Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine’

Interview with Jeff Addison

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Jeff Addison, Managing Director, Kiko Water Systems is riding high after Kiko received the 2017 Green Building Product of the Year Award from the Canada Green Building Council for its Water Systems Cartridges, a nanotechnology that is green and not chemical.


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Viewpoint

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

An LCA Pioneer:
The whole story

A pioneer in bringing life cycle assessment [LCA] to the North American construction sector, the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute celebrates a 20th anniversary this year.

By VANESSA SALAZAR


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Passive House Case Study

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Salus Clementine Housing, Ottawa

The Salus Corporation is a Canadian charity that provides housing and support services for clients with mental health needs. The Corporation has more than 100 dwelling units in several buildings in Ottawa. The recently completed Salus Clementine project is a 42-unit residence for people suffering from mental illness.

By Anthony Leaning


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First Avenue Residence

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

High efficiency, comtemporary style rejuvenate established Montreal neighbourhood

In order to provide durable, long-term architectural solutions that are adapted to their context, our firm, Microclimat, brings together the required design and construction expertise under one roof. Inspired by the design/build process, we believe that expertise in construction enables us to bring a project from its embryonic stage to delivery by ensuring continuity, consistency and cohesion. The First Avenue Residence in Montreal is the result of this integrated process.

By Microclimat and Odile Hénault. (more…)


Steelcase Worklife Showroom

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Walks the sustainability talk

Global furniture manufacturer Steelcase has developed a broad sustainability program with economic, social and environmental targets. A special steering committee provides direction on achieving these targets, which include a commitment to a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas and VOC emissions, water use and waste by the end of 2020. Social sustainability goals include increased corporate volunteerism, philanthropy, and the promotion of employee diversity and inclusion. These goals are supported by the company’s ongoing implementation and development of a wide variety of metrics and policies that include sustainable procurement and end-of-use strategies, a code of conduct for the company’s global suppliers regarding human rights, labour practices, environmental impact and community involvement, and a robust investment in renewable energy.

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CEU Article

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Universal Design as Social Sustainability

Universal design is for everyone. Informed by the preferences of as many people as possible, rather than retroactively adapting spaces for those who face barriers to access, universal design is an optimized, conceptual approach to development. But for universal design to flourish and spread, it needs to be recognized not just as optional, but rather as essential and even desirable. Shedding light on the catalysts for success, and exploring examples of how accessible design complements environmental sustainability and social sustainability, we can demonstrate to governing bodies, the general public and architects and designers the benefits meeting the accessibility needs of everyone.

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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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