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Parkdale Landing: Adaptive re-use of derelict building a new asset for social good

By Graham Cubitt and Emma Cubitt

Parkdale Landing in Hamilton, ON is a three-storey, 4,300m2 adaptive reuse project developed and operated by Indwell, a Christian charity that creates affordable housing communities. Although the Passive House approach was new to all members of the project team, led by Invizij Architects, it was embraced by everyone as a valuable learning experience. As an owner/operator, Indwell understood the practical benefits of lower mainten ance and operating costs, while recognizing potential problems associated with the steep learning curve. The Passive House methodology does provide some relaxations when dealing with performance requirements for renovations and adaptive re-use projects, and we took advantage of them. Read the article: Read the full article in digital version.

Winning project Environmental Science Building rooted in sustainable design solutions

Winner of the Institutional [Large] Award in the SABMag 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards, the University of Toronto’s Environmental Science and Chemistry Building at the Scarborough Campus, by Diamond Schmitt Architects, incorporates progressive systems which achieve a significant reduction in energy consumption in a process-energy-driven facility. These include geo-thermal boreholes beneath the building and earth tubes, and a high-performance building envelope including innovative solar shading. The project also features a solar renewable-ready green roof supplied by Tremco. The reduction in energy intensity is 48%, and a 35% reduction in potable water consumption. Water-conserving products supplied by SLOAN and drinking water stations by Elkay. The jury said, “This building has a particularly innovative approach to solar shading, creating a dynamic façade and animating interior spaces. This approach carries through to the other environmental systems which are exposed to view, not simply to celebrate the technology, but to monitor performance, facilitate research and identify potential improvements.” Read the article: Read the full article in digital version.

Our thanks to our 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards National Sponsors: Masonite Architectural and the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute. And to our Category Award Sponsors: INLINE Fiberglass and Enbridge.  

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CaGBC British Columbia FOCUS gives regional look at sustainable building

The Fall, 2018 British Columbia FOCUS magazine, published by SABMag with the CaGBC BC Chapter, covers leading-edge high-performance buildings such as the award-winning Langara College Science & Technology Building and the Cambie Fire Hall No. 3, the new ZEBx Centre, the BC Energy Step Code, and changes coming to LEED: O+M. See the digital version here. If you live in BC and would like to receive a mailed copy, please reply to

The Buildings Show

November 28-30, 2018 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada.

The Buildings Show provides an unforgettable experience as Canada’s largest event for products, services, educational programming and professional networking for the Design, Architecture, Construction, Renovation and Real Estate sectors. Get ready for some big changes in 2018 as World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and STONEX Canada relocate and grow in the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Construct Canada and PM Expo maintain their position and expand in the South Building. Visit SABMag and the Canadian Green Building Awards booth #655, South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at The Buildings Show November 28 to 30. Use promo code: TBS18GUEST to access complimentary registration.

2018 SABMag Directory lists products for LEED v4 construction


SABMag’s  2018 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:



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Harnessing the Power of Existing and Historic Buildings for the Low-Carbon Retrofit Economy

By Mark Thompson Brandt

The architectural and engineering professions, and essentially the entire industry, will need to re-define itself over the next five to 10 years to accommodate a dramatic move towards what has become known as “The Retrofit Economy” and “The Low-Carbon Economy”. In order to achieve this evolution at an adequate rate, we need new ways of thinking, new tools and new attitudes about what constitutes “cool”. One of these ways of thinking is the realization of the connections between natural and cultural conservation. Read more: Read the full article in digital version.

Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) launches in Vancouver

By Jessica Williams

Launched in July 2018, the Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) is a centre of excellence that will increase knowledge, capacity and passion for cost-effective, attractive, low energy residential and commercial buildings. Formed by a passionate team of industry leaders, ZEBx is committed to the rapid implementation of zero emission buildings through engaging programming that connects industry to solutions via strategic partnerships, knowledge exchange, product demonstrations, project tours and a curated resource library. ZEBx is also home to one of Canada’s first building innovation clusters, where early adopters co-locate to collectively advance their high-performance projects through daily, open-source collaboration. Read the article:

CaGBC Toronto Chapter recognizes Diamond Schmitt and RWDI for “ecoMetrics”

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects and RWDI have received the Green Building Pioneer Award from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) of Greater Toronto for their groundbreaking innovation called “ecoMetrics”. ecoMetrics is a live interactive database of over 10,000 points which are captured in user-friendly graphics in a series of customized templates for energy use, carbon emissions, code and benchmarking systems over a range of building types. “ecoMetrics allows for confident communication with clients and consultants and points the way to achieving low-energy building design,” said Birgit Siber, principal with the design firm.,


Forbo renews biobased Marmoleum Striato collection

Forbo Flooring Systems’ renewed Marmoleum Striato collection presents exciting linear floor designs in a complete palette of colours, and eight beautiful, embossed Textura designs. The organic Flow and Driftwood patterns of Textura add tactility and movement to the floor. Marmoleum Striato coordinates beautifully with the other collections of Marmoleum sheet and tile, providing natural, healthy, and durable flooring solutions for healthcare, education, government, corporate and retail facilities.

Made from natural, renewable ingredients, Marmoleum Striato is 100% biobased, and features inherent antimicrobial and antistatic properties that improve indoor air quality and resist bacteria growth without chemical additives. Marmoleum Striato’s sustainable, water-based Topshield 2 finish provides occupancy-ready installation and exceptional performance against soiling, staining, scratching and scuffing. While non-renewable floor coverings may be permanently damaged, Marmoleum floor can easily and cost-effectively be renewed, and has a service life of of 30 years.

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.

CPCI Recognizes Excellence in the AEC and Canadian Precast Concrete Industries

CPCI is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017-2018 CPCI Annual Awards for industry partners and for CPCI members. The awards recognize professionals in the fields of engineering, architecture and real estate development for their outstanding contribution to the Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry in education, innovation, sustainability and change; for positive leadership, industry-altering development and expansion; and for accelerating the growth of the Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry. Read more …

Wood from well-managed forests is an excellent choice for any green building products

Wood from well-managed forests is an excellent choice for any green building products. Products certified to SFI are recognized by many leading green building rating programs around the world like LEED and Green Globe.


– The Buildings Show 2018: November 28-30, 2018 – Toronto, ON