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Visit the SABMag Booth #1646 at The Buildings Show 
Dec 1-3, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 
Details here. 

Check out our big Fall release of the SABMag Passive House issue and three regional publications

The annual SABMag Passive House issue presents five recent Passive House projects: a church/community centre, an office/restaurant, a single-family home, and two multi-unit residential buildings, in which the design decisions and techniques are described to achieve Passive House certification. Other articles include the benefits of biophilic design, and innovations in converting waste energy into electricity. See it here.

The three regional publications: Ontario FOCUS, BC FOCUS, and Atlantic FOCUS, joint publishing projects of SABMag and the CaGBC, cover building projects and other subjects related to their areas, such as the Helio Building in London, the RCMP Forensics Lab in Surrey, and the Nova Centre in Halifax. See them here: Ontario FOCUS, BC FOCUS, Atlantic FOCUS

Register now for the 2022 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards 

And we’ll send you the Entry Kit as soon as it is available. The winning submissions are heavily publicized, and many of the projects published in SABMag and the regional FOCUS publications are sourced from the Awards. 


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.

UBC Okanagan Skeena Residence earnResidential (Large) Award

The new Passive House-certified residence, which received the Residential (Large) Award in the 2021 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards, accommodates 220 students within five floors of light wood frame construction above a concrete ground floor. The Passive House goal of minimal energy use for heating and cooling informed many design choices of Public Architecture + Communication. For maximum airtightness and the elimination of thermal bridging, a simple and efficient rectilinear volume performs best. The simpler the building, the more important material choices and detailing become, such as bringing the fibre cement panels forward of the metal cladding to provide articulation without adding complexity. Detailing of the mechanical systems to meet Passive House requirements meant collaboration between disciplines. Read more.

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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:

Viessmann Control Solutions  – Turn key solution for energy management with Tridium Niagara Building Management SystemGenerate: Natural Gas, Oil Boilers/ Heat Pump/ Solar Thermal/ Biomass/ ChillerControl: DHW/ Mixing Zone (Outdoor Reset)/ Air Handling/ Snow Melt Control/ Humidification/ Pool, SpaIntegrate: BacnetLonworks/ Modbus/ 0-10V/ 4-20mA.

Efficiency Nova Scotia –  Did you know installing energy efficient upgrades can make your commercial space more  comfortable for tenants while saving on your bottom line? From new builds, building retrofits, optimizing controls and everything in between, we can safely help with incentives,  financing, and expert advice. 

FABRIQ Architecture  – A Montrealbased firm that delivers innovative and sustainable design solutions for clients in the public and private sectors. Currently have eight major LEED projects certified or underway. 

The Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program  – An independent entity established by the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association (CCPPA), qualifies precast concrete manufacturers who fabricate structural, architectural and specialty precast concrete products, including concrete pipe and underground utility and drainage products. The program validates capabilities of superior quality assurance for owners, agencies, specifiers, and producers. 


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.

RAIC releases Awards video 

Check out the promotional video for the forthcoming RAIC International Prize for 2022. Deadline for submissions on December 3, 2021.

Case study: LiveRoof Ontario vegetated roof delivers long-term performance at Metrolinx Kipling Transit Hub 

Supplied by LiveRoof Ontario, the vegetated roof on the Kipling Bus Terminal in Toronto covers over 75% of the station roof area, and allows up to 150mm of rainfall to be retained on the roof top through the use of RoofBlue Risers and controlled flow drains as part of the roof system. The vegetated roof also provides habitat for insects and pollinators as well as the birds that feed on them. Read the one-page case study. 

Dow plans to introduce carbon-neutral silicones in building façades

In 2022 Dow will launch the world’s first commercially available carbon-neutrality program for silicone materials used for structural glazing, insulating glass, and weathersealing. This carbon offset program, whose theme is “Designing with more freedom by engineering less impact”, can help to decrease the environmental impact of buildings and achieve better green building certification ratings. “The commercial introduction of our carbon-neutrality program for DOWSIL™ Silicones for building facades represents a true evolution in silicone carbon-neutrality,” said Markus Plettau, Dow’s global segment leader for building facades. Backed with PAS 2060 certification, internationally recognized for organizational carbon-neutrality, Dow’s carbon-neutral silicones will be able to contribute to additional international green building certification points. Each product will have an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).