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Award-winner the first Zero Carbon Building in Canada

In awarding the project ‘Evolv1’ in Waterloo by Stantec the Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award in the 2019 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards, the jury noted that, “Producing more energy than it consumes on an annual basis; doing so with a zero-carbon footprint and within the economic constraints of the local market, this commercial building sets an important precedent for the Canadian commercial real estate industry.”

The building is targeting LEED platinum certification and has been certified as the first Zero Carbon Building in Canada. The PV array installed by VCT Group on the roof and in the parking lot helps the building to produce 105% of its own energy requirements. Part of the cladding is slat wall panels made of öko skin from Sound Solutions. Passive strategies were used to reduce energy consumption, followed by active strategies and efficient equipment such as Mitsubishi Electric AC units and fan coils. More details here.

Left to right:  Evolv1. Muhammad Kashif (right) of Category Sponsor Mitsubishi Electric Sales of Canada presents the Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award for the Evolv1 Building to Dr. Andrea Frisque of Stantec.

The Duke designed for social interaction

The Residential [Large] Award went to The Duke by Acton Ostry Architects Inc., which the jury described as, “An innovative approach to high density urban living that takes advantage of Vancouver’s relatively mild climate to incorporate a courtyard typology to optimize the use of available site area.” The floor plan for The Duke features a single-loaded corridor with living units pushed to the outer edge of the site to create a central void space. This increases the number of units that can be accommodated on the site by maximizing the overall density within a prescribed 14-storey height limit. The central void is transformed into a soaring, open-air circulation atrium over which a translucent Teflon canopy shields the space from the elements. Thermal batt/acoustic insulation by Owens Corning. More details here.

Left to right: The Duke. On behalf of Category Sponsor Inline Fiberglass, juror Lisa Bate (left) presents the Residential Building [Large] Award for the Duke Apartment Building to Mark Ostry (second left) and Russell Acton (far right) of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. Pete Edgar of building owner Edgar Development Corp. is second right.

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. For further information: dgriffith@sabmagazine.comcarefully and cleverly reconciles the competing challenges of seismic upgrading of the structure, updating of building services and infrastructure and the constraints of heritage conservation,”

Draper controls glare in new House of Commons – By Terry Coffey

The glazed roof of the new temporary home of the Canadian House of Commons had the potential for glaring problems that were avoided by using a custom motorized louver system supplied by Draper, Inc.

Draper was tasked to provide a way to maximize the diffuse daylight in the space without permitting direct sunlight to strike any part of the debating chamber at any time during the day. Given the complex geometry of the roof and the need to block direct sunlight, it wasn’t possible to use an “off the shelf” solution. Draper’s experienced team of engineers, drafting technicians, and project managers overcame three challenges:

  • a drive mechanism that could rotate the louvers 180° to track the sun continuously
  • a louver system to cope with the irregular shaped skylight elements
  • a louver to allow adjustment to run on a number of different slopes

Read the full article hereRead the digital version here, page 45, SABMag 63 issue.

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:


Forbo releases Marmoleum Modular tile collection

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.

Forbo Flooring Systems is the global market leader in commercial floor covering solutions. Marmoleum, our flagship brand, owns a global linoleum market share of over 60%, while Flotex dominates the rapidly growing flocked flooring market with over 90% global market share. In addition to linoleum-based products, Forbo develops, manufactures and markets a diversity of high quality vinyl and textile floor coverings and Coral & Nuway entrance system solutions.

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.

Dartmouth warehouse first industrial building in the country to be certified under CaGBC’s ZCB Standard

East Port Properties has announced that  – part of the Wilkinson Warehouses in Dartmouth, NS – has achieved the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building – Design certification. A part of the initial Zero Carbon Pilot Program, 355 Wilkinson is the first industrial building in the country to be certified under the ZCB Standard—and has the potential for tenants to achieve $0 on their central heating bill. Given the industrial asset class represents over two billion square feet of real estate across 11 Canadian markets, there is a remarkable potential for carbon savings to be had if more property owners follow East Port’s lead. Read the case study here.

The RAIC and Canada Council for the Arts launch 2020 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture


The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts invite architects to participate in the competition for the 2020 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. Awarded every two years, the 12 medals recognize and celebrate outstanding design in recently completed built projects – big or small – by Canadian architects. The Governor General’s Medals in Architecture are among the country’s most prestigious and coveted architectural awards. Submission deadline: December 6, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. ET. Applying is quick and easy with the RAIC’s new online submission platform. RAIC members receive a discount on the entry fee. The call for submissions is open to all architects or team of architects who were the lead design architects. They must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and licensed or registered with a Canadian provincial or territorial jurisdiction. Eligible projects are those that were built in and outside of Canada and completed between January 1, 2012, and September 1, 2019.


September 30, BuildGreen Atlantic 2019, Halifax Convention Centre

October 7 to 9, Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium, Edmonton

October 7 to 11 Ecocity World Summit, Vancouver 2019
The longest-standing biennial international Summit that addresses building cities in balance with nature with over 1,000 delegates from around the world. The theme of the conference is ‘Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities’.

October 8, 14th Green Building Festival, Building in a Changed Climate, Toronto

October 17 to 18 Passive House Canada National Conference, Toronto

October 26 to 30 The 2019 RAIC Festival of Architecture
will be a not-to-be-missed five-day conference in Toronto.

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.