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See the winning projects in the Awards issue of SABMag 

The ten winning projects of the 14th annual SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards are fully displayed in the SABMag Summer issue. The ten winners are characterized by their holistic approach to sustainable design, often embracing the ambitions of multiple third-party programs, such as: Passive House; the WELL Building Standard; Net Zero Energy; Net Zero Carbon and the Living Building Challenge. The Technical Award given this year recognizes a retrofit solution that improves occupant wellbeing.  

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Latest BC FOCUS … highlights regional projects and programs

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 Gold 180 Queen Street West building in Toronto by GWL Realty Advisors 

The LEED Gold 49 Quarry Park and 37 Quarry Park in Calgary by BentallGreenOak. 

The LEED Gold Espace Montmorency building in Laval by Montoni 

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:

Pollard Windows & Doors – Pollard has been producing quality windows and doors for over 70 years. We design, develop and manufacture using our own R&D facility and 300,000+ sq ft state-of-the-art plant. We provide ENERGY STAR® products that are specified in many Net Zero and LEED® certified homes. 

Dulux – Dulux Paints operates the largest network of company-owned paint stores across Canada. Our highly experienced team of account representatives provides specification and on-site support and we have the scale to deliver outstanding services to help you meet any of your design challenges.

Forbo Flooring – Creating better environments… this statement reflects the mission and values of Forbo Flooring. From the indoor environment to the natural environment, Forbo’s products and services combine design and functionality in world-class flooring solutions. 

Masonite Architectural  – Architectural Door Solutions, Impactful Experiences, Truly Custom looks.

Vancouver Fire Hall No. 5 & YWCA Housing 

LEED Gold project  combines emergency services and housing 

By Kimberly Johnston, Johnston Davidson Architecture 

Aiming for LEED Gold, the design combines key concepts of sustainable architecture with the specific programmatic needs of the fire service, while also providing four storeys of two- and three-bedroom homes for women-led families. Architecturally combining two extremely different user groups on a small site and providing each with their own identity was one of the largest challenges that faced the design team. 

Tech-Crete Processors Ltd. supplied its composite insulating panels to the project consisting of STYROFOAM™ brand foam insulation with a factory- applied, latex-modified concrete coating.  Read the article.  


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 new Learn on Demand course: Integrated Ventilation Solutions Significantly Improve Air Quality and Reduce Airborne Disease Transmission.

Integrating TermoBuild Technology with the building envelope, precast concrete floors and HVAC system combines four systems into one: heating, cooling, fresh air ventilation, and thermal energy storage. In addition to elevated efficiency, integrated ventilation design reduces the risk of the spread of infectious diseases by significantly curtailing the recirculation of stale air within the building. This session will substantiate the value of integrated ventilation design as a simplified design alternative to other more complex and expensive energy conservation measures. Learn about the applications and components of an integrated ventilation “Smart Floor Kit”. Discover how to position precast concrete hollowcore slabs as a smart, sustainable building material for new construction and retrofits for low-energy or zero net energy intelligent buildings.  Take the course here.

UBCO Commons BuildingLEED Gold project rejuvenates campus 

By Ben Feldman, Moriyama & Teshima Architects.  

The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus (UBCO) Commons project in Kelowna fulfills a critical student need for a multipurpose, technologically-enhanced, learning and research facility. Some energy conservation measures include: a six-pipe water source heat pump to provide heat recovery during simultaneous heating and cooling, high-performance glazing and building insulation, a radiant slab heating and cooling system, and a fully electric building. These and other measures have resulted in an energy intensity is 110.6 kwh/m2. Read the article.

BASF Canada and Bullfrog Power launch documentary on Circular Economy  

  • BASF Canada and Bullfrog Power have partnered to produce ‘The Afterlife of Waste’, a documentary which looks at the current challenges of plastic waste management in Canada, and positions the circular economy concept as one of the solutions.

    “Transitioning from a linear ‘take – make – waste’ approach to a circular approach that uses waste as an input to produce new products is central in policy, industry and societal discussions in recent years,” said Amy Sandhu, Head of Sustainability and Government Relations at BASF Canada. “As ‘The Afterlife of Waste’ shows, energy can also be an output, allowing us to extract energy resources from the waste that currently ends up in landfills or ecosystems,” said Suha Jethalal, General Manager at Bullfrog Power. “The Afterlife of Waste” will be officially launched in Fall 2021. To learn more about this documentary visit