Watch for the Spring/Summer Issue on Passive House

The SABMag Spring/Summer issue is all about Passive House – the super energy-efficient building system. Published in association with Passive House Canada, the issue will contain six Passive House building profiles, and related articles on Passive House and embodied carbon, Net Zero Building, and a special supplement on the LEED-certified buildings of 2019. Watch for it in the second half of July.

2020 SABMag Directory a quick reference of products for high-performance building

Selkirk Regional Health Centre

Selkirk Regional Health Centre strives for durability and sustainability within a responsible economic framework. A main design aspiration was access to natural light and outdoor spaces. Heating and cooling for the facility is based on an all-electric ground source heat pump system which supplies approximately 50% of the overall  energy needs. The envelope components are configured to provide an overall energy efficient envelope for the local climatic conditions. Architects: LM Architectural Group  Architects. Read the article.


Marmoleum Modular tiles 

Forbo’s 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. 


Learn on Demand – New Online Educational Courses for the AEC Community

CPCI is thrilled to announce Learn on Demand Prefab Precast Concrete, a new and free platform that hosts a number of educational courses. Learn on Demand Prefab Precast Concrete is a continuing series of interactive educational courses geared towards architects, engineers, real estate developers, academics, students, government officials and construction professionals who want to learn more about precast concrete products and services. While viewing the course, participants must answer questions relating to the content to advance the course and verify participation. Upon completion the viewer will be sent a certificate of participation and completion to qualify for Professional Development Hours (PDH) and/or Continuing Education Units (CEU).  Visit today! 


City of Calgary achieves sustainability and performance objectives with LEED v4

As the first municipality in Canada to adopt a Sustainable Building Policy (SBP), The City of Calgary has over 60 LEED-certified projects, including Canada’s first two LEED v4 Building Design and Construction (BD+C) certifications. Calgary has leveraged LEED v4 to focus on the integrative design process and optimizing energy performance. The City is reducing energy consumption within its building portfolio by requiring minimum energy consumption and energy cost improvements above an NECB 2011 baseline buildingLEED’s Energy and Atmosphere credit category provides a framework, and the City utilized this credit category on its first three LEED v4 certified projects: The City of Calgary Organics Waste Diversion Facility – Administration & Education (A&E) Building, Stoney Transit Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus Storage Facility, and City of Calgary Manchester Building M.