Two winning housing projects from the 2012 Canadian Green Building Awards squeeze great space from small building footprints. (more…)
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This project takes its inspiration from the natural qualities of its site: celebrating the forest; directing and distributing rainwater; and capturing the sun and the wind. These elements come together in a simple yet poetic expression of bioclimatic design.
2012 SAB Awards Winning Project - Biological Sciences Building University of British Columbia, VancouverThursday, July 26th, 2012
The mandate of the University of British Columbia Renew program is to modernize, rather than replace, out-dated and obsolete buildings. By rehabilitating old structures, substantial reductions in raw materials, energy inputs, and pollutants are achieved – more than any replacement ‘green’ building could accomplish.
The Evergreen Brick Works project transformed an abandoned industrial site in Toronto’s Don Valley into an environmentally-themed community landmark that engages visitors in diverse experiences connected to nature and the city. In collaboration with the non-profit Evergreen, whose national headquarters are located here, a multi-disciplinary team adopted the approach of ‘light touch and loose fit’ to all aspects of the project: site remediation, preservation of 16 heritage buildings, landscaping, water management and programming.
Karis Place is a partnership between More Than A Roof Housing Society, BC Housing, and the City of Vancouver. It provides rental housing as part of the Provincial Homelessness Initiative, which focuses on providing safe, secure and supportive housing in response to the current homelessness crisis in Vancouver.
The conversion of this 19th Century industrial shed to a small, 79m2 footprint single-family home on a laneway in midtown Toronto makes a case for a strategic approach to urban sustainability and revitalization.
Located tight to the property lines on three sides and with an access easement on the fourth, no new windows or openings in the facades were permitted by the building code. This restriction initiated a design strategy that revolved around drawing light, air and views from above, resulting in a house with unique spatial complexity.
2012 SAB Awards Winning Project - Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy ConservationThursday, July 26th, 2012
The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence [COE] at Okanagan College was conceived to meet the urgent need for trades people, site managers and construction workers who are skilled in the practices of sustainable building. It includes classrooms, workshops, administrative offices, commercial offices, gymnasium, fitness centre, computer labs, demonstration lab, cafeteria, study spaces and gathering spaces.
The 65m2 three-season off-grid retreat sits on a 95-acre former tobacco farm in Norfolk County that is undergoing restoration by the owner to tallgrass prairie/black oak savanna, a rare habitat in North America as over 98% has been converted to farmland. The owners’ interest in both design and the conservation of natural areas provided an opportunity to explore a modern approach to sustainability that is rooted in the ecology of the site.