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Passive House Case Study

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Salus Clementine Housing, Ottawa

The Salus Corporation is a Canadian charity that provides housing and support services for clients with mental health needs. The Corporation has more than 100 dwelling units in several buildings in Ottawa. The recently completed Salus Clementine project is a 42-unit residence for people suffering from mental illness.

By Anthony Leaning


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Marine Gateway Development, Vancouver

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

MIXED USE AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: A project that has the density and diversity of use to create a complete community, with unparalleled access to both light rail and bus transportation. The comprehensive approach to sustainability is exemplary, from a highly attractive and animated public realm with a variety of commercial uses, to energy conservation and environmental control measures such as district heat and sophisticated solar shading strategies. (more…)


Lockeport Beach House - Lockeport Beach, NS

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

RESIDENTIAL [Small] AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: This house has a light environmental footprint that derives from the philosophical approach taken by both client and architect. It combines responsible siting and construction strategies with low energy consumption and net zero water use. A simple and elegant building that speaks to a different way of living in harmony with the environment. (more…)


Sir John A. Macdonald Building, Ottawa

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

EXISTING BUILDING
UPGRADE AWARD WINNER

Jury comments:
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this project is how the envelope and building systems upgrades have been so discreetly integrated into the heritage structure. Architecturally, the atrium ties together the old structure with the new addition, while incorporating daylighting and ventilation strategies. A very sensitive, subtle and sustainable retrofit.
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Gare Fluviale de Lévis, QC

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

INSTITUTIONAL [small] AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: An inviting, bright and attractive building that combines economy and elegance with conscientious use of local materials and a sensitivity to its rich natural and historic context. The use of local wood elevates the architectural tone, giving a warm atmosphere to a highly functional building type. The project also leveraged improvements to the surrounding public realm, making it open and accessible to the public. (more…)


Queen Richmond Centre West, Toronto

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL [large] AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: An impressive and innovative example of heritage preservation, adaptive reuse and densification. The lobby is stunning, animating the street and offering the opportunity for a variety of community activities. The project hits all the sustainability buttons, both in terms of exemplary building performance and its contribution to the social, cultural and economic life of the neighbourhood.

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River City Phases 1 & 2, Toronto

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

RESIDENTIAL [Large]
AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: A brownfield project that stands out for its emphasis on a mix of unit types, the quality of its public realm, and its success in promoting shared car and transit use. The provision of individually metered power, heat and water fosters a culture of conservation among residents. The balanced design response to the mandated LEED gold requirement has resulted in a project whose performance is exemplary for its size. (more…)


Eva’s Phoenix, Toronto

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Interior Design
AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: A very sophisticated project done on a very tiny budget. The strong social sustainability agenda was supported by the clever resolution of complex technical problems, most notably day-lighighting, that required negotiation with municipal building authorities. Leaving the central atrium unheated makes it feel more like a regular street, and at the same time minimizes the conditioned area of the building, and maximizes energy savings. (more…)


De Waal Net Zero House, Edmonton

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

TECHNICAL AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: A commendable example of environmentally responsible densification, that is both gentle in its addition of a secondary suite, and transferable in its use of off-the-shelf technology
and local labour. The project achieves its net zero ambitions in a holistic way, exploiting passive solar orientation and creating a highly insulated and airtight building envelope before adding photovoltaic panels for make-up energy. Water conservation and material selection strategies are also commendable.
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Amber Trails Community School, Winnipeg

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Institutional [large] AWARD

Jury comments: This project encourages social interaction and community engagement through the physical organization of its multiple programs. Operating before and after regular school hours increases the efficiency of building use, while energy and water consumption reductions of close to 70% are remarkable. Programs such as the community farm raise awareness around broader aspects of sustainability. A community school in the truest sense. (more…)