Issue 1 - September | October 2006

bc cancer agency research centre

Landmark research facility achieves Canada’s first LEED Gold rating

The 233,000sf BC Cancer Agency's Research Centre in Vancouver is the first facility of its kind in Canada to achieve a LEED Gold rating accomplished through heat recovery, natural and high-efficiency lighting, material conservation, and waste management, among other measures. » READ MORE

mandell house

A study in densification, natural light and space economy

Urban infill has become an increasingly important tool in counteracting the effects of urban sprawl. It can breathe new life into city centres, attract tax payers to blighted areas and help ameliorate the pressures of sprawl. » READ MORE




acculift office/warehouse 

Modest building reflects philosophy of earth-friendly products

TAccu-Lift™ Flooring Systems in Ottawa sells and installs environmentally-friendly flooring. Its new 8,300sf retail store and warehouse has a bright, open and efficient work environment that showcases the company and its commitment to conservation principles. » READ MORE

interview with peter busby

As both advocate and architect Peter Busby, CM, AIA, FRAIC, MAIBC, MAAA, MOAA, BCID, LEED A.P. has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work in furthering the practice of sustainable design. As Managing Director of Busby Perkins + Will he runs offices in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Seattle as well as consulting to the firm's 21 offices worldwide. » READ MORE


tech note: solar control

Biodesign Institute brings shading solutions inside

Solar control is one of the most critical aspects in the design of green buildings. From a building science perspective, exterior shading systems seem the logical choice as they intercept direct solar radiation before it strikes the building envelope and so effectively control heat gain. » READ MORE

product focus: steel everlasting

Industry positioning steel as essential to sustainable building

With its long history of recycling, the steel industry has engaged in sustainable practices even before there was a conscious movement to do so. Today, the industry is trying to make its products an essential part in the holistic design of buildings that conserve energy, have superior indoor environments, and that can be refurbished or re-erected for use long into the future. » READ MORE