Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine’

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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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…)


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…)


CEU: Energy Retrofits

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Comparing Active and Passive Strategies

Building for energy efficiency in new construction has become routine when the right technical expertise is enlisted, proper building technology is selected, and few constraints limit the design. Retrofitting for energy efficiency poses a greater challenge when existing buildings employ dated systems, materials, and design practices. Priority must be given to those upgrades that will enable the building to achieve the greatest performance within the given constraints. This article describes how a post-secondary institution selected retrofit packages when presented with many possible options, including both building envelope and HVAC system upgrades.

By Aman Hehar and Matthew Tokarik

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Wesbrook Community Centre

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Performance results achieved with passive design, active HVAC

The two-storey, 2,900m2 Wesbrook Community Centre is located at the heart of the rapidly growing Wesbrook Village neighbourhood, on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. With construction completed in September 2015, the community centre acts as a hub for all community activities. This new municipal landmark includes a gymnasium and fitness centre, art and dance studios, and multipurpose rooms, all intended to further strengthen the community and promote social interaction and gathering.

By Esther Gutman

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