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Our 2018 jury:
Left to right: Heather Dubbeldam, Thomas Schweitzer and Lindsay Oster. Photo: Roy Grogan.
One of the winning teams: Rebecca Mallinson [third left] of Category Sponsor Enbridge presents the Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award for the One York Tower to [l to r] : Phil Bastow of The Mitchell Partnership Inc., Alan Murphy of Green Reason, and John Gillanders, Dermot Sweeny, David Copeland, and Peter Kurkjia, all of Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. Photo: Vuk Dragojevic.

Winning projects of 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards announced

The winners of the 11th annual Canadian Green Building Awards, a program of Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag], were officially announced on June 4 in Toronto at the Awards Presentation Event. The nine winning projects represent the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada. Our thanks to our National Sponsors: Masonite Architectural and the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, and to our Category Award Sponsors: Inline Fiberglass and Enbridge. Complete details of the winners, along with the original submissions, are found here.

Winning project Langara Science & Technology Building excels in natural daylighing

Winner of the Institutional [Large] Award in the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards, the project was commended by the jury for the “quality and quantity of natural light which is extraordinary for a laboratory building.” On the lower floors a translucent polycarbonate wall-panel system, the UniQuad Translucent Wall System supplied by Kingspan Light + Air | CPI Daylighting provides diffused lighting to balance glare mitigation and thermal performance. Certified LEED Gold, the design achieves exceptional efficiency through the integration of a high-performance envelope, passive lighting and ventilation, and a locally developed energy management technology.  Read more …

SABMag Summer issue details winning projects

The nine winning projects of the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards are summarized with text, photos and drawings in the Summer issue of SABMag. These leading-edge projects range in size from a small Passive House -certified child care centre to a LEED platinum office tower on the Toronto waterfront.  A sample of the digital version of the issue can be found here.

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:  

UMan Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology seeking researchers

The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology [C.A.S.T.] at the University of Manitoba has issued an Open call for Researchers. C.A.S.T. is an interdisciplinary research laboratory for creative experimentation with technologies related to design, construction and performance of the built environment. Academics, practitioners and people from industry can explore materials and assemblies; experiment with building techniques and construction methods; and test prototypes. Information here.  C.A.S.T. Home page.

CaGBC certifies Bentall Kennedy office building as Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building – Performance certification

The CaGBC has announced today that 100 Murray Street, a Class A commercial office building in Ottawa’s Byward Market managed by Bentall Kennedy, has been awarded Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building [ZCB] – Performance certification.

Having achieved LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification in 2016, the building underwent continued energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures to demonstrate a balance of zero carbon emissions for this certification.

ZCB-Performance certification requires buildings to demonstrate that they did not generate any carbon emissions over a twelve month period of operations, with performance verified annually. To earn this certification, Bentall Kennedy’s project team had to evaluate energy use holistically, including impacts on peak electricity demand, and determine the GHG emissions associated with structural and envelope materials.

Among the highlights that contributed to the building’s zero carbon certification is its near total use of electricity as the primary energy source, the establishment of an advanced building automation system, and the use of efficient lighting and control systems throughout the property. Electricity from Ontario’s low-carbon grid accounts for 95 per cent of the building’s energy use. The building is also very efficient, performing better than 92 per cent of comparable buildings. In addition, Bentall Kennedy is nearing completion on a costed plan to replace equipment and phase out the remaining use of natural gas in the building. CaGBC has also announced that it has signed on as a new tenant at 100 Murray, with plans to relocate its Ottawa headquarters to the building in summer 2018.

Passive House Canada and Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Exchange join international powers to drive global adoption of performance-based codes for buildings

On July 10, 2018 Passive House Canada and Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Exchange [ZEBx], participated in the UNECE High Performance Building Initiative at UN Headquarters in New York to establish the International Centres of Excellence on High Performance Buildings. Also present were the UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, the City of Vancouver, representatives from Ireland, Penn State University and the North American Passive House Network.

In 2017 UNECE adopted the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings which promotes the adoption of aggressive, performance-based codes for buildings.

To support deployment of the Framework Guidelines and to advance the performance of buildings broadly, UNECE is launching a global network of International Centres of Excellence on High Performance Buildings. Three centres of excellence have been established to date: ZEBx in Vancouver, and in New York and Ireland. Centres of Excellence will advance market transformation providing industry with the tools and training required to design, construct and maintain high-performance buildings.

Passive House Canada played a central role in the development of the UN’s Framework Guidelines and is a key partner in ZEBx, which is a partnership between the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada, the Vancouver Regional Construction Association and the Open Green Building Society. Info:


Forbo renews biobased Marmoleum Striato collection

Forbo’s new Marmoleum Solid collection, made with natural, renewable ingredients, combines award-winning design with durability and sustainability to create a healthy, pure foundation for today’s interior environments.The Marmoleum Solid collections are 100% biobased, naturally PVC-free and phthalate-free, and feature inherent antimicrobial and antistatic properties that improve indoor air quality and resist bacteria growth without chemical additives. Read more …

Architectural Precast Concrete Walls: Best Practice Guide 

The new Best Practice Guide from CPCI summarizes the most current best practices in architectural precast concrete design and construction, and illustrates recommended design details and site practices.