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In recognition of the quality and variety of projects now being submitted to the Canadian Green Building Awards, a program of Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag] and the Canada Green Building Council, the awards advisory board has decided to recognize excellence in the following project categories.
The deadline to receive entries is March 17, with judging on March 24. Entries are accepted in English or in French.
Winning projects will be officially announced in an awards ceremony at the CaGBC National Convention in Vancouver, and published in the Summer 2017 issue of SABMag. All submitted projects will be considered for publishing in SABMag.
1. Residential [small]: Open to new or renovated buildings less than 600m2 in area, of which a minimum of 75% is dedicated to single- and multi-family residential uses.
2. Residential [large]: Open to new or renovated buildings [or groups of related buildings] greater than 600m2 in area, of which at least 75% is dedicated to residential uses.
3. Commercial/Industrial [small]: Open to new or renovated buildings up to 2,000m2 in area, of which more than 75% is dedicated to commercial or industrial uses.
4. Commercial/industrial [large]: Open to new or renovated buildings [or groups of related buildings] greater than 2,000m2 in area, of which at least 75% of the floor area is dedicated to commercial or industrial uses.
5. Institutional [small]: Open to new or renovated buildings up to 2,000m2 in area, of which more than 75% is dedicated to institutional uses.
6. Institutional [large]: Open to new or renovated buildings [or groups of buildings]) greater than 2,000m2 in area, of which at least 75% of the floor area is dedicated to institutional uses.
7. Mixed Use: Open to new or renovated buildings [or groups of related buildings] of any size, in which no individual use exceeds 75% of the overall floor area.
8. Existing Building Upgrade: Open to buildings of any size or type in which the primary focus of the work has been to.
9. Interior Design: Open to interior design projects of any size or type. Entries in this category are required to respond only to the submission criteria appropriate to the project.
Sponsorships are now open for the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards, a national program offered by SABMag and the Canada Green Building Council.
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 the sponsor investment. See details here.
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SABMag’s new 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. Examples of featured listings include: CATEC rainwater harvesting, Langley Concrete stormwater treatment, MOLOK deep system waste collector, Unilock landscaping products, and Wishbone site furnishings.
The Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC] new Vancouver office has certified LEED v4 Platinum for Interior Design + Construction (ID+C) – becoming the first commercial project to earn LEED v4 Platinum in the country.
In order to earn LEED v4 Platinum certification, one of the most rigorous green building standards in the world, CaGBC worked with industry leaders DIALOG, Ledcor Construction Ltd., and Integral Group. The CaGBC Vancouver office was able to earn a final predicted energy cost savings of 25% compared to ASHRAE 9.1-2010, with a 39% reduction in indoor water use.
The selection of an appropriate location for a project is critical, and was a key contributor in CaGBC earning this LEED Platinum certification. Choosing to lease office space in the newly opened MNP Tower at 1021 W. Hastings St., a LEED Gold certified building owned by Oxford Properties Group, provided many advantages due to its dense downtown location. This includes ample access to amenities and strong bicycle and public transportation networks, which encourages employee wellness and mitigates the environmental impacts of commuting. CaGBC built on the idea of wellness by also incorporating an open-office design, a variety of workspace options, and sit-stand desks to maximize ergonomics.
“Our goal with this office was to set an example by achieving the most rigorous level of certification under LEED v4, and to do so by highlighting the innovation and capabilities that CaGBC has fostered over the past decade,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC.
Building materials also play a large role in mitigating carbon emissions, which is why the project team focused on product selections that had life-cycle information available, along with environmentally, economically, and socially preferable impacts. This included sourcing flooring, shades and fabric that are Cradle2Cradle certified or that have Environmental Product Declarations [EPDs]; ensuring 80% of workstation furniture was from reused, refurbished or recycled sources; and using VOC-absorbing gypsum and other low-VOC products to maximize indoor air quality.
A video detailing the design and construction process of the office is available, along with project highlights here. In total, the CaGBC worked with 40 industry sponsors for this project, who provided in-kind services and support.
The latest Continuing Education Course from SABMag entitled, ‘Designing Interior Environments that support Human Health’, covers interior design which contributes to human wellness. The article demonstrates techniques through case studies of recent projects: the University of British Columbia Bookstore, Telus Garden and the College of New Caledonia Trade Buildings. 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 learning unit toward maintaining their LEED credential. The latest article, and past articles, can be seen here.
