Posts Tagged ‘sustainable design’

Ritchie Courtyard Residence

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

From industrial site to residential living, condo uses exterior corridors to save energy 

This six-storey, 5,040 m2, residential condominium building at 25 Ritchie in Toronto is located on what had been an industrial site for more than 100 years. Consequently, the land required exstensive remediation prior to redevelopment. The adjacent properties in the small triangular-shaped city block are a mix of single-family residential and industrial uses.

By David Anand Peterson


2014 AWARD-WINNING PROJECT: One Planet Reno, Ottawa

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The story behind this project is as compelling as the building itself. The design team looked at almost every green building metric and made an earnest attempt to incorporate the best of each in a truly holistic approach to sustainable design. The result takes a standard Ontario residential prototype and updates it in an engaging and sometimes quirky way. The energy performance in particular is exemplary.


Building products derived from Rapidly Renewable Materials

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Among the central objectives of sustainable design is to move the construction industry from a linear process of production, service and disposal to a cyclical one in which materials and products are reclaimed, reprocessed and reused. Materials such as steel, aluminum and some plastics lend themselves to this approach reducing or even eliminating the draw down on the Earth’s ‘capital’ of material resources.

By Hugh Perry


Regent Park Revitalization

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Sustainable design and mixed housing aim to make lives better

Regent Park is Canada’s largest and oldest public housing project. Located on 70 acres east of the downtown core, it replaced one of Toronto’s worst slums with a “garden city” development that, despite the best of intentions, isolated and stigmatized the community.

By Peter Clews


2009 SAB Awards Winner - Artscape

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Jury comments - Here is a fabulous example of the reuse of a derelict building that brings life back to an abandoned area of the city. Re-use rather than tear down is the best starting point for sustainability, and the project is also targetting LEED Gold certification through high-efficiency HVAC, and electrical and water conservation.


Depth of sustainable design grows

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

While Canada’s reputation for environmental advocacy and policy-making took another beating at the recent G8 Summit in Italy, at a grass roots level there is much good work being done.  (more…)

2009 SAB Awards Winner - Pointe Valaine Community Centre

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Jury comments - This is a building that makes us want to visit. It makes clever re-use of insulated precast panels integrated into the walls, and smart use of passive heating and natural ventilation that has a sense of “reclaiming lost knowledge.”


SAB Awards Winner - Dockside Green

Friday, June 5th, 2009


Jury comments - The project sets the future course for high density communities that are fully sustainable and designed to a central plan.  It’s a model for an industrial site that has self-sufficiency in waste and water handling, and energy generation.  The plan is so good that even public spaces feel private, and we can only hope that Dockside Green becomes the new standard for our cities.


Jury established, 2009 SAB Awards set to go

Monday, March 9th, 2009


A top-flight jury anchors the launch of the 2009 SAB Canadian Green Building Awards , the second annual celebration of Canadian green design.
The SAB Canadian Green Building Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types, including new construction, renovations and interior design projects. Winning projects are chosen based on criteria of sustainable design, architectural excellence and technical innovation. (more…)

Design firm practices what it preaches in office refit

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Stantec Toronto

View across the atrium. Work stations are held back from the windows to maximize the penetration of natural light

by Dathe Wong

This rehabilitation and conversion project brings the 170 employees of various disciplines who make up Stantec’s Toronto operation into one 4,925 sq.m integrated work environment - making a strong statement about the company’s commitment to sustainable design. (more…)