Posts Tagged ‘Living Building Challenge’


Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Living buiding performance on a budget

Launched in 2006, the Living Building Challenge is a rigorous certification program that sets absolute performance standards and requires proof that they have been achieved before awarding certification. There are seven categories [or petals], most comprising several imperatives, all of which must be met if recognition for that petal is to be achieved. Full recognition requires a building to meet the imperatives of all seven petals; partial recognition requires a building to achieve three petals, one of which must be Water, Energy or Materials.

By James Hettinger, OAA


The Mosaic Centre

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Edmonton office goes for triple play of net zero, LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge

The Mosaic ‘Family’ comprises several employee-owned companies whose stated purpose is to create role model organizations that effect positive social change through business. In keeping with their philosophy, this 2,812m2 building provides the Mosaic Family not only with office space but employee amenities including a child-care facility, wellness centre, lounge areas, game rooms, a restaurant and an outdoor terrace.

By Kent McKay


2016 - Ontario Regional Winner and Technical Award Winner: BILL FISCH FOREST STEWARDSHIP AND EDUCATION CENTRE - Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

JURY COMMENTS: The first Living Building Challenge contender in Ontario, this benchmark project goes beyond net zero energy by meticulously pursuing a range of familiar conservation strategies including: a high-performance envelope with R-40 walls and R-60 roof; a window-to-wall ratio of less than 30%; and triple-glazed windows oriented for optimal solar orientation. A 35kW photovoltaic array contributes to the net positive energy result. Other notable achievements include net zero water, with rain and well water meeting 100% of occupant needs. (more…)

Green products and materials

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

In LEED v4 and beyond

As most green building professionals in Canada now know, demand for products and materials with third-party verification is growing, and this trend will continue well into the foreseeable future.

By Mark Hutchinson


CEU Article: Designing buildings for real performance

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Energy modelling must deliver the goods

The next great leap in the design of sustainable buildings is measuring and reporting the operational building performance. Traditionally design teams have ensured buildings are built as designed but have had limited involvement in the operation of a building. New rating systems, building codes and client contracts are dramatically changing this. Design [and construction] teams are being asked to specify and guarantee the maximum annual energy use of their buildings as estimated using energy models. This creates complex new relationships between designers, energy modellers, contractors and owners. This article explores what is driving the market toward actual energy performance, tools that are used to accurately estimate energy usage, guidelines on how to achieve accurate energy modelling results, and methods to verify performance.

By David Mead (more…)

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


Beyond regional material credits - Advancing the quest for truly sustainable design

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Local product sourcing receives a lot of attention in green building rating systems, but the geographic limit it imposes considers only the transportation impacts of material selection. It does not take into account all the other potential  environmental impacts that form part of the overall ecological profile of a material. Standardized life cycle assessment is essential for a true understanding of how sustainable building products and materials really are.

By Helen Goodland


Healthy Materials for Building

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Within the last decade, environmental health has become an increasingly important decision making factor for practitioners within the green building community. The USGBC with its LEED Green Building Rating System brought issues surrounding indoor environmental quality and material health to the forefront of design dialogues.  Even more so, proposed changes to LEED v4 could bring about greater market transparency if proposed credits on “Material Ingredient Reporting” and “Avoidance of Chemicals of Concern” are accepted after the next round of public comment.

By Kathy Wardle and Max Richter


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.