The WELL standard provides a comprehensive approach to health ad well-being through seven areas: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Explore the web site for complete details.
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Ewa Bieniecka, FRAIC, a Montreal architect specializing in conservation and restoration of heritage buildings, îs the 78th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada RAIC).
About 90 guests attended the investiture ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. The keynote speaker was Marie-Josée Lacroix, head of the Design Montreal Bureau, a City of Montreal agency that works to improve design in the city and enhance Montreal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.
Guests included RAIC members, the RAIC board of directors, representatives from government, universities, organizations with interest in the built environment, and allied professionals.
“It is time to reflect on how ideas about the built environment become widely accepted and ingrained in our culture,” Ms. Bieniecka said in her investiture speech. She observed that Expo ’67, the world’s fair held in Montreal in 1967 and famous for its architecture, left a lasting impression on her and is regarded as a major national achievement. “Expo 67 brought architecture, art, design and technology together,” said Ms. Bieniecka. “It was an event that left behind a significant material and imaginative legacy to Canada’s culture.”
Fifty years later, “as architects, we must continue to investigate the relationship between architecture and the culture that shapes and is shaped by it,” she said. “We will work together to demonstrate that architecture is at the service of the well-being of people; that it awakens the senses, and stimulates the imagination.”
In her keynote address, Ms. Lacroix said that design is central to a city’s image and how it works.
“In this respect, cities have a duty to ensure quality and exemplary design in all their initiatives on public property,” she said. “Beyond this duty, they can make themselves much more attractive and competitive at a time when there is tremendous rivalry to attract investment.”
“I will continue to build and support this and other programs such as the Committee for Regenerative Environments, Aging-in-Place task force and the Emerging Practitioners group,” said Ms. Bieniecka. “We are well positioned to address today’s increasing priorities: the environment, health, and sustainability.”
Written by Rob Roy, who has been researching and teaching about cordwood masonry for 40 years, Cordwood Building covers various wall-building methods and new mortar options to electrical wiring and code compliance, and augmented by fresh case studies from around the world. More than a dozen new chapters cover the array of innovations in cordwood construction since the book was first released nearly 15 years ago. Paperback, 288 pages, $19.45, ISBN: 9780865718289.
MAFCOHOUSE is a contemporary building system that harks back to the architecture of Richard Neutra and Pierre Koenig but which also meets the environmental aspirations of today’s clients and building codes.
“Using 16-foot [4.8m] modules means that we can effectively juggle boxes to see how they will best fit into a site, with the least disruption,” says founder Dan Molenaar. “Taking into account orientation to the sun, topography and required setbacks from water bodies, we design a one-or two-storey building that sits lightly within the landscape.
”This starting grid of industry-standard size ensures that materials are available off-the-shelf and used with the minimum of waste. The hard coat, triple-glazed walls, the inspiration for this house design, are typically 8-feet [2.4m] high and manufactured by Inline Fiberglass
Blown-in-blanket [BIB] Insulation guarantees that nonglazed walls achieve R-32 and roofs achieve R-50; while concrete basements and crawl spaces are externally insulated with rigid foam.
Most projects use a geo-exchange combined heating/cooling system utilizing a lake loop Radiant floor or forced-air systems operate using heat generated via the lake loop and heat exchange system; even waste heat from grey water is captured and reused.
Forbo Flooring Systems’ renewed Marmoleum Striato collection presents exciting linear floor designs in a complete palette of colours, and eight beautiful, embossed Textura designs. The organic Flow and Driftwood patterns of Textura add tactility and movement to the floor. Marmoleum Striato coordinates beautifully with the other collections of Marmoleum sheet and tile, providing natural, healthy, and durable flooring solutions for healthcare, education, government, corporate and retail facilities.
Made from natural, renewable ingredients, Marmoleum Striato is 100% biobased, and features inherent antimicrobial and antistatic properties that improve indoor air quality and resist bacteria growth without chemical additives. Marmoleum Striato’s sustainable, water-based Topshield 2 finish provides occupancy-ready installation and exceptional performance against soiling, staining, scratching and scuffing. While non-renewable floor coverings may be permanently damaged, Marmoleum floor can easily and cost-effectively be renewed, and has a service life of of 30 years.
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