Posts Tagged ‘daylighting’

Crosstown Elementary School

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Design for better learning and community use in Vancouver’s downtown core

Crosstown Elementary School is the first urban school built in Vancouver’s downtown core in a decade, rapid densification has brought a sharp increase in the number of one- and two-child families choosing to live in centrally located towers, rather than move to the suburbs.

By Alvin Martin


Farnham Avenue House

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Old ideas and new technologies merge in eco-friendly Toronto infill

Farnham Avenue House is a single-family detached residential infill project. Some of the eco-friendly design aspects are time honoured such as, vertical ventilation and natural daylight shafts, dynamic cross ventilation, passive solar shading, and super insulation. Other features have been around for a long time, but are not that common on a confined city lot, such as geothermal heating and cooling. There are major elements that are reclaimed such as the exterior brick and structural timbers. Numerous locally sourced materials are incorporated. And some components are cutting edge technology, such as the bifacial solar panels tied into the Ontario government’s FIT [Feed-in Tariff] program. This house is a merging of old and new eco friendly architectural technologies.

By Kyle England


2014 AWARD-WINNING PROJECT: Goldcorp Mining Innovation Suite - Lassonde Mining Building, Toronto

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The future of city building will require a great deal of attention to be paid to adaptive reuse. This project, which combines a strong sustainable agenda with a beautiful architectural narrative, sets an important precedent. The expression of the passive ventilation system makes a sculptural addition to the historic structure, while inside, students have the opportunity to track real time energy performance on a digital dashboard.


James Bartleman Archives & Library Materials Centre

Monday, March 24th, 2014

On the edge of Tallwood Forest at the intersection of two arterial roads, the James Bartleman Centre creates a public courtyard linking to a future transit station. The new building houses two separate and complementary functions: a new home for the City  of Ottawa’s archival collection and a new location for the Ottawa Public Library’s Technical Services
and Materials Management department.

By Steve Clifford


Maison du Developpement Durable

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

First building in Quebec to achieve LEED® Platinum NC status, the Maison du développement durable [MDD], is located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles [Montreal’s Entertainment District]: a lively area with a rich architectural tradition. The project had to deal with the challenges inherent in a downtown site, such as contaminated soil and restricted access, together with the challenges of LEED Platinum construction.

Authored by the design team at Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes, Montreal.


2012 SAB Awards Winning Project - Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation

Thursday, 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.


Mount Pleasant Centre

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Combo of apartments, library, community centre aims for LEED Gold

The Mount Pleasant Centre sets a precedent, being the first truly multi-service community centre in Vancouver. The integrated program came about through the choice of site. Reviewing its options for the replacement of an aging community centre on the south edge of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the Vancouver Park Board began to look for a more central location.

By Jim Taggart


Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Public building makes a statement with energy and water savings

by Jim Taggart

The 1,600 sq.m office and conservation centre has cut the need for potable water by 70%, and passive heating, high-efficiency boilers, and heat recovery ventilators have reduced energy use by 42%. The building has become a destination to learn about LEED construction, and best practices in water conservation and on-site septic treatment.


Thomas L. Wells Public School

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

First green school points to the future

The library is accessible directly from the main entrance of the school. the double height space receives ample daylight from the adjacent courtyard and is animated by sloping structural elements and a suspended resource room.

by Barry Sampson

The first of a new generation of high performance ‘green schools’ by the Toronto District School Board, Thomas L. Wells is intended to serve as a model demonstrating sustainable design principles and an enhanced learning environment.
With the conviction that architecture can play an instrumental role in the education of children, the school is designed as a terrain for engagement with learning, society and the environment. (more…)

Allsteel Showroom

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Historic Green Building - Interior fit-up treads lightly on historic space

The Toronto Allsteel showroom was designed according to the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] LEED® for Commercial Interiors Rating System [Silver level]. Low VOC paint, carpet tile and millwork were used
by Erika Mayer

Ask most sustainability professionals and they’ll tell you that the greenest building is the one that you don’t build. But the reality is that we need places to live, work and play and the availability of commercial space, in particular, is limited, especially in urban centres. (more…)