Posts Tagged ‘sustainable architecture and building’

Gare Fluviale de Lévis, QC

Thursday, June 1st, 2017


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…)


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.

Aspen Root Passive House

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Highest energy hurdle met with superior envelope and quality materials

The Aspen Root Passive Home is the culmination of a 25-year journey for the owners who both work in the environmental industry and are committed to reducing their own ecological footprint. The home is a prototype sustainable building incorporating passive design principles, and best-practices in cold climate building science and construction.

By Henry Tufts


Sustainability from the ground up

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Locally-inspired architecture with a global reach

This is the first of two articles featuring the work of emerging practices from across the country, whose vision of sustainability embraces holistic solutions implemented at a small scale. The work gives physical form to the emerging culture of cooperation and collaboration that is the foundation of social sustainability. Local in its inspiration, this work nonetheless illustrates the
transformative power of architecture, and plants the seeds of civic ecologies whose principles are global in scope.

By Jim Taggart, SABMag editor


Continuing Education: Designing Interiors for Human Health

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Designing Interior Environments
that Support Human Health

Although we have known for a long time that Canadians spend over 90% of their time indoors, only recently have we consciously begun to design environments that not only meet health and safety regulations, but also actually improve occupant health and wellbeing.

By Kaitlyn Gillis
and Michelle Biggar


King Edward Villa

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Innovative thinking derives maximum benefit
from construction budget

King Edward Villa is a six-storey mixed-use building located in east Vancouver. The ground floor commercial space and the single level of underground parking are constructed in concrete, with five storeys of wood frame construction housing 77 rental apartments above.

By Jim Taggart


Interview with Greg Clarahan

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Greg Clarahan,

President and CEO of LiteZone Glass Inc. in Nisku, Alberta [] has come up with what may be the world’s best-performing insulating glass, an achievement recognized by the Canada Green Building Council which recently awarded the company its 2016 Green Building Product of the Year Award.


Advanced Research Complex

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Sleek lab and office meets exacting performance needs

The new Advanced Research Complex [ARC] at the University of Ottawa is the hub of cutting-edge Photonics and Geo-Sciences Research in Canada. Located on a tight urban site, the building houses two separate research programs – the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Advanced Photonics and the relocation of its Geo-Science department into state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition to the laboratories, the facility includes academic and student offices together with associated administrative spaces serving personnel from both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering.

By COLE+Associates Architects Inc.


The Mosaic Centre

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Edmonton office goes for triple play of net zero, LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge

The Mosaic ‘Family’ comprises several employee-owned companies whose stated purpose is to create role model organizations that effect positive social change through business. In keeping with their philosophy, this 2,812m2 building provides the Mosaic Family not only with office space but employee amenities including a child-care facility, wellness centre, lounge areas, game rooms, a restaurant and an outdoor terrace.

By Kent McKay


Continuing Education

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016



More stringent energy codes demand higher levels of insulation for external walls, and in many cases this means using exterior insulation, either as a substitute for traditional cavity insulation, or to supplement it. Additional insulation thickness and changes to the insulation location require additional consideration with regards to vapour diffusion and condensation control.
The varying vapour permeability of different insulation products, membranes, and other building materials adds complexity to wall assembly design.
Some insulation materials, like mineral wool and fibreglass are vapour permeable, while others, like XPS, polyisocyanurate, and closed-cell spray foam are relatively impermeable.

Energy codes are silent on this issue and building codes can be confusing in regard to the selection of exterior insulation and vapour diffusion control for walls. This article clarifies and provides guidance on vapour diffusion and condensation control in these new wall assemblies.