Posts Tagged ‘sustainable strategies’

EcoHouse Canada 2 - City Laneway House - Compact design offers space, light and air

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

This 1-1/2 storey, 750 square foot laneway house is located in the centre of Vancouver in a residential neighbourhood that is a five-minute walk to one of the new Canada Line rapid transit stations. The house has one bedroom, one bathroom, full open kitchen/living arrangement, as well as an upper loft space and attached garage. The laneway was built with the long-term plan of becoming a permanent residence for the owners’ mother.

By Brian Billingsley (more…)

Sister Margaret Smith Addictions Treatment Centre - Sustainable design improves the healing process

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

This LEED Gold project provides  residential and non-residential  services for the treatment of  addictions, including drug and  alcohol, gambling and eating disorders, among others. The residential program is divided into 15 beds for females, 15 beds for males and 10 beds for youth,  including children as young as 13 years. The residential programs and non-residential programs have separate entrances to protect the privacy of each. Non-residential  programs include private and group therapy rooms, gymnasium, spiritual room, crafts room and administration.

By Robert Davies and John Stephenson


Calgary Public Building

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Heritage landmark brought up to speed from the inside

Over its 80 year life, the interior of this landmark heritage building in downtown Calgary had been compromised by several insensitive renovations, although the exterior remained largely intact and in excellent condition. The challenge posed to the design team, was to create a leading edge, energy efficient and sustainable office environment within the building, while preserving  and enhancing the historic character of the exterior.

By Jerry Hacker


Normand Maurice Building

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Quebec LEED project hails government direction in sustainability

The south-west elevation showing the extent of the green roof, the rooftop light scoops, and diagonal louvers. The project is being evaluated by the Canada Green Building Council for a LEED Gold Certification
Brian Wakelin

The Normand Maurice building is a 15,000sq.m facility housing office headquarters, warehouse and armoury storage for the Department of National Defence [DND] and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police [RCMP], Canada Customs, and several other public bodies. (more…)

Interview: Peter Busby

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

by Jim Taggart

As both advocate and architect Peter Busby, CM, AIA, FRAIC, MAIBC, MAAA, MOAA, BCID, LEED A.P. has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work in furthering the practice of sustainable design. As Managing Director of Busby Perkins + Will he runs offices in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Seattle as well as consulting to the firm’s 21 offices worldwide.
In addition to his many architectural awards over 20 years in practice, in 2005 Peter was invested as a member of the Governor General’s Order of Canada, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. (more…)