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Nine winning projects were selected on March 13 in the 13th annual Canadian Green Building Awards, and they represent some of the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada – from large commercial/industrial down to single-family homes. A program of Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag], the Awards also includes a category for Existing Building Upgrades.
The winning projects will be announced and described in an upcoming issue of SABMag, and at an Awards presentation event just prior to the CaGBC National Conference ‘Building Lasting Change’. Date to be announced.
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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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:
The just released version to of the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard 2 is designed to accelerate adoption of zero carbon building practices. The Standard works for any type of new or existing building. Version 2 draws on learnings from over 20 real-world ZCB-projects to provide more options for different design strategies and to show that zero carbon buildings are technically and financially viable. Key revisions in the ZCB Standard v2 include:
The two-storey, state-of-the-art, LEED Gold Selkirk Regional Health Centre is a 184,000 square foot regional healthcare hub, offering everything from a birthing centre, dialysis, surgery, cancer care, MRI diagnostics and outpatient programs. The constant volume air delivery systems comply with CSA Z317.2 ventilation standard for healthcare facilities. Fresh air rates outlined in the CSA standard ensures indoor air quality to enhance patient recovery and the wellness of occupants. Most regularly occupied spaces are located on the perimeter of the building allowing access to daylight and views. Read more.
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.
These NEW EPDs allow architects, engineers, building owners, and other specifiers to better understand the environmental impacts of precast and prestressed concrete products. The industry wide EPDs, jointly released by the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), are issued within clearly defined product groups based on the precast concrete Product Category Rules (PCR).
The EPDs were independently prepared by Athena Sustainable Materials Institute in accordance with ISO 14025 and ISO 21930; the Product Category Rules for Preparing an Environmental Product Declaration for Precast Concrete (UN CPC 3755). They were also independently verified by ASTM International (in accordance with ISO 14025) and by Industrial Ecology Consultants (in accordance with ISO 14025 and the Product Category Rules).
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: https://sabmagazine.com/case-studies/
The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, the non-profit research collaborative bringing life cycle assessment (LCA) to the construction sector, has released its white paper on embodied carbon. Embodied carbon policy needs an extensive support system of LCA technical resources. Some of this already exists, like the popular and free Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings software tool. However, as demand on LCA increases, so does the need for more advanced resources. Embodied carbon is one of the most important issues facing sustainable building, and our assessment of current LCA infrastructure shows that much more needs to be done. Download the paper here.
By Shirley Shen, Haeccity Studio Architecture
The term ‘Missing Middle’ is now in common use in major cities across the country in discussions around densification, housing choice and affordability. It is defined as, “a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types, compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living.”
The Urbanarium Design Competition
In 2018, the Urbanarium design competition in 2018 sought to develop and present options for addressing Metro Vancouver’s affordability and social health challenges in four study areas. Each study area was around four blocks in size and competitors selected one-or two single-family lots to design to address affordability, sociability and design excellence. Read more.