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February e-NEWS

Showcase your project in the 2023 Zero Carbon Building Standard and LEED Buildings-in-Review

Get national visibility for your 2023 Zero Carbon or LEED certified building by participating in the SABMag/CAGBC Special Supplement entitled, A public record of projects certified under ZCB Standards and LEED in 2023. This is a one-time opportunity to showcase your project in the form of a half-page, full-page, or double-page profile. The Supplement will be published in the Spring issue of SABMag, and over the coming months your profile will receive over 35,000 impressions with professionals in the building and property management industries through print, digital, web, e-Newsletter, e-Blast, and social media. And, all of this at special prices to deliver excellent value. Contact

Building Nx Retrofit: A first for Passive House EnerPHit certification

By: Holly Jordan, B+H Architects

Building NX was constructed in 1989 as the main library for Humber College. In 2015, the College launched its Integrated Energy master Plan (IEMP) a long-term strategy designed to achieve 50% reductions in energy and water consumption and 30% reduction in carbon emissions across all its campuses by 2034. With major deficiencies in its base building systems and building envelope, including water leakage and air infiltration, a complete retrofit of Building NX was identified as a high priority. The design team identified the strategies necessary to achieve the desired performance goals: replace windows and walls with high-performance assemblies; improve roof insulation; remove and infill skylight to address thermal and water leakage; and much more. In 2022 Building NX became the first institutional project to achieve Passive House EnerPHit certification for existing buildings. Read more …

Time to register for the 2024 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards

Register now for the 2024 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards and we’ll send you the Entry Kit. The winning submissions are heavily publicized, and many of the projects published in SABMag and the regional FOCUS publications are sourced from the Awards. If you entered last year, do so again as a different jury can bring different results.

Deadline to receive your electronic submission is Friday, March 8.


  • Daniel Ling, OAA, AIBC, SAA, AANB, NSAA, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP, Director and Principal, Montgomery Sisam Architects
  • Peter Osborne, Architect, AIBC, AAA, SAA, MAA, OAA, FRAIC, LEED ® AP, Partner, GEC Architecture
  • Sindhu Mahadevan, Studio Lead and Head of R&D at MGA Michael Green Architecture (MGA), Vancouver


Thanks to our Sponsors.

Check out the 2024 SABMag Directory a quick reference of products for high-performance building

SABMag’s 2024 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building has just been launched. Listings are 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:

475 High Performance Building Supply – 475.Supply is a trusted source for building envelope knowledge and materials: Pro Clima airsealing, Gutex wood fiber board insulation, Lamilux skylights, Brink heat recovery ventilation, and more. Plus, download free Smart Enclosure guides today!

Canada Brick – Located in Ontario, Canada Brick manufactures an impressive selection of residential and architectural brick, including modern and traditional colour ranges and several premium finishes. Canada Brick has manufactured brick locally for 70 years and is a smart option to buy Canadian.

Airfoam Industries  – Airfoam Industries is a proud North American manufacturer of high-performance building envelope products. With insulation solutions for residential, commercial, and industrial applications, build your LEED building with Airfoam.

CBC Metals and Processing/ VM Zinc – Muntz Metal, Architectural Bronze, Silicon Bronze, Coppers, Brasses, Aluminum; Stainless Steels: Satin, Hairline & Mirror; Coloured Stainless Sheet: Black, Bronze, Brass & various others. Anodized Aluminum; and CBC EZ Metal (matte finish Stainless for Roofing & Cladding). Technical service available in English et en Français.

The Langley Group/Filterra – The Langley Concrete Group of Companies is the largest independent precast operation in Western Canada. Product lines dedicated to Stormwater Treatment include Oil Interceptors, Stormceptors, Jellyfish Filters, and Filterra.

Wishbone Site Furnishings A recognized leader in the development and manufacture of municipal grade outdoor furniture. Using recycled plastics and metals, Wishbone products speak innovation through design that is aesthetically pleasing and functional.


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 CPCI’s Learn on Demand course on the Putman Family YWCA Total Precast Concrete Passive House Project

The Learn on Demand presentation provides an overview of the Putman Family YWCA Total Precast Concrete Passive House project in Hamilton, Ontario. It is the first mid-rise total precast concrete passive house building in Canada. The presentation covers the Design Process, Challenges and Solutions, and Special Junction details and features a 10-minute Q&A at the end of the presentation. Take the course here.

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage: An Industry Strategy for Limiting Carbon Emissions

By Alfredo Carrato, Cemex Ventures

When it comes to limiting the amount of carbon emissions globally, the construction sector has a substantial role to play. Overall, construction is responsible for more than one-tenth of total carbon emissions around the world, and a large portion of this carbon footprint comes from the manufacturing of building materials such as cement, the second-most consumed material in the world after water. The past decade has seen significant advancements in methodologies for reducing carbon emissions in the cement production process. One of the most promising and rapidly growing methodologies is called Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS), representing a suite of technologies designed to prevent the carbon dioxide that manufacturing processes produce from going into the atmosphere. Read more …

Sponsor the 2024 Canadian Green Building Awards for year-round visibility

As a Sponsor of the 2024 Canadian Green Building Awards, you’ll receive continual visibility throughout the year through SABMag’s print, digital, web, e-News, and social media channels:

500,000 impressions with design and building professionals! See details. 


Entuitive achieves B Corp™ Certification

Toronto-based engineering consulting firm, Entuitive, has achieved its B Corporation (B Corp) Certification, joining a global network of businesses meeting the highest standards for positive social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Corp is achieved by rigorously measuring a company’s entire performance and evaluates how its operations, business model, and profits affect employees, the environment, customers, and the community. Entuitive scored higher than average against B Corp organizations for sector, size, and country.

The CMPX Show is one of North America’s largest trade shows for the Mechanical and Plumbing industry. March 20-22, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.