The eight projects selected in the 2013 Canadian Green Building Awards are among the most exemplary sustainably-designed buildings in Canada. Our thanks to our jurors for their diligence, and to our sponsors whose support make the Awards possible. We especially thank all those who entered the 2013 Awards. Your participation is helping to advance ideas of improved building design for the betterment of the Canadian public.  

THANKS TO OUR 2013 JURY [left to right]

Linda Chapman Architect, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP - One of the leading eco-architects in eastern Ontario for the past 20 years.

Russell Acton ARCHITECT AIBC, AAA, SAA, OAA, FRAIC - Principal of Acton Ostry Architects, established in Vancouver in 1992.

Dr. Guido Wimmers - Specialist for energy efficient and environmentally- friendly architecture and Co-Director of the Canadian Passive House Institute.

Stephen Pope, OAA, FRAIC - Sustainable Building Design Specialist with CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada, and an architect concerned with green buildings and sustainable energy.

 2013 WINNING PROJECTS

GEORGIA GREEN ECO 4-PLEX - Vancouver, BC

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  • Architect  SHAPE Architecture Inc.
  • General contractor  Econ Construction
  • Structural engineer  Fast + Epp
  • Mechanical engineer  AME Group
  • Electrical engineer  Nemetz [S/A] & Associates Ltd.
  • Sustainability and LEED Consultant  E3 Eco Group Inc.   
  • Commissioning agent  Terra Mechanical
  • Photos  Eric Scott Photography www.ericscottphotography.com

Jury Comment - This project was notable for the quality of its planning and for the impressive energy performance numbers. The refined aesthetics, the clever circulation system and the beautifully laid out and light-filled interiors make this a welcome addition to a rather bland and banal residential neighbourhood. The superior building envelope, including high-performance windows, are indicative of the considered approach to passive design, focusing more on the reduction of energy loads than on state-of-the-art energy technology.

 

 


 THROUGH HOUSE - Toronto, ON

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  • Architect  DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design
  • General Contractor  DDF European Design
  • Landscape Design  DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design
  • Softscape  Holbrook & Associates
  • Structural Engineer  Blackwell Structural Engineers
  • Photos  10 Frame Handles

Jury Comments - A simple and elegant renovation/addition that combines beautiful design with impressive energy performance. The straightforward approaches taken to daylight and natural ventilation are indicative of how the many green strategies are deftly interwoven into the architecture. Located in a neighbourhood of modest, late 19th century worker housing, this project demonstrates the potential for this typology to provide a sustainable, ground oriented and cost effective alternative to the high-rise condominium.

 

 


 

ALGONQUIN CENTRE FOR CONSTRUCTION EXCELLENCE - Ottawa, ON

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  • LEED Consultant/Durability consultant  Halsall Associates
  • Geotechnical Consultant  Alston Associates Inc.
  • Code Consultant  LMDG Code Consultants Ltd.
  • Photos  Tom Arban
  • Owner/developer  Algonquin College
  • Architects in Joint Venture  Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates
  • General Contractor  Ellis Don
  • Curtain wall and windows  Ottawa Valley Glass
  • Landscape Architect  Gino j. Aiello Landscape Architect
  • Civil Engineer  Delcan Corporation
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer  Goodkey Weedmark Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer  Halsall Associates
  • Commissioning Agent  Nova Commissioning Services Ltd.

Jury comment - This LEED Platinum project was particularly strong in its  combination of energy performance and architectural quality. The project incorporates several well considered green strategies including green roof and solar shading. The jury also felt that the design team had taken full advantage of the program, a school for a new generation of sustainable construction trades, by making the building itself a powerful educational tool.

