Posts Tagged ‘high performance building envelope’

Aspen Root Passive House

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Highest energy hurdle met with superior envelope and quality materials

The Aspen Root Passive Home is the culmination of a 25-year journey for the owners who both work in the environmental industry and are committed to reducing their own ecological footprint. The home is a prototype sustainable building incorporating passive design principles, and best-practices in cold climate building science and construction.

By Henry Tufts


Ronald McDonald House

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

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


Eastgate Offices for Environment Canada

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Energy-intensive building conserves through heat recovery, PV generation, and tight envelope

This project, known simply as ‘Eastgate’, is a double agent. Although it functions as a healthy, sustainable office space for its occupants in Edmonton, the building is also a 24/7, mission-critical facility designed to ensure that Environment Canada’s important weather forecasting work continues under any circumstances.

By Kent McKay


Telus Spark Science Centre

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

LEED Gold building educates public about
environment and technologies 

This new 60,700m2 facility houses the Creative Kids Museum, themed pavilions, a touring exhibit gallery, and science visualization and presentation theatres, as well as multiple administrative and support spaces. In addition to its on-site operations, the Centre will connect Alberta communities to a Virtual Science Centre via the SuperNet, and support the province’s education system through the Renaissance Learning Centre.

Text by DIALOG



Monday, June 10th, 2013

JURY COMMENT - The jury was charmed by the clever plan and the aesthetics of this project that succeeded in integrating the existing and new portions of the building into a cohesive whole. The sinuous form, wrapping around the existing cross-form typology, creates a series of courtyards that ensure ample natural light throughout the building. The jury also liked the simple approach and the absence of technical gadgetry. The project demonstrates the kind of leadership we should expect from our municipalities.


Plaza 2006

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Sustainable design principles based on materials, HVAC and landscape

The north elevation where the glazed three storey atrium reveals two animated stairs, and wood panel-faced classrooms behind which are located faculty offices.
by Steve Carpenter in association with Macky-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

The Brock University Plaza Building is a five storey, 7880 sq.m building located on the university campus in St. Catharines, Ontario, close to the Niagara escarpment. The building is the new home of the University book store and other retail, and provides office, classroom and laboratory spaces. (more…)