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REGISTER NOW for the 2020 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards

Register now to receive your Entry Kit for the 2020 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, 2017 and February 29, 2020. 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. Electronic submissions accepted. All submitted projects are considered for publishing in SABMag and in the CaGBC FOCUS publications. Deadline for submissions March 6, 2020.

Our esteemed jury for 2020 consists of:

  • Shelley Craig, Principal, B.E.S, A.A.DIPL, MAIBC, FRAIC. Urban Arts Architecture and Urban Design,
  • Alan Murphy, Principal, BES, B.Arch., MRAIC, LEED® AP BD+C, WELL AP. Green Reason, and
  • Claude Bourbeau, Senior Partner, OAQ, OAA, MIRAC, LEED AP. Provencher_Roy  

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.

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Sponsor the 2020 Canadian Green Building Awards for year-long benefits

Sponsorships are now open for the 2020 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. Contact Don Griffith at 613-421-7588;

Winter 2020 SABMag packed with building examples, the 2020 Product Directory, and affordable housing in the city

The Winter 2020 issue of SABMag has articles on an aquatic centre, an office building, a hospital, and the McEwen Building at York University – all incorporating aspects of high performance. The ‘Reflections on the Missing Middle’ offers fresh ideas on affordable housing in the city.

The issue is anchored by the 2020 Canadian Directory of Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building – a great resource to search quickly for many types of products.

Latest SABMag Continuing Education Course covers the design of a 1960s tower transformation to Passive House


The latest SABMag Continuing Education Course certified by Green Business Certification Inc. [GBCI] entitled, “The Ken Soble Tower Transformation”, describes the integrated design of the ground-breaking project rehabilitating a 1967 apartment tower in Hamilton, Ontario to the Passive House EnerPHit retrofit standard – reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 94% and laying the groundwork for the industry-wide repair and renewal of projects which are urgently needed to maintain and improve the performance of thousands of apartments across Canada. Read the article and complete the quiz by Erica Mayer of 475 High Performance Building Supply to receive a 1-hour continuing education unit toward LEED accreditation maintenance. See it here.


Sustainable Forbo Marmoleum Modular tile mimics familiar building materials

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.

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.

One-page Enbridge Gas ‘Savings By Design’ case study highlights 94% GHG cut in Passive House Soble Tower

Further to SABMag’s latest education article noted above, a new one-page case study describes how the design team plans to reduce GHG emissions by 94% in the conversion of the 1967 Ken Soble Tower in Hamilton to a Passive House building. As part of the retrofit, the project team leveraged free technical assistance and financial incentives offered by Enbridge Gas’ Savings by Design program. The case study is found at:

New 2020 SABMag Directory a quick reference of products for high-performance building

SABMag’s new 2020 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, courtesy of our partner Ecospex , and is a quick reference for finding products. Examples of featured listings include:

  • Molok Deep Collection System – a semi-underground waste containment system,
  • Roth North America – cisterns, rainwater harvesting tanks, and more, of superior quality and a premier warranty,
  • Alumicor – architectural aluminum building envelope products which support LEED-rated and other green building projects, and
  • Architek – integrated Living Building systems: green roofs and facades, living walls, and water management

Wellbeing Cities Award open to municipal and regional governments

Cities and regional authorities have until February 5 to apply to the 2020 Wellbeing Cities Award in the following five categories:


  1. Integrating nature and biodiversity,
  2. Planning for better urban health,
  3. Building a vibrant urban economy,
  4. Supporting cohesive communities,
  5. Prioritizing wellbeing

    The Award is offered by the non-profit NewCities which aims to have people’s quality of life and wellbeing at the centre of city policy and planning. Laureates will be announced at the annual Wellbeing Cities Forum on June 16-17, 2020, where they will meet a global network of leaders committed to urban wellbeing. New Cities

Banff Session Conference big on sustainable design: registration open

The biennial Banff Session Conference hosted by the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) May 7-9 has a strong sustainable design theme with Eric Corey Freed, an advocate for sustainable design as one of four keynote speakers, and breakout sessions on “Zero Carbon and High-Performance Building Design Concept in Alberta’s Climate” and “One Planet Living: Using Synergies to Enhance Sustainability.” Register now at Early Bird rates until Feb 7, 2020.