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LEED Canada Buildings-in-review: Highlighting LEED®-certified buildings in 2017

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

MEETING CANADA’S GHG EMISSION REDUCTION TARGETS, ONE BUILDING AT A TIME


Welcome to the eighth edition of the LEED in Canada: Buildings in Review supplement, produced in partnership with SABMag. In this supplement, you will read about some of the most innovative and efficient buildings in Canada. LEED certification provides a critical third-party seal of approval in the marketplace, and ensures that a building has gone through a rigorous process to verify their environmental performance targets.

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Advancing the application of renewable energy in architecture

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

This article outlines a two-tier design approach that can assist architects to achieve their goal of a Net Zero Energy building. The first stage is to reduce the overall operating energy demand of the building; and the second is to replace traditional energy derived from fossil fuels with energy from renewable sources. Recent technological advances are making renewable energy options more attractive, both in terms of output and cost recovery.

By Loghman Azar

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Is B.C.’s Energy Step Code a blueprint for Canada?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Innovative building standard off
to a promising start

In 2017, British Columbia introduced what might be North America’s most innovative beyond-code standard for energy efficiency. The B.C. Energy Step Code is an opt-in regulation that enables local governments to pursue improved levels of performance for new homes and buildings — creating healthier and more comfortable spaces that are more affordable to heat. It’s a promising experiment that could chart a path for the rest of Canada.

By Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Pembina Institute

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Interview with Brian Eberle

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Brian Eberle, Director of Marketing & Sales at EUROSHIELD® Roofing Products in Calgary loves old tires since they are the main ingredient in a line of slate and shake roofing styles that can out-perform the real thing.

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Digging Deep

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Unearthing the Truth About Green Roof Growing Media

The Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory [GRIT Lab] at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, is focused on investigating the environmental performance associated with ‘green’ and ‘clean’ technologies such as green roofs, green walls, and green roof integrated photovoltaic arrays.

By Hadi El-Shayeb, Liat Margolis, and Jennifer Drake (more…)


Interview with Jeff Addison

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Jeff Addison, Managing Director, Kiko Water Systems is riding high after Kiko received the 2017 Green Building Product of the Year Award from the Canada Green Building Council for its Water Systems Cartridges, a nanotechnology that is green and not chemical.


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First Avenue Residence

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

High efficiency, comtemporary style rejuvenate established Montreal neighbourhood

In order to provide durable, long-term architectural solutions that are adapted to their context, our firm, Microclimat, brings together the required design and construction expertise under one roof. Inspired by the design/build process, we believe that expertise in construction enables us to bring a project from its embryonic stage to delivery by ensuring continuity, consistency and cohesion. The First Avenue Residence in Montreal is the result of this integrated process.

By Microclimat and Odile Hénault. (more…)


Humber River Hospital

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

State-of-the-art design centres on better patient care

Humber River Hospital is one of Canada’s largest acute care hospitals, serving a catchment area of over 850,000 in northwest Toronto. The hospital, though long praised for its commitment to patient care, was increasingly constrained by the limitations of its aging physical and technology infrastructure. With an inflexible design, the hospital was unable to fully capitalize on the many recent advances in healthcare delivery proven to improve both operational efficiency and patient outcomes in new facilities.

Jerry J. Jeter, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C (more…)


Steelcase Worklife Showroom

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Walks the sustainability talk

Global furniture manufacturer Steelcase has developed a broad sustainability program with economic, social and environmental targets. A special steering committee provides direction on achieving these targets, which include a commitment to a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas and VOC emissions, water use and waste by the end of 2020. Social sustainability goals include increased corporate volunteerism, philanthropy, and the promotion of employee diversity and inclusion. These goals are supported by the company’s ongoing implementation and development of a wide variety of metrics and policies that include sustainable procurement and end-of-use strategies, a code of conduct for the company’s global suppliers regarding human rights, labour practices, environmental impact and community involvement, and a robust investment in renewable energy.

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UBC Engineering Student Centre

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Compact LEED Gold building celebrates structure

The University of British Columbia Engineering Student Centre [ESC] is a home away from home for the students, a place to meet, collaborate, and build a community. The vision was to create an iconic building that celebrates the science and art of engineering, while providing an inviting place for groups from two persons to 400 to socialize and study.

By Shelley Craig and Nicole Jahraus (more…)