Posts Tagged ‘sustainable architecture and building’

Viewpoint

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

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Advancing the application of renewable energy in architecture

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

This article outlines a two-tier design approach that can assist architects to achieve their goal of a Net Zero Energy building. The first stage is to reduce the overall operating energy demand of the building; and the second is to replace traditional energy derived from fossil fuels with energy from renewable sources. Recent technological advances are making renewable energy options more attractive, both in terms of output and cost recovery.

By Loghman Azar

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Is B.C.’s Energy Step Code a blueprint for Canada?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Innovative building standard off
to a promising start

In 2017, British Columbia introduced what might be North America’s most innovative beyond-code standard for energy efficiency. The B.C. Energy Step Code is an opt-in regulation that enables local governments to pursue improved levels of performance for new homes and buildings — creating healthier and more comfortable spaces that are more affordable to heat. It’s a promising experiment that could chart a path for the rest of Canada.

By Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Pembina Institute

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Mainstreaming Mass Wood Construction

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Lessons from Brock Commons

At 18 storeys and 53 metres in height, Brock Commons Tallwood House is a 404-bed student
residence building located on The University of British Columbia Point Grey campus in Vancouver,  that officially opened for students in July of 2017. The project is the first to be completed in Canada under the 2013 Tall Wood Building Demonstration Project Initiative sponsored by Natural
Resources Canada.

By Russell Acton

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Viewpoint

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

For the sixth consecutive year, a graduate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Architectural Science program has won the national CaGBC Student Project Award. This year’s winner, Andrew Martins, joins Ashley Hu [2016], Jason Reid [2015], Alison Walker [2014], Albert Lam [2013] and Simon Vangrootheest [2012]. The objective of the Award is “to recognize a student project that demonstrates leadership, innovation, inspiration and a creative vision for the future of sustainable design in the field of green building and communities” - a national challenge where this small degree program consistently succeeds.

By Jody Patterson and Matthew Woodruff (more…)


First Net-Zero labelled Home in Canada

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Saanich house meets Net Zero Home Labelling Program

In May of 2017, the Canadian Home Builders Association [CHBA] officially launched its Net Zero Home Labelling Program, following the successful completion of a 15-month pilot to validate technical and administrative procedures. The Program provides the industry and consumers with a clearly defined and rigorous two-tiered technical requirement that recognizes Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes, and identifies the builders and
renovators who can provide them.

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Bois Ellen Housing Co-op

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Construction detailing and energy efficiency on a budget

The recently completed Bois Ellen Co-op is located in the City of Laval near the Place de la Concorde train and metro station, a neighbourhood that is in transition toward multi-residential housing. Contrary to current trends that rely heavily on active renewable technologies, the design that emerged from the Integrated Design Process [IDP] focuses on passive design measures to ensure that ongoing maintenance is easily manageable
for the Co-op and its residents.

By Daniel Pearl and Cecilia Chen

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The best tiny house we’ve seen so far

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

DIY tiny houses move to the next level as an architecture student introduces digital design and fabrication
into the mix.

By Mike Reynolds


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UBC Engineering Student Centre

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Compact LEED Gold building celebrates structure

The University of British Columbia Engineering Student Centre [ESC] is a home away from home for the students, a place to meet, collaborate, and build a community. The vision was to create an iconic building that celebrates the science and art of engineering, while providing an inviting place for groups from two persons to 400 to socialize and study.

By Shelley Craig and Nicole Jahraus (more…)


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…)