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Register now to receive your Entry Kit for the 2021 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards. With nine submission categories, the Awards is a great opportunity to have your work recognized and published in SABMag, and on the SABMag web site and newsletter. Eligible projects must have been substantially completed between January 1, 2018 and February 28, 2021. If you entered a project last year, enter it again. A different jury can bring different results. An entry fee applies only when you make your submission. All submitted projects are considered for publishing in SABMag and in the CaGBC FOCUS publications. Deadline for submissions March 5, 2021.

Our esteemed jury for 2021 consists of: 

  • Ewa Bieniecka, OAQ, PP-FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Decasult 
  • Sean Ruthen, AIBC, FRAIC, Senior Project Architect, James KM Cheng Architects
  • Drew Adams, BES, MArch, OAA, MRAIC, Associate, LGA Architectural Partners

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SABMag Winter 2021: Double envelope façade on heritage building and more …

See our latest issue for its building profiles, technical content, and opinions: the heritage Wilder Building uses a double-envelope façade wrapped around the existing building for improved energy performance; the new Green Gables Visitor Centre which is pursuing LEED Gold certification in modern timber construction; the UBC Okanagan Skeena Student Residence with its highly detailed envelope; the Termobuild system which uses precast concrete hollowcore slabs for heating and cooling; the Viewpoint article which offers a strategic approach to the Building Back Better Covid recovery program; and our annual Directory of Products and Services for High-Performance Building. Check it out.

Sponsor the 2021 Canadian Green Building Awards for year-long benefits 

Sponsorships are now open for the 2021 Canadian Green Building Awards, a national program offered by SABMag. Awards sponsors receive year-long visibility and direct participation in the Awards presentation event, with a return in benefits of more than double sponsor investment. See details here.

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

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

ACO Systems – Our intelligent system solutions protect people from water, and water from people. Every ACO product handles runoff ecologically and economically for reuse in a viable way. 

Molok Deep Collection System  The award-winning semi-underground waste containment system uses space-saving, efficient and odour-free containers. Twenty years in North America.

Roth North America – Multi-layer cisterns, rainwater harvesting tanks, and more, of superior quality construction. Low profile, 100% watertight, and Lifetime corrosion protection. 

Wishbone Site Furnishings – A recognized leader in the development and manufacture of municipal grade outdoor furniture using recycled plastics and metals. 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 the Meet the Precast Concrete Experts Session on Learn on Demand

Get answers to your toughest precast concrete challenges from industry experts via this recorded session designed for the AEC community. During this session, four of the industry’s top consultants on precast concrete provide answers related to engineering design, materials, building envelopes and precast concrete systems.View the session here. 


Entries open for the 2021 Margolese National Design for Living Prize 

UBC’s School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture (SALA) is welcoming nominations for the Margolese National Design for Living Prize — a $50,000 award honouring a Canadian citizen who is enhancing the built environment through design. 

Qualified Margolese Prize candidates must be Canadian citizens of any age and profession including architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, designers, and practitioners in allied fields. The deadline to submit a nomination is March 26, 2021.  

Rammed earth construction  and NB’s first LEED v4 project 

The recent issues of the CaGBC Chapter FOCUS publications for the GTA and Atlantic regions, published by SABMag, contain articles about buildings important to their locales: 

The Oxford County Net Zero Waste Management Centre, using rammed earth construction and a Tempeff ERVteaches public about energy conservation and  materials recycling. Toronto FOCUS article.

The King Street Elementary School in Miramichi is the first LEED v4 certified project in New Brunswick. A biomass boiler with efficient Daikin ( )  air handling units cut energy use by nearly 20%. A coloured glass feature brings light to the central stair. Resilient flooring base by TarkettAtlantic FOCUS article.


Passive House Canada | Maison Passive Canada launches Technical Services Department  

Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada (PHC) has hired Chris Petit, a Passive House Institute Certifier, as the Technical Services Lead of its new Technical Services Department. Based in Toronto, he will provide technical services for both PHC membership and the broader Passive House communitypolicy development for PHC’s government and industry advocacy efforts, guidance for component designers wanting to manufacture to PHI standards, and he’ll build closer ties to the North American PHI Certifiers community.  

The Fall Winter Issue of Imagineering Magazine is Now Available!  

The Fall Winter issue of Imagineering Magazine showcases many successful precast concrete projects. Some of these include: The Spot at East Village, in Manitoba, an 18-storey mixed-use total precast concrete apartment building, a Walmart Store in Ontario with exterior insulated wall cladding that simulated brick, and the Trent Durham Residence and Academic Building in Ontario with its varying architectural features. The article on the Highway 427 Expansion in Ontario shows how precast consistently overcame obstacles along the way; rivers, creeks, ravines, railways, and other roadways. View the latest issue of Imagineering Magazine here.