The annual 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards are set to launch in early January. With nine submission categories the Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of all types of sustainably-designed, high-performance Canadian residential and non-residential buildings, and interiors.
Winning entries will be announced at the CaGBC National Conference in Toronto in June, 2018, and published in the Summer issue of SABMag and at www.sabmagazine.com. All projects submitted will be considered for publication in SABMag.
Deadline for submissions March 9, 2018; Judging date March 16 2018
Register without obligation to receive an Entry Kit.
- Heather Dubbeldam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP Principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Toronto
- Lindsay Oster, MAA, SAA, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP Principal of Prairie Architects Inc., Winnipeg
- Thomas Schweitzer, OAQ Director of Architecture, Ædifica, Montreal
Our special thanks to our 2017 Sponsors:
Sponsorships are now open for the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards, a national program offered by SABMag. Awards sponsors receive year-long visibility and direct participation in the Awards presentation at the CaGBC Annual Conference, with a return in benefits of more than double sponsor investment. See details here.
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The latest issue of Alberta FOCUS, the CaGBC Alberta Chapter publication published by SABMag, covers a 70s tower reno, the ICE District, energy benchmarking of Edmonton’s big buildings, and how virtual reality can assist sustainable design, to mention a few topics. SABMag also publishes regional publications for the BC, Toronto and Atlantic chapters. See the digital version of the issue here.
The latest Continuing Education Course from SABMag entitled, “Universal Design as Social Sustainability”, argues that to reflect societal values of democracy and inclusivity, buildings must be designed to be accessible to all. This in turn implies that universal design must be seen not as an optional add-on, but as an essential and integrated aspect of all aspects of the built environment.
The author proposes that strategies for ‘mainstreaming’ universal design may be seen as similar to those that have successfully changed our thinking about environmental sustainability over the last 20 years.
Case studies explore how accessible design complements environmental and social sustainability, and how such examples can demonstrate to governing bodies, the general public, and to architects and designers the benefits of meeting the accessibility needs of everyone.
SABMag Continuing Education articles are certified by Green Business Certification Inc. [GBCI] so that professionals who read any of the articles and pass the quiz receive a 1-hour learning unit toward maintaining their LEED credential. The latest article, and past articles, can be seen here.
SABMag's 2017 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building is organized by Product Category and by LEED Category according to the new LEED v4. The Directory also offers a quick view of the structure of LEED v4, courtesy of our partner Ecospex [link], and is a quick reference for finding products. Examples of featured listings include:
- Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Certified Plant Program,
- FABRIQ architecture,
- Pinwheel Building Solutions, and
- RJC Engineers
More information on the Salus Clementine Passive House project and the Humber River Hospital project, both published in the Fall issue of SABMag, can be found in concise one-page case studies from Legalett and LiveRoof Ontario, respectively.
The Legalett case studydescribes how its GEO-Passive Slab used in the Salus Clementine Passive House project insulates the underside of the concrete to isolate it from the surrounding earth avoiding moisture issues, and spreads the bearing load across the surface allowing the slab to also act as a footing.
The LiveRoof Ontario case study describes how the vegetated roof on the Humber River Hospital project, the company’s largest roof installation world wide to date at 13,192 square metres, was planned and executed, and the benefits it brings to patient health and to hospital finances.
A third case study by Metl-Span® Insulated Metal Panels describes how its exterior panels - 3,100 sq ft of 2.5” CF Architectural Flat Panel 36” Width in custom Green and 7,000 sq ft of 2.5” CF Architectural Flat Panel 36” Width in custom White - provide a high-performance envelope and a sleek, aesthetic appeal to the headquarters of Innovations in Transportation Inc. [INIT], the world leader in developing and supplying integrated ITS [intelligent transportation systems] and ticketing systems for public transportation. CF Architectural Flat Panels.
The New Carbon Architecture: Building to Cool the Climate published by New Society Publishers explores how biomimicry-inspired innovations in architecture and construction will pull carbon from the atmosphere, heal the climate, and produce safer, healthier, and more beautiful buildings. 8x10”, softcover, 160 pages. ISBN: 9780865718685 $29.95, plus tax.
Forbo introduces new, award-winning Marmoleum Solid collection
Forbo’s new Marmoleum Solid collection, aade with natural, renewable ingredients, combines award-winning design with durability and sustainability to create a healthy, pure foundation for today’s interior environments.
The Marmoleum Solid collection includes nature-inspired finishes and the innovative Marmoleum Cocoa collection which was awarded a 2017 iF Product Design Award. By adding cocoa shells to traditional Marmoleum ingredients, Forbo created a surface texture that is both natural looking and contemporary. Marmoleum Cocoa and Slate have each won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award as well.
The Marmoleum Solid collections are 100% biobased, naturally PVC-free and phthalate-free, and feature inherent antimicrobial and antistatic properties that improve indoor air quality and resist bacteria growth without chemical additives.
The Best Practice Guide summarizes the most current information and best practices in architectural precast concrete wall construction to provide designers with an understanding of recommended design details and site practices. This Guide explains the characteristics of architectural precast concrete, the fundamentals of building science and building envelope performance, and how precast concrete fulfills these performance criteria. It concludes with an explanation and illustration of current best practice assemblies, details and specifications. Download the guide here.