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Winning project Centre de Découverte combines beauty and big energy cuts

Winner of the Institutional [Small] Award in the SABMag 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards, the project in the Parc National des Îles-de-Boucherville near Montreal has an interpretive centre and a second building for outdoor equipment rentals. The combination of a high-performance building envelope, careful implementation of bioclimatic design principles and efficient mechanical and electrical systems result in a 40% reduction in energy use. Waterfree urinals by SLOAN contributed to a near 40% reduction in water use. The jury said, “This building was notable for its strong focus on sustainable strategies, implemented in a most elegant and beautifully detailed way. The use of natural ventilation and daylighting was particularly innovative. We also appreciated the multiple ways in which local wood was used. Read more …

SABMag launches new web site

SABMag has launched its new web site,, creating a fresh look and easier navigation to see the latest on sustainable building in Canada. Recent blog articles are displayed right up front on the home page for easy access, and the menu bar has been simplified to find quickly information about Continuing Education articles, the Canadian Green Building Awards, the Product Directory, the archive of back issues, and more. The most recent SABMag monthly newsletter is also easily found, along with a convenient sign-up form. The SABMag web site offers a rich resource on high-performance sustainable building in Canada so please visit, and often!

Atlantic 2018 FOCUS publication gives regional look at sustainable building

The 2018 Atlantic FOCUS, published by SABMag with the CaGBC Atlantic Chapter, gives a concise tour of developments in sustainable building through recent noteworthy projects such as a multi-unit residential Passive House retrofit, a sustainably designed winery, New Brunswick’s largest PV installation, to name a few, and programs such as Green Net Zero that are making a difference. Atlantic FOCUS 2018

One York Street tower designed for performance and wellness

Winner of the Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award in the SABMag 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards, the 200,000m2 mixed-use development near the Toronto waterfront is the city’s highest-scoring LEED Core+Shell certified office project to date – achieving Platinum certification at 89 points. Beyond quantitative building performance, One York also focuses on human wellbeing by maximizing access to fresh air, natural light, and allowing personal control of one’s microclimate. Rainwater retention and use of other water conservation measures such as SLOAN flush valves and faucets reduced annual water use by 60%. Continental supplied all of the drywall for the project: Liftlite, Weather Defense, Firecheck and Mold Defense. The Jury said, “We were impressed that this tower incorporated so many innovative sustainable features, whether or not they would achieve credits on a check list. Things like individualized climate controls for office workers, and a public park rather than simply amenity space for building occupants, were notable examples of this approach.”  Read more …

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:  


-Tate Access Floors

-Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc.

-Uponor, and

-Taco Comfort Solutions

Construction Underway in Kelowna on Fully “Green”, First-of-its-Kind Commercial Development in North America

Downtown Kelowna will soon be home to a “green” self-storage facility that will be the first of its kind in North America and one of 16 projects in Canada to participate in the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program. EcoLock Kelowna, a for-profit commercial development by Ulmus Development Ltd. that combines self-storage and a co-workspace facility, will be a five-floor, 112,000 sq. ft. foot building that will generate 105% of its electricity through the use of on-site solar panels. The facility will not be attached to the natural gas grid. The internal building walls will sequester carbon using Canadian-made blocks of waste hemp stock. The building will also collect, filter and reuse rainwater in a 62,000-litre tank, located under the building, for all planting irrigation. 

designed by international architecture and planning firm McLennan Design and its founder Jason F. McLennan. McLennan, a Canadian and recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller prize, is the creator of the Living Building Challenge and is considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today. 

“EcoLock Kelowna is pursuing the most stringent green building standard in the world through the Living Building Challenge,” said Jason F. McLennan of McLennan Design. “Most commercial development has not yet caught up with the trends toward high performance sustainable design, and I believe this project will help lead the way.” EcoLock will combine self-storage with its Werkright co-workspace area that will be a venue for self-employed and local business people who require a creative professional work and meeting area.

Visit The Buildings Show, November 28-30, 2018 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The Buildings Show provides an unforgettable experience as Canada’s largest event for products, services, educational programming and professional networking for the Design, Architecture, Construction, Renovation and Real Estate sectors. Get ready for some big changes in 2018 as World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and STONEX Canada relocate and grow in the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Construct Canada and PM Expo maintain their position and expand in the South Building. The enhanced Show will provide an immersive and unique experience through larger-than-life, dynamic exhibits, thought-provoking educational discussions and innovative product. Experience a new chapter for The Buildings Show from November 28 – 30, 2018.

Menkes’ 30 year- old corporate office tower certified LEED Gold

Menkes’ 4711 Yonge Street, 390,000 sq. ft. office tower in Toronto has achieved LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings under the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). This achievement is especially significant given the building is 30 years old. The Property Management Team reduced energy consumption, raising the Energy Star rating from 55 to 87 over a 10-year period. This accomplishment further positions 4711 Yonge as a leader in sustainable best practices, building on previous certifications including: BOMA BEST Platinum, WireScore, and the second office tower in Canada to achieve Fitwel Certification. LinkedIn: , Instagram:, Twitter:


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 …

CPCI Announces 2018 Roy Willwerth Architectural Recognition Award Winner

CPCI is pleased to announce that Revery Architecture Inc. was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Roy Willwerth Precast Concrete Architectural Recognition Award. Read more about the award here.

Wood from well-managed forests is an excellent choice for any green building products

Products certified to SFI are recognized by many leading green building rating programs around the world like LEED and Green Globes.



October 11th 2018: The annual Green Building Festival, by Sustainable Buildings Canada, CaGBC Toronto Chapter, The Ontario Association of Architects, and the Toronto 2030 District, Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Speakers, networking and continuing education hours. 

November 7-8, 2018: Passive House Canada Conference

November 14-16, 2018: GreenBuild 2018, Chicago, IL

November 28-30, 2018 – Toronto: The Buildings Show 2018