Posts Tagged ‘Stantec’

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Sustainable Design of Airports

It has been a little over one hundred years since the Wright brothers took to the air, and our almost-miraculous ability to travel by plane has made flight an integral part of the world economy. As a result, from time to time Aviation is the subject of headlines stating the “great but invisible harm” it causes to the environment. Right? Not really. According to the EPA, in the United States aircraft of all kinds are estimated to emit between 2.4% and 3.4% of total greenhouse gas emissions, and the IPCC estimates that Aviation worldwide is responsible for around 3.5% of anthropogenic climate change.

BY STANIS SMITH, STANTEC

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Net Zero prototype for Habitat for Humanity

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Can a sustainable home be affordable? That is the question Stantec, Lafarge, and Habitat for Humanity set out to answer with the development of a Net Zero energy duplex in Edmonton.

By Klaas Rodenburg

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Interior Living Walls

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Construction of the Indoor air Biofilter at Centennial College, Toronto

The Centennial College Library and Academic Facility in Toronto is a campus gateway building with a saw tooth sequence of glazed vertical bays. These extend across the roofline to harvest daylight that reaches deep into the core of the building. In addition to providing an inviting, light-filled environment for study, this abundant natural light source creates an ideal setting for a four-storey biofilter living wall.

By Alan Darlington and Donald Schmitt

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A big-scale application of sustainable ideas

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Calgary Court Centre

Bridges connect the towers across the light-filled atrium at every level

by Bill Chomik

Located in the heart of Calgary, the new court centre serves both federal and provincial jurisdictions with a total of 73 courtrooms - one configured specifically for aboriginal hearings - making it the largest court facility in Canada. The design for the 1 million SF complex was driven by concerns for transparency, public space, sustainability, circulation, and flexibility. (more…)


UBC Chemistry Centre - Heritage Sustainability

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Past and present coexist comfortably in heritage laboratory renovation

The BC granite facade and leaded windows were cleaned, and the copper scuppers and downspouts restored
by Barb Gordon
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Completed in 1923, the Chemistry Centre was UBC’s first permanent building and is a major heritage landmark.
It is one of only two Collegiate Gothic style buildings on campus, complete with granite facade, copper scuppers
and downspouts, leaded windows, and corridors with detailed brickwork and woodwork. (more…)


Woodward Avenue Environmental Laboratory

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Wastewater testing facility

Low environmental impact and high indoor air quality drive design

The low profile building is clad with cedar siding, brick and stucco that help connect it to its residential neighbourhood
by Greg Sather
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Completed in 2007, the new 26,340sf water and wastewater testing facility, part of the City of Hamilton’s central sewage treatment plant, sits in a mixed residential and industrial neighbourhood.
The location presented some unusual design challenges including: how to offset the heavy building systems loads and environmental impacts inherent in this building type; how to minimize the facility’s environmental impact on the adjacent residential community; and how to maximize indoor air quality. (more…)


Langara college

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

A Sustainable Campus

The north elevation. By using passive solar design, indigenous materials, geothermal energy, enhanced air quality, energy and water efficiency, and sustainable landscape design, the project stands for the idea that resources are finite and that building design should respond to this fact. The College conducts tours for students, professionals, and the community to explain the sustainable features of the building

Library/classroom building combines sustainable architectural and landscape practices

The goal of Langara College is to create a sustainable campus that demonstrates environmental responsibility and stewardship for the student body and the community. (more…)


Wakefield Beach Houses

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Development combines density and conservation

Creating the Wakefield Beach Community

Curved roofs evoke the rolling ocean breakers. The development uses geothermal heating and cooling, high performance windows, solar-powered street lighting, and water conserving plumbing fixtures
by Bo Helliwell
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Retirement and recreation homes now flank most of the coastal roads in south-western British Columbia and demand is increasing.
Environmentally, the typical linear, low density form of subdivision has little to recommend it, as it squanders precious waterfront land, negatively impacts or destroys often delicate shoreline ecosystems, and compromises public access to beaches and inter-tidal areas. (more…)


Killarney Community Pool

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

New facility re-energizes established community

The design provides the lightest possible structural system and optimizes north views of the park and mountains beyond
by Roger Hughes
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Filled with an abundance of natural light, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Killarney Community Pool engages the surrounding public spaces, bringing a new intensity to an important civic facility. (more…)