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Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation takes the Institutional Award

The net-zero energy Barrett Centre is a first for Humber College and is targetting LEED Platinum certification. The facility sets a precedent for innovation in automated manufacturing and human-centred solutions, omitting classrooms entirely. The design team used dynamic multi-parametric modelling software to adjust various envelope parameters including R-value, infiltration rates, and solar heat gain co-efficient for glazing to find the most efficient and cost-effective combination of elements. Around the building exterior the ACO KlassikDrain  handles stormwater collection in the form of an aesthetically pleasing linear trench drains. CBC Specialty Metals supplied through Bothwell-Accurate Co. Inc the VM Zinc Anthra Strat Interlocking Panels. Adair natural limestone by Arriscraft is used around the base of the building. Lochinvar by Aqua-Tech supplied two Crest Condensing Boilers for space heating and domestic hot water, and a hot water generator for indirect domestic hot water demand. 

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The Exchange TowerPreservation and environmental enhancements drive design 

The latest issue of BC FOCUS, a joint publishing project of the CaGBC and SABMag, covers projects in BC such as the heritage preservation and addition of the Exchange Tower, the combination Vancouver Fire Hall No. 5 & YWCA Housing, and the UBCO Commons Building. Other articles cover investing in the BC building sector workforce, and unlocking the potential of retrofits. See the digital version at here.


Wood100® DLT from International Timberframes

We engineer, manufacture and install Wood100® DLT, a 100% wood, no glue DLT. Available as stacked and cross laminated. Architects, engineers and builders are realising the potential of Wood100® DLT as a healthy, sustainable and energy efficient building product. Collaborating with architects on detail solutions across the design process guarantees quality control from start to finish.

LEED Year in Review highlights projects certified in 2020 

The CaGBC and SABMag have teamed up to produce the annual Review to publicise all buildings that received LEED certification in 2020. Certified projects are organized by Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified levels, and there are 12 profiles of selected buildings. These include: 

The LEED Silver Old Grace Housing Cooperative in Winnipeg by Prairie Architects.

The LEED Silver Rosedale Affordable Housing in Calgary by FAAS Architecture and 4 Elements (LEED Provider and Green Rating Services).

2021 SABMag Directory a quick reference of products for high-performance building  

SABMag’s 2021 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building is 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:

Teknion – Dedicated to innovative, sustainable design, Teknion provides a diverse office furnishings portfolio. Long-term corporate responsibility efforts empower us to invest in programs and processes that raise the bar and further sustainability and well-being. 

Acuity Brands – A market-leading industrial technology company, we design, manufacture, and bring to market innovative products and services that make the world more brilliant, productive, and connected including building management systems, lighting, lighting controls, and location-aware applications. 

AquaTech/LochinvarAqua-Tech Sales and Marketing Inc. proudly providing the Canadian marketplace with high efficiency condensing boiler and water heater products manufactured by Lochinvar LLC. 

ELKAYCleaner, Healthier Water. Elkay filtered ezH2O bottle filling stations reduce lead and other harmful particulates, putting cleaner, healthier water within everyone’s reach. We continue to expand our ezH2O bottle filling station offerings. This innovative and award-winning product line upholds our commitment to delivering clean water and sustainable design, and minimizes plastic bottle waste in the environment. 

Blanket of Warmth project earns Technical Award 

The Blanket of Warmth Project began with a chance conversation in which a member of the Star Blanket Cree Nation in Saskatchewan drew attention to his health concerns about the mould in his home, the expense of running a dehumidifier and space heaters, and ultimately the need to replace the silica desiccant bags used presently to reduce condensation in the basement. MacPherson Engineering in Regina devised a hybrid heating system onto 75% of the concrete perimeter basement walls. The heating system adapts forced-air heating to radiant wall heating to address air quality, thermal comfort, and energy use and humidity problems. 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. 

Check out the latest issue of Imagineering Magazine!  

Check out the latest issue of Imagineering Magazine! It features precast concrete projects such as a large Amazon warehouse using insulated precast concrete panels, the West Calgary ring road and bridge system using NU girders, a condo and rental apartment complex using facetted exterior precast concrete panels, and a tower that integrates part of a heritage building and uses numerous types of precast concrete components. See the digital version here.

Passive House Canada’s TOWER RETROFIT SYMPOSIUM - September 22nd & 23rd 

Passive House Canada, in collaboration with the Tower Renewal Partnership, will present its virtual VIRTUAL Tower Retrofit Symposium. Retrofits play a critical part in helping to accelerate the current marketplace transformation for all buildings to reach net zero emissions. Whether you are an architect, building owner, government policy maker, building scientist, financial decision-maker, or property manager, the Tower Retrofit Symposium will help you make critical decisions for deep energy retrofits.

Inline Fiberglass launches PH windows

Toronto-based Inline Fiberglass has launched two Passive House-certified window products to meet the growing demand for domestically produced products certified for Passive House buildings. Inline is a pioneer of high-performance fiberglass-frame windows and doors, and its move to add Passive House windows to its product line seems a natural fit. The new windows are 3000 series fixed and 3000 series operable.   

Owens Corning launches PINK NEXT GEN™ FIBERGLAS®

Owens Corning’s PINK NEXT GEN™ FIBERGLAS® enables up to 23% faster installation and has an advanced fibre technology which creates a tightly woven network of soft, fine fibres to form a super-resilient blanket of insulating micro-pockets. According to Owens Corning, the new insulation offers 99%-safer fire performance with  no chemical fire retardants added, has no formaldehyde added, requires no hazardous chemicals mixed on-site, and is Underwriter Laboratories (UL) GREENGUARD certified for low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Available in several R values and with a texture as soft as cotton, PINK NEXT GEN™ FIBERGLAS® has exceptional product recovery and improved stiffness, allowing it to fill standard cavities completely and staying put.