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Gare Fluviale de Lévis, QC

Thursday, June 1st, 2017


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…)

Bella Bella multi-unit

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Modular Passive House construction a pioneering effort

Bella Bella is a small community located on Campbell Island between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Approximately 90% of its 1,500 residents belong to the Heiltsuk First Nation.

By Peter Treuheit


2016 - National Winner - SKYGARDEN HOUSE - Toronto, On

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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.


Continuing Education: Environmental building declarations

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

An introduction to environmental building declarations

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute recently began publishing a new kind of document, something we call Environmental Building Declarations [EBDs]. An EBD is a summary report of comprehensive environmental footprint data for a building and declares the life cycle impacts of a building according to a standardized format. It is a statement of performance and is typically publicly disclosed, like a nutrition label on a food package. The intent of the document is to present results as transparently and concisely as possible.

By Jennifer O’Connor and Matt Bowick, Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (more…)

Architecture Canada | RAIC Report

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Politics and Architecture

The federal government is proceeding with plans to erect a National Memorial to the Victims of Communism in the judicial precinct beside Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Whatever one might think about the need for such a commemoration in the nation’s capital, the choice of site is regrettable.

By Allan Teramura


CEU Article - Advancing Sustainable Design with Life Cycle Assessment

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Advancing Sustainable Design with Life Cycle Assessment

By Jennifer O’Connor and Matt Bowick


SABHOMES ISSUE 3 | Lucerne House

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Renovated 50s home takes low-tech green approach

by James Paul

This developer-built bungalow – an ersatz version of the classic West Coast post and beam style house – dates from 1958. Typically a house of this age and in this condition would be torn down for redevelopment. Instead, the house has been renovated and extended, and now acknowledges its true heritage while retaining economy of the developer’s original construction materials and methods..


Greening the high-rise office

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Pointers from a front-line practitioner

Throughout Canada, as in the rest of the developed world, employers are confronting the looming demographic crisis — the retirement of vast numbers of baby boomers from the workforce — and projected acute shortage of younger skilled workers to replace them. The competition to attract and retain these workers has begun in earnest, and there is a growing consensus in the marketplace that offering a high quality work environment is an essential key to success. The result is a revolution in commercial office building design, the first since the 1960s.

By Dermot Sweeny


Living roof Case Study

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Vancouver Convention Centre | Simple outward appearance belies underlying complexity of Canada’s largest green roof

The Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project [VCCEP] which opened in April 2009 occupies a prominent site on the city’s Coal Harbour waterfront, with sweeping views west to Stanley Park and north and east to the Coast Mountains. Designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects, in conjunction with Vancouver’s Musson Cattel Mackey Partnership and DA Architects & Planners, the 100 000sq.m [1.1 million sf] facility was conceived as a model of sustainable design for large-scale civic buildings.


By Bruce Hemstock


SAB HOMES 2 | LEED Canada for Homes

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The Builder’s Perspective… and what the homeowner should know about
the new green home rating system

Andrew Oding and Chris Higgins

In Issue 1 of SABHomes, we provided an overview of the new LEED Canada for Homes rating system for single family homes and multifamily homes up to three stories. In this article we will describe what builders and homeowners can expect when embarking on a LEED Canada for Homes project.