Posts Tagged ‘SabMagazine’

Interview with

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Alex Speigel


Alex Speigel, partner at Windmill Developments, believes that the greenest buildings are actually conversions. With Arch Lofts [www.archlofts.com], they’re transforming a century-old church into condos in a downtown area of Toronto known as the Junction Triangle.
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Marine Gateway Development, Vancouver

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

MIXED USE AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: A project that has the density and diversity of use to create a complete community, with unparalleled access to both light rail and bus transportation. The comprehensive approach to sustainability is exemplary, from a highly attractive and animated public realm with a variety of commercial uses, to energy conservation and environmental control measures such as district heat and sophisticated solar shading strategies. (more…)


Lockeport Beach House - Lockeport Beach, NS

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

RESIDENTIAL [Small] AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: This house has a light environmental footprint that derives from the philosophical approach taken by both client and architect. It combines responsible siting and construction strategies with low energy consumption and net zero water use. A simple and elegant building that speaks to a different way of living in harmony with the environment. (more…)


Sir John A. Macdonald Building, Ottawa

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

EXISTING BUILDING
UPGRADE AWARD WINNER

Jury comments:
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this project is how the envelope and building systems upgrades have been so discreetly integrated into the heritage structure. Architecturally, the atrium ties together the old structure with the new addition, while incorporating daylighting and ventilation strategies. A very sensitive, subtle and sustainable retrofit.
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Gare Fluviale de Lévis, QC

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

INSTITUTIONAL [small] AWARD WINNER

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…)


Queen Richmond Centre West, Toronto

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL [large] AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: An impressive and innovative example of heritage preservation, adaptive reuse and densification. The lobby is stunning, animating the street and offering the opportunity for a variety of community activities. The project hits all the sustainability buttons, both in terms of exemplary building performance and its contribution to the social, cultural and economic life of the neighbourhood.

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River City Phases 1 & 2, Toronto

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

RESIDENTIAL [Large]
AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: A brownfield project that stands out for its emphasis on a mix of unit types, the quality of its public realm, and its success in promoting shared car and transit use. The provision of individually metered power, heat and water fosters a culture of conservation among residents. The balanced design response to the mandated LEED gold requirement has resulted in a project whose performance is exemplary for its size. (more…)


Eva’s Phoenix, Toronto

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Interior Design
AWARD WINNER

Jury comments: A very sophisticated project done on a very tiny budget. The strong social sustainability agenda was supported by the clever resolution of complex technical problems, most notably day-lighighting, that required negotiation with municipal building authorities. Leaving the central atrium unheated makes it feel more like a regular street, and at the same time minimizes the conditioned area of the building, and maximizes energy savings. (more…)


Interview

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

With Mark Hutchinson


Mark Hutchinson, Vice President of Green Building Programs at the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC], is heading up the Council’s new Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative which could affect how we design and operate buildings in the coming years.
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Viewpoint

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Embed the value of housing affordability in sustainability

A lone voice from Vancouver issued a challenge at the Greenbuild #2 conference in Pittsburgh in 2003: “What will the US Green Building Council do to address the fact that the right building in the wrong place is the wrong building?” This was one of many factors that led USGBC to develop LEED for Neighbourhood Development [LEED-ND] to guide
sustainable community development, and Vancouver’s False Creek Olympic Village was one of the first recipients of LEED-ND Platinum.

By Graham McGarva

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