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Third & Hawkins Condo: Local residents band together to offer comfort and high efficiency to downsizers

Located in Whitehorse, the six-storey was intended as a sustainable, community-oriented residential building. To withstand the harsh winter temperatures and lack of sunlight, an enclosure-first design was critical to reduce energy consumption and improve both thermal performance and airtightness. The compact form minimizes heat loss while the 15-degree rotation of the building and significant overhangs maximize solar-gain in winter and solar-shade during warmer months. The building is equipped with a high-efficiency central ERV system, specifically a Dual-Core RG 2000, by Winnipeg-based Tempeff. Acting as the building’s lungs, the ERV not only recovers heat, but also factors in humidity while supplying continuous fresh air supply and frost-free operation in this climate.


Summer SABMag all about the winning projects of the 2022 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards

The eleven winning projects selected in the 15th annual Canadian Green Building Awards, a program of Sustainable Architecture & Building (SABMag),will be showcased in the Summer issue of SABMag coming out in mid-June, and on the SABMag web site. The winners represent some of the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada, both new and renovated – from large commercial/industrial down to single-family homes.

We thank our jurors:

  • Emma Cubitt   MArch, OAA, MRAIC, LEED ®AP, Principal, Invizij Architects Inc., Hamilton
  • Jim Huffman Architect AIBC, FRAIC, LEED® AP, Principal/Senior Design Director, B+H Vancouver Studio
  • Roberto Campos Architect, OAA, MRAIC, ORSA, Figurr Architects, Montreal.

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LEED Canada 2021 Buildings-in-Review

The SABMag Spring issue contains the annual supplement produced with the CAGBC as a record of the LEED buildings certified in 2021. Selected profiles of LEED-certified buildings include:

Mississauga Executive Centre. Colliers. LEED Platinum and Gold

Kings Daughters and Sons Village. CSV Architects. LEED Platinum

Federation of Canadian Municipalities office. CSV Architects. LEED Gold

The 2022 SABMag Directory a quick reference of products for high-performance building

SABMag’s 2022 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building has just been launched. Listings are organized by Product Category and by LEED Category. The Directory also offers a quick view of the structure of LEED, and is a quick reference for finding products. Examples of featured listings include:

Efficiency Nova Scotia

Did you know installing energy efficient upgrades can make your commercial space more comfortable for tenants while saving on your bottom line? From new builds, building retrofits, optimizing controls and everything in between, we can safely help with incentives, financing, and expert advice.


We work with our clients to provide sustainable solutions throughout the asset lifecycle from inception, planning, design and construction through to operations, certification, and renewal.

FABRIQ architecture

 FABRIQ architecture is a Montreal based firm that delivers innovative and sustainable design solutions for clients in the public and private sectors. Currently have eight major LEED projects certified or underway.

RJC Engineers

Our passion around environmentally responsible design forces us to challenge norms regarding energy efficiencies and materials used on every one of our projects.

Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance Certification Program

An independent entity which qualifies precast concrete manufacturers who fabricate structural, architectural and specialty precast concrete products, including concrete pipe and underground utility and drainage products. The program validates capabilities of superior quality assurance for owners, agencies, specifiers, and producers.

Ed Sackfield Arena: Renewal project creates a welcoming space that connects the community

The Ed Sackfield Arena is an addition to a municipal arena and a key component of the David Hamilton Park renewal project in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The expansion program included twinning the existing ice pad, with an elevated running track on the upper level, and a new community space and a fitness centre. Designed to LEED Silver, the mechanical system is based on three packaged units, two heat recovery units, and one desiccant dehumidifier for the rink. CFMS acted as the independent Cx Authority for the Owner, and completed its assigned tasks required for LEED® certification. Read more …


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. 

An Elegant New Passive House Total Precast Concrete Design Has Re-introduced the YWCA to the Artistic Crown Point Neighbourhood

The architectural intent of the Putman Family YWCA Passive House project, was to be part of the existing community, be reflective of Hamilton and use local manufacturers and pay homage to the surrounding contextual fabric. The building consists of a five-storey, 50-unit multi-family social housing component with a basement Community and Enterprise Centre podium. The design also included multiple outdoor amenities that vary in privacy and program led by YWCA Hamilton. The structure was built to Passive House (PH) International Standard, which consumes 90% less energy than conventional buildings.

The building consists of a unique total precast concrete system with a double-wythe insulated panel system which forms the thermal, air-tight, structural, weathering, and aesthetic façade in one factory-built component. The precast concrete hollowcore floor elements allow for a lower depth to span ratio and provide the lowest GWP of any concrete floor system.

The PH Total Precast Concrete building offers maximum health, comfort, and energy efficiency, aligning with the YWCA’s core values of providing women with comfortable, healthy, secure, resilient, and safe housing. 

For more information: Putman Family YWCA Passive House Total Precast Concrete Publication. 

Kearns Mancini Architects  

Parcours Gouin Welcome Pavilion: passive-active design brings urban beautification

Designed both as a visitor centre and as a showcase for environmental education, the pavilion integrates site preservation, potable water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, local materials, and health and wellbeing.  The Net-Zero project is certified LEED Gold which was achieved through a high-performance building envelope, high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems, and an array of 120 photovoltaic modules capable of generating 31.8 kilowatts of renewable energy. The envelope assembly minimizes thermal bridging with continuous exterior insulation. Natural light floods the interiors through timber curtain walls by Unicel Architectural.


Trinity Bellwoods Laneway House: Compact design brings families together

Making the most of the existing construction footprint is a key green home design principle. This house has only 575 square feet per floor but with careful design, the space has maximum efficiency and utility. The exterior is a rainscreen of mineral wool insulation board, which also offers excellent soundproofing for city living, strapping, and steel cladding. The exterior includes Majvest 200 air/weather barrier by Siga, a mechanically fastened, 3-ply membrane designed for above-grade moisture control and air barrier applications. Read more …

Register Today for the 2022 Green Building Festival

Claim the Early Bird in person tickets price before June 1st and save! In the face of today’s prevailing issues, the Green Building Festival theme for 2022 is ‘Positive’. If sustainability and net zero are stepping stones, what tools and strategies will move us into a positive position to ensure a healthier, stable tomorrow? A diverse range of speakers will address pathways to positive outcomes: the complexity of retrofitting existing buildings, new approaches that enable users to maintain a net positive lifestyle, the potential of tiny houses and more. Join us in person in Toronto and online on November 1st and prepare to be challenged, inspired and enlightened.

Register Today: Green Building Festival 2022 – November 1, 2022 (


  • May 25-27, Victoria Passive House Canada Conference , Victoria
  • June 1-3, Building Lasting Change National Conference, Toronto, Canada Green Building Council
  • June 4, RAIC 2022 Virtual Conference

Perkins&Will launches carbon forecasting tool for projects

For Earth Day, Perkins&Will has announced a new tool, Carbon Forecasts, to help designers  understand the overall carbon emissions of a project—also known as “whole-life carbon”—and the effect of those emissions on human and environmental health.  The tool is based on Perkins&Will’s decades of experience in environmental stewardship through design, and its strategic partnerships with some of the world’s most respected climate research organizations. Details