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Winning projects selected in the 2020 SABMag Canadian Green Building Awards 


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.   

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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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:

  • LiveRoof  the premier pre-vegetated green roof system available across Canada, 
  • Fraser Wood Siding – manufacturer of premium quality prefinished wood siding and shingles from 100% PEFC certified forests,  
  • Nedlaw Living Walls – a patented building subsystem that cleans indoor air, improves occupant health, and increases building performance, and 
  • Radon Environmental – a building and environmental health sciences company reducing public exposure to radon gas. 

Canada Green Building Council launches Zero Carbon Building Standard version 2 to fast-track carbon reductions


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: 

  • Embodied Carbon: Projects must now reduce and offset carbon emissions for the building’s life-cycle including those associated with construction materials. 
  • Refrigerants: Best practices are encouraged to minimize potential leaks of refrigerants.  
  • Energy Efficiency: Promotes more efficient use of clean energy and airtightness requirements. 
  • Innovation: Requires projects to demonstrate two innovative strategies to reduce carbon emissions. 
  • To read the full Standard, or to see the full list of pilot and certified projects, please go to 

Selkirk Regional Health Centre: Design makes access to natural light and the outdoors fundamental to patient health 

  • 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 programsThe 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. 


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.

Full Product Transparency: It’s time to be clear about the facts.



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).

To download the latest precast concrete EPDs, click on the links below:
For information on Underground Precast Concrete Products EPDs, click 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:

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute releases white paper on embodied carbon

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.

Reflections on the Missing Middle 

By Shirley ShenHaeccity 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.