Posts Tagged ‘LEED Platinum certification’

Amber Trails Community School, Winnipeg

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Institutional [large] AWARD

Jury comments: This project encourages social interaction and community engagement through the physical organization of its multiple programs. Operating before and after regular school hours increases the efficiency of building use, while energy and water consumption reductions of close to 70% are remarkable. Programs such as the community farm raise awareness around broader aspects of sustainability. A community school in the truest sense. (more…)

2016 British Columbia Regional Winner - FORT ST. JOHN PASSIVE HOUSE - Fort St. John, BC

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

JURY COMMENTS: A highly commendable effort by a small and remote municipality to create a prototype residential building to the highest energy performance standards. One of the few single-family houses to be certified to Passive House standards anywhere in Canada, the educational opportunity this project represents is profound - and all the more remarkable because it is located in an area where the economy is dominated by the oil and gas industry.


2014 AWARD-WINNING PROJECT: UNBC Bio-Energy Plant, Prince George

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This project is exemplary for bringing local energy production into view and so elevating public consciousness around ownership and responsibility. An elegant building whose expression is rooted in ’place’; a fabulous example of what more communities
in Canada should be doing.


2014 AWARD-WINNING PROJECT: Vandusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, Vancouver

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

A beautiful building with an interesting variety of spaces and an innovative palette of materials and assemblies. The very impressive performance metrics are a testimony to an integrated and in-depth approach to mechanical and other building systems. The combination of architectural excellence and high technical performance is compelling.


VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre - Net-zero building designed to meet the Living Building Challenge system

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Founded in 1971 and located five kilometres from downtown Vancouver, the VanDusen Botanical Garden preserves an important 22-hectare environmental oasis within
an increasingly dense urban context.

By Jim Huffman



Monday, June 10th, 2013

JURY COMMENT - The transformation of a coal-fired power station on the Halifax harbour to a commercial building employing 600 people made for a compelling story of environmental,
economic and social sustainability. These broad ambitions were reinforced with impressive energy performance, good use of natural light and an innovative envelope upgrade. The project acknowledges its industrial past in the scale and character of the atrium space, and offers public access to the waterfront where none existed before.


EcoHouse Canada 2 - Zen Barn - 80-year old siding helps modern house meld into historic neighbourhood

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The Zen Barn is an infill home built in an historic and eclectic Ottawa neighbourhood. The owners wanted to balance their modern taste with a subtle integration of the house into the community.

By James Hawley (more…)