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[1] Canadian Green Building Awards: Award-winning, LEED Platinum school welcomes the community
[2] LEED v4 registration gains a foothold
[3] Kiko Water Systems receives the 2017CaGBC Green Product of the Year

[4] 2017 SABMag Directory adapted to LEED v4
[5] Events

[6] Latest SABMag Continuing Education Course covers Energy Retrofits
[7] Tiny houses move to the next level with digital design and fabrication
[8]News from our partners:


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Canadian Green Building Awards: Award-winning, LEED Platinum school welcomes the community

Located in a new and fast-growing neighbourhood of Winnipeg, the Amber Trails Community School is the first school in Manitoba, and only the second in Canada, to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Completed in 2015, it challenges existing paradigms about school design. The school, which also acts as a community centre and library for the neighbourhood, offers an inclusive environment with a welcoming entrance that encourages families to connect with their new community.

The selection of mechanical systems was based on overall efficiency and comfort and includes: a ground source heat pump for domestic water, hydronic radiant floors and active chilled beams for fresh air and cooling; energy recovery ventilators; and variable speed drive pumps. All systems are fully electric, and have no associated GHG emissions. Other energy savings strategies include CO2, occupancy and daylight sensors; and high-performance triple glazing with fibreglass frames.  Read the full article …

LEED v4 registration gains a foothold

The Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] has announced that the country has  surpassed 100 LEED v4 registrations, representing over 681,000 m2 of building floor area.

LEED v4, the latest version of LEED introduced in October 2017, provides a holistic approach to design, operations and maintenance. It balances energy efficiency with  healthy building design that provides fresh air, access to daylight and views along with non-toxic and comfortable environments for building occupants. This includes water efficiency targets, mandatory thresholds that promote wellbeing in interior spaces, and an expanded focus on materials and waste – particularly the lifecycle performance of green products and materials. In addition, LEED v4 is prioritizing access to alternative modes of transportation and protection of the natural habitat, along with increasing the resilience of buildings to withstand more frequent extreme weather events.

Projects such as Technopôle Angus, which is registered and targeting LEED v4 Platinum certification, are demonstrating this applicability. As a Neighbourhood Development project located in the heart of Montreal, developer Société de développement Angus deployed LEED v4 to simplify and streamline the design process in order to turn what was once a contaminated industrial park into a walkable, car-free, and diverse neighbourhood. The project plan proposes a densely built environment with an affordable residential component and an attractive public space designed to deliver an ecologically autonomous, greened and integrated infrastructure. Green corridors were integrated into the project plan to alleviate rainwater management, but will also mitigate the displacement of biodiversity on the site and act as a catalyst for change in the city.

To date, governments are leading the pack with 28 LEED v4 registrations [10 provincial and 18 municipal], showing an increasing acknowledgement of the effectiveness of LEED and its ability to not only reduce GHG emissions and operational expenditures, but to provide occupants with happier, healthier indoor environments. Other top owner groups for LEED v4 registration include commercial owners [24 registrations] and residential owners [21 registrations]. There are also a diverse mix of building types represented, with office buildings, residential projects, and schools leading the way. This growing diversity of building types demonstrates LEED’s reach and applicability in the changing low-carbon landscape. rreitveld@cagbc.org

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Kiko Water Systems receives the 2017CaGBC Green Product of the Year

Jeff Addison, Managing Director, Kiko Water Systems [left] receiving the CaGBC Green Product of the Year Award, presented by Shyam Ramrekha, Product Manager, UL Environment, the sponsor of the Award.

The CaGBC has awarded Kiko Water Systems the 2017 Green Building Product of the Year Award for its Water Systems Cartridges. As a nanotechnology that is green and not chemical, Kiko Water Systems Cartridges make boilers, chillers, cooling towers, heat exchangers and heat pumps operate more efficiently. Not only are buildings with their technology installed saving an average of over 20% of their HVAC energy consumption, it allows building equipment to not work as hard thus reducing equipment maintenance  and extending lifespan.  Read more ...

2017 SABMag Directory adapted to LEED v4

SABMag's  2017 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building is organized by Product Category and by LEED Category according to the new LEED v4. The Directory also offers a quick view of the structure of LEED v4, courtesy of our partner Ecospex [link], and is a quick reference for finding products. Examples of featured listings include: Interface, Nora Systems, Inc., Shaw Contract  and Tectum Acoustical Roof Deck.

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Sept 27-29, Ottawa
2016 Sustainable Forestry Initiative [SFI] Annual Conference - Forests. A Way of Life

October 5, Toronto
2017 Green Building Festival ‘Form Follows Nature: Building a Net Positive Environment'
Receive a 15% discount! Enter code GBF17PARTNER when you register.

October 30-31, Vancouver     
Net Positive Symposium: An event of the Living Future Institute and Passive House Canada

Latest SABMag Continuing Education Course covers Energy Retrofits

The latest Continuing Education Course from SABMag entitled, ‘Energy Retrofits: Comparing Active and Passive Strategies’, covers the energy retrofit of a 9,100 sq.m 1980s building at Humber College in Toronto. It describes how the client and design team selected retrofit packages from several options, including both building envelope and HVAC system upgrades. SABMag Continuing Education articles are certified by Green Business Certification Inc. [GBCI] so that professionals who read any of the articles and pass the quiz receive a 1-hour learning unit toward maintaining their LEED credential. The latest article, and past articles, can be seen here.

Tiny houses move to the next level with digital design and fabrication

According to ecohome.net, Carleton University Architecture grad student, Ben Hayward, has broken the typical mould of tiny houses, and designed something that takes a big step closer to achieving one of the main goals of the tiny house movement; namely, being 'green'. The wall structure of the 180sf tiny house is a grid-like design of plywood,  insulated with mineral wool, for a minimum performance of R-48.

Read more: http://www.ecohome.net/news/latest/best-tiny-house-ve-seen-far

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News from our partners

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Forbo renews biobased Marmoleum Striato collection


Forbo introduces new, award-winning Marmoleum Solid collection

Forbo’s new Marmoleum Solid collection, aade with natural, renewable ingredients, combines award-winning design with durability and sustainability to create a healthy, pure foundation for today’s interior environments.

The Marmoleum Solid collection includes nature-inspired finishes and the innovative Marmoleum Cocoa collection which was awarded a 2017 iF Product Design Award. By adding cocoa shells to traditional Marmoleum ingredients, Forbo created a surface texture that is both natural looking and contemporary. Marmoleum Cocoa and Slate have each won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award as well.

The Marmoleum Solid collections are 100% biobased, naturally PVC-free and phthalate-free, and feature inherent antimicrobial and antistatic properties that improve indoor air quality and resist bacteria growth without chemical additives
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New guide for energy-efficient building design

The thermal performance of buildings plays an important and increasingly significant role in the energy efficiency requirements contained in Canadian building codes. Understanding and meeting these requirements has also become increasingly complex for building designers.

CPCI’s new guide, Meeting and Exceeding Building Code Thermal Performance Requirements, is a crucial resource for all designers, architects, engineers and building professionals, especially in the early stages of designing a building.

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