Issue 4 - March | April 2007


LEED Gold rating begins with space efficiency

It is reassuring to those who live in fear of a global architectural monoculture that one of the world's largest firms chooses to build its design philosophy around literary quotations that celebrate the individual and the idiosyncratic.

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quw'utsun smuneem elementary school 

Green design strategies take a simple path

The 1,335 sq. m Quw'utsun Smuneem Elementary School of the Cowichan Tribes represented an opportunity to create an uplifting building of cultural relevance while meeting the educational goals of the community. read more

toronto botanical garden

LEED Silver pavilion furthers mission of environmental stewardship

The Toronto Botanical Garden [TBG] is a charitable organization whose purpose is to inspire passion, respect and understanding of gardening, horticulture, the natural landscape and a healthy environment. read more

tech note: lighting

Sustainability rests on LCA, conservation and design quality

Sustainability can be defined as an attempt to provide the best outcomes for the human and natural environments, both now and into the indefinite future. read more

product focus: windows

The big picture on materials and high performance

Over the last twenty years, ongoing research and development in all aspects of design and performance has transformed the window from a simple product to a sophisticated environmental control system. read more