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REGISTER NOW for the 2020 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards

Register now for the 2020 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards, and we’ll send you an Entry Kit as soon as it is available. 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. In fact, many of the projects published in SABMag and in the CaGBC FOCUS publications are drawn from the Awards submissions.

Eligible projects must have been substantially completed between January 1, 2017 and February 28, 2020. 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. Electronic submissions accepted. Deadline for submissions is March 6, 2020.

National 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.

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The annual issues of the CaGBC Toronto FOCUS and BC FOCUS publications cover local buildings and issues

Check out the Fall 2019 issue of the CaGBC Toronto FOCUS which in part covers stormwater management and water conservation, and highly innovative buildings such as the Zero Carbon Joyce Centre at Mohawk College in Hamilton. And, the Fall BC FOCUS highlights a Passive House-certified university building, a trades training centre which acts as a living lab for students, cutting emissions with a biomass boiler, and more. The Toronto FOCUS and BC FOCUS are published in the Spring and Fall.

Using wood products from responsibly managed forests is key to any green building project. Third-party forest certification standards, like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), are a proof-point that wood comes from responsibly managed forests that have been managed for multiple environmental, social and economic values – today and into the future. Architects and builders are turning to products certified to the SFI Standard to meet their green building needs. Learn more at

New 2019 SABMag Directory lists products for LEED v4 construction

SABMag’s new 2019 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:

Fire performance of Tall Wood Buildings underestimated: SABMag supplement

Interest in tall wood building construction is growing but many municipal authorities and local fire marshals do not differentiate between the fire performance of light wood frame structures and those made of mass timber. The supplement, Fire Safety in Tall Wood Buildings, found in the Fall issue of SABMag argues that current research demonstrates how fire performance of mass timber structures is far superior to that previously supposed, and to some degree blurs the boundaries between fully encapsulated with gypsum wall board, partially encapsulated and exposed cross laminated timber (CLT) structures.


Sustainable Forbo Marmoleum Modular tile mimics familiar building materials

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.

Precast concrete industry releases Wall Thermal Performance Calculator

The Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) has released its new web-based software, “Precast Concrete Wall Thermal Performance Calculator”, for designers that calculates effective R-values for common architectural single-wythe and double-wythe precast concrete wall systems. The software compares the calculated effective R-values with the requirements of various building codes, and provides an easy user-interface allowing for the selection of applicable code and system parameters including concrete thickness, insulation type and thickness, and includes graphical representation of the inputs and outputs that may be printed for the design team and Authorities Having Jurisdiction. The software can be accessed here.

Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada appoints new CEO

Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada (PHC) has appointed Chris Ballard as its new CEO, replacing Rob Bernhardt who announced in early 2019 his intention to step down. Ballard has a history of supporting environmental and land use causes, most recently as Ontario’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change. He also served as the Minister of Housing and the Minister responsible for Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and Member of the Treasury Board. He is a past Executive Director of the 60,000 member Consumers’ Association of Canada (Ontario) and a founding board member of the Consumers Council of Canada.  His leadership in journalism, communications and public affairs includes terms as President and Board member of the Public Affairs Association of Canada.

LEED v4 surpasses 1,000 projects in CanadaLEED v4 surpasses 1,000 projects in Canada

The Green Building Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI CA) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are celebrating a new milestone as Canadian LEED v4 project registrations surpass the 1,000 mark. Of Canadian LEED v4 projects, almost half are commercial and institutional new construction, with Ontario leading the way with 27 per cent of projects, followed by British Columbia at 17 per cent, and Alberta at 15 per cent. Existing buildings account for a quarter of total LEED v4 projects, and large commercial owners are leveraging LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance (O+M) to help them meet their sustainability goals and speed up the recertification process.

WorldGBC launches digital library of exemplar sustainable buildings from across the world

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched a new digital case study library showcasing examples of the world’s most cutting-edge sustainable buildings.

Each case study demonstrates enhanced performance in relation to health benefits or the achievement of net zero operational carbon. Buildings and construction together account for 36% of global final energy use. By keeping track of these projects, WorldGBC wants to share insights about global trends in reducing the environmental impact of buildings, and to help inform policymakers, designers, and developers about the feasibility and best practices of advanced sustainable building performance.


An unforgettable experience as North America’s largest event for products, services, educational programming and professional networking for the design, construction and property management communities for the past 30 years. New in 2019, the Show introduces Buildings Connect, a dynamic PropTech showcase directly impacting people, places, properties, portfolios, energy use and operational efficiencies. 

The Buildings Show, Dec 4 – 6, 2019, provides an unforgettable experience as North America’s largest event for products, services, educational programming and professional networking for the design, construction and property management communities for the past 30 years. New in 2019, the Show introduces Buildings Connect, a dynamic PropTech showcase directly impacting people, places, properties, portfolios, energy use and operational efficiencies. Explore technology innovations and connect with transformation influencers at Construct Canada and PM Expo in the South Building and HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion in the North Building.