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President and CEO of LiteZone Glass Inc. in Nisku, Alberta [www.litezone.ca] has come up with what may be the world’s best-performing insulating glass, an achievement recognized by the Canada Green Building Council which recently awarded the company its 2016 Green Building Product of the Year Award.
JURY COMMENTS: A renovation project that transforms a highly compartmented and energy intensive century old, single-family house into a bright, open and efficient residence. Organized around a central stair that also functions as a light well and ventilation chimney, the house achieves an impressive level of energy performance - close to Passive House standards. With green space provided at every level, the relationship between indoor and outdoor space is apparent everywhere, a remarkable achievement given the constrained site.
JURY COMMENTS: Injecting life into a dead space between two large floor plate industrial buildings, this project achieves the greatest possible benefit to the company’s employees with the minimum possible intervention. Despite the lack of an overt energy strategy, the atrium addresses issues of community, light and air, wellness, material efficiency and building life cycle - all of which are key aspects of sustainability.
As the average person now spends more than 90% of their time indoors, understanding how the built environment protects and supports human health is not only critical, but it presents a major opportunity. This is because healthy indoor environments can reduce toxic exposure, improve ventilation rates, support healthy eating and physical activity, enhance ergonomics, maximize daylighting and biophilic exposure, and allow for both focused group work and recovery time - to name just some of the benefits. Given this, the environments where we live, work, play and learn should enable us to more easily make these healthy choices.
By Whitney Austin Gray, Renée Rietveld and Martha MacInnis
Towards the Sustainable Transformation of Existing Neighbourhoods
Triple Threat or Triple Bottom Line. Environment, Equity, Infrastructure. These are three key challenges standing in the way of reshaping Canada’s aging urban [and suburban] fabric into more livable and resilient districts.
By Wayne Olson
House in a garden designed for economy and healing
Ronald McDonald House Toronto provides a ‘home away from home’ for families with seriously ill children who are receiving care at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children but live outside the Greater Toronto Area. The new House is designed to encourage a sense of normalcy for the children and their families, providing an environment where ‘kids can be kids’ to the fullest extent possible. It is a place of comfort, security and refuge.
By Robert Davies
Form and materials promote ecological responsibility
Located in the St. Vital district of south central Winnipeg, the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre is a building with a clear sense of purpose. In an area with more than its fair share of social challenges, the Centre serves a multicultural community of about 4,000, a mainly aboriginal and immigrant population. Through this building The Salvation Army provides social support, recreational activities, and training programs for families, children, at-risk youth, marginalized groups, newcomers to Canada, and war-affected refugees.
BY RICHARD PRINS