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You’re invited to the 2019 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards Presentation Event

The winning projects of the 12th annual Canadian Green Building Awards, representing some of the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada, will be announced and described in an audio-visual presentation at the Awards presentation event on May 27, 4:30pm to 6pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, Room 306 – just prior to the CaGBC National Conference ‘Building Lasting Change’ which begins the next day. There is no charge to attend this event but please RSVP to

The nine winning projects represent some of the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada.

Our esteemed jury for 2019 consists of [left to right]

Ron Kato, Principal, Kato Martyn Architects and Program Head & Faculty, Architectural Science Degree, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Lisa Bate, B+H Regional Managing Principal, North America / WorldGBC Chair, and Jonathan Bisson, Partner, bisson | associés




We thank our National Sponsors: Masonite Architectural and the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, and our Category Award Sponsors: Inline Fiberglass and Enbridge Gas Inc., whose support makes the Canadian Green Building Awards possible.

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:

Spring SABMag and CaGBC Toronto FOCUS off the press

The Spring issues of SABMag and the CaGBC Toronto FOCUS are just off the press.

SABMag ( contains the 2018 Review of LEED Buildings certified in 2018, and srticles on the Bank of Canada Renewal, glare control in the new House of Commons, and resilience planning for communities, to name a few.

The CaGBC Toronto Chapter FOCUS ( has the theme of managing and reducing waste from construction and operation of buildings, and an article on the LEED Gold David Braley Health Science Centre, McMaster University in Hamilton.


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.

CPCI – Seminar in Winnipeg – May 7, 2019

Precast Concrete Walls Best Practice Guide, Hanscomb Precast Concrete Product Costing Analysis, and Precast Concrete Wall Thermal Performance Seminar Series

This full-day seminar will review the requirements of precast concrete building enclosures with an emphasis on the elements of design, detailing, construction process, thermal performance and costing analysis required to ensure a high performance precast concrete enclosure system. For more Information and to Register.

Tool for tracking GHGs in Canada’s buildings has “built in” errors

The study, Carbon accounting practices need improvements, may misdirect efforts to reduce emissions

One of the major key findings by International Institute for Sustainable Development is that LCA studies typically do not track the carbon emissions or sequestration of what is known as “biogenic carbon” from the extraction and end-of-life stages of wood building products. Collectively, these emissions can represent up to 70 per cent of a wood product’s total lifecycle emissions., challenging the prevailing assumption that wood construction materials are lower carbon than other construction materials, such as concrete and steel.

Material change towards sustainable construction

6th LafargeHolcim Forum focuses on “Re-materializing Construction”

On April 9 more than 350 leaders from architecture, engineering, planning, and the building and construction industry met in Cairo to accelerate their contributions to creating a more sustainable built environment. The LafargeHolcim Forum “Re-materializing Construction” was hosted by The American University in Cairo (AUC), with delegates from 55 countries. The keynote addresses, workshops and excursions focused on strategies to “re-materialize” construction by reducing consumption throughout the material cycle from extraction to processing, transport, installation, maintenance, and removal – contributing to a leaner industry. The workshops investigated Changing paradigms (materials for a world not yet built); Shifting the flows, pulling the strings (stocks, flows, and their dynamics); From manual to digital and vice versa (digitalization, labour, and construction); and Catch 22 (Material needs versus material impact).

Detailed information about the Forum is available at


Sustainable Energy and Engineering Building Insulated precast concrete façade contributes to energy savings in landmark building

Simon Fraser University’s new, five-storey building is organized around a light-filled central atrium and has a compelling façade composed primarily of framed alternating strips of energy-efficient, undulating precast concrete double wythe insulated panels and reflective glazing. The atrium employs in-floor radiant heating and cooling in the ground floor slab. In this space, where solar gains and glazing heat losses are greatest, this takes advantage of the large thermal mass of the building to achieve optimal thermal comfort during peak design conditions in both heating and cooling periods. Variable air volume (VAV) units, diffusers, registers and grilles were provided by E.H. Price (Price Industries). Split air conditioning units, fan coil units, and chillers were provided by Daikin. The building uses CES light sensors, manufactured by PLC Multipoint, Inc. of Everett, Washington, which measure the amount of daylight in each space so that the building’s Energy Management System can minimize the use of artificial lighting, saving energy and money while creating optimal work environments. Read more.