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February e-NEWS

Roam Transit Operations and Training Centre: Light industrial meets the CAGBC Net Zero Carbon Standard

By Mike Woodland, MTA|Urban Design Architecture Interior Design Inc. and Eric White, Integral Group 

The design of the Roam Transit Operations and Training Centre in Banff responds to the challenge of creating a CAGBC Net Zero Carbon Standard facility in an area that is both a Canadian National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The single-storey 1,414 sq.m building stores 12 buses inside, along with offices, a training classroom, lunchroom and washrooms, and has a canopy structure to cover an additional 20 buses outside. Along with a highly insulated envelope, the building has an effective heat recovery of 63.8% on the HVAC system, connects to the local biomass-fueled low carbon district heating system, and has a roof-mounted 302.6 kW PV array. Read more.

Deadline approaching for the 2023 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards

The deadline is approaching so register ( ) now for the 2023 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards and we’ll send you the Entry Kit. The winning submissions are heavily publicized, and many of the projects published in SABMag and the regional FOCUS publications are sourced from the Awards. If you entered last year, do so again as a different jury can bring different results. Deadline to receive your electronic submission is Friday, March 10.

The three jurors who will judge the submissions to the 2023 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards are (left to right):

  • Roxanne Gauthier OAQ, Assoc.. Éco. LEED Green Assoc., Associate Director of EVOQ, Montreal
  • Vedran Škopac Dipl.Ing.Arch., M.Arch., Principal, Reimagine Architects, Edmonton
  • Kendall S. Taylor, NSAA, MRAIC, LEED AP BD +C, Principal, root Architecture, Dartmouth

See more jury details here.  Register now to receive the Entry Kit.

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Visit the 2023 SABMag Directory: a quick reference of products for high-performance building

SABMag’s new 2023 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:

Molok® Deep Collection™ system

An award-winning semi-underground waste containment system. Twenty years in North America and emptied by crane, Molok® containers are space saving, efficient and odour free.

Roth North America

Premier TANK. Premier WARRANTY. Premier SYSTEM. Roth North America provides water cisterns, rainwater harvesting tanks, septic tanks, and more, consisting of an inner layer of FDA approved virgin HDPE, two inside layers of PE for improved stability, plus one outer layer of black and UV-stabilized PE. Low profile, 100% watertight, and Lifetime corrosion protection.


Using only natural materials, Arriscraft manufactures superior stone that delivers the aesthetic and performance qualities of quarried stone. Arriscraft offers full-bed stone, thin-clad solutions and brick products, plus natural limestone quarried in Ontario.

Cascadia Windows & Doors

Cascadia offers high-performance fiberglass solutions for window wall, windows and doors, and storefront glazing. From Passive House projects to high-rise buildings, Cascadia’s fiberglass windows offer unparalleled thermal and structural performance.


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. 

Check out CPCI’s Learn on Demand course on the Putman Family YWCA Total Precast Concrete Passive House Project

The Learn on Demand presentation provides an overview of the Putman Family YWCA Total Precast Concrete Passive House project in Hamilton, Ontario. It is the first mid-rise total precast concrete passive house building in Canada. The presentation covers the Design Process, Challenges and Solutions, and Special Junction details and features a 10-minute Q&A at the end of the presentation. Take the course here.

How Construction can build Community Capital: Achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through Integration of Social Procurement in Construction Projects

By David LePage, Buy Social Canada and Tim Coldwell, Chandos Construction

Social procurement is the intentional effort to leverage social value outcomes from existing purchasing so that price is no longer the only consideration. When we use social procurement to purchase goods, services, or to choose a construction contractor, we are deliberately balancing the environmental impact, the social value outcomes, the product or service requirements, and the price. Over the past decade we have witnessed the emergence of social procurement policies and initiatives across numerous corporate and political entities, as they adjust their historic purchasing criteria from lowest price to best value. Leveraging a social value from the process of purchasing offers an opportunity to solve persistent and complex social and environmental issues, which achieve the UN Sustainability Goals. Read more.

Clayton Water Reservoir: With biophilic design massive infrastructure contributes to urban life

By Matthew Woodruff, Local Practice Architecture + Design Ltd.

The Clayton Reservoir, located in Surrey, is designed to serve the needs of an expanding neighbourhood by supplying drinking water to current and future residents. The goal was to humanize the large structure and integrate it with the adjacent community park. The solution was born from a simple premise – that our democratic institutions are stronger when they are seen to be doing their work visibly and well. The architectural team’s role on the project was to soften and rationalize the form in a way that was legible and beautiful. The design of the precast concrete modular facade was driven by technical and engineering requirements, and by a desire for innovation. The biophilic modules were created through a process of parametric form finding. The design team then turned to physical models to explore the performance of the organic shapes with the sun and the shadows they would generate. Read more.