 

 


 

STATION No 1 HOUSING CO-OP - Montral, QC

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  • Owner/Developer  Coopérative d’habitation Station no1
  • Architect  Ædifica architecture + design
  • General Contractor  Groupe Dargis
  • Civil Engineer  Desjardins expert conseil
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer  Desjardins expert conseil
  • Structural Engineer  Séguin Ingenierie
  • Commissioning Agent  Ædifica Consultants
  • Photos  Daniel Kudish

Jury comment - A very nice rehabilitation of an existing industrial building, in keeping
with the Montreal tradition of inner city renewal. Retention of the existing urban fabric helps maintain social continuity. Artfully placed additions to the existing structure support the creation of a cohesive community. Good energy performance numbers indicate that considerable attention has also been paid to passive design strategies and detailing of the building envelope. An excellent response to a challenging program.

 

 


 

THE BELMONT | BUILDING ENVELOPE RENEWAL - Vancouver, BC

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  • Owner  Strata Plan VR 1647
  • Consultant  RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
  • Photos  RDH Building Engineering Ltd. [taken by various RDH staff], and Paul Grdina Photography

Jury comment - The project represents an important collaboration between a number of stakeholders including the federal government, provincial government,
utility companies and engineering consultants to address one of the more pressing problems in the built environment. The jury was impressed with how the design team turned the envelope renewal on this 1980s building into an opportunity. They took a
systematic approach to recladding that has increased the value of the asset both through improved aesthetics and enhanced energy performance. The cladding eliminates the thermal bridging inherent in steel stud construction and offers a solution that could be transferred to literally thousands of other similar projects.

 

 


 

UNIVERCITY CHILDCARE - Burnaby, BC 

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  • Owner/developer  SFU Community Trust
  • Architect  Hughes Condon Marler Architects
  • Structural Engineer  Fast + Epp
  • Mechanical Engineer  Integral Group
  • Electrical Engineer  MMM Group
  • Landscape Architect  space2place Design Inc.
  • Civil Engineer  AECOM
  • General Contractor  Ledcor
  • Photos  Martin Tessler Photographer

Jury comment - A project notable for its modesty, but which at the same time is warm and inviting in its materiality and use of natural daylight. The interiors are beautiful, the surrounding landscaping makes for an appealing playspace, and the performance numbers for energy and water are particularly impressive. The directness of the design approach and the simplicity of the environmental systems offers a level of confidence that net zero performance can be maintained over time. All and all an engaging environment in which future generations can learn about sustainability.

 

 


 

NOVA SCOTIA POWER HEADQUARTERS - Halifax, NS

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  • Commissioning agent  CFMS Consulting Inc.
  • LEED Consultant  Enermodal Engineering
  • Photos  Greg Richardson, WZMH Architects and Tom Arban
  • Owner/developer  NSPI - Nova Scotia Power Inc.
  • Architect  WZMH Architects
  • Associate Architect  Fowler Bauld and Mitchell Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer  BMR Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical/electrical Engineer  M&R Engineering Limited
  • Civil engineer  Terrain Group Inc.
  • Landscape Architect  Gordon Ratcliffe Landscape Architects
  • Interiors  Figure3 - Interior Design
  • General Contractor  Aecon Atlantic Group

 

Jury comment - The transformation of a coal-fired power station on the Halifax harbour to a commercial building employing 600 people made for a compelling story of environmental, economic and social sustainability. These broad ambitions were reinforced with impressive energy performance, good use of natural light and an
innovative envelope upgrade. The project acknowledges its industrial past in the scale and character of the atrium space, and offers public access to the waterfront where none existed before.

 

 


 

COUNTY OF SIMCOE ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE EXPANSION - Midhurst, ON

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  • Owner/developer  Simcoe County
  • Architects  Teeple Architects in joint venture with Ted Handy and Associates
  • General contractor  Percon Construction
  • Structural Engineers  Tacoma Engineers
  • Landscape architect  Stefan Bolliger and Associates
  • Civil engineer  Skelton Brumwell
  • Electrical/mechanical engineer  Smith + Andersen
  • LEED Consultant  Zon Engineering Inc.
  • Commissioning Agent  Hunter Facilities Management
  • Photos  Scott Norsworthy

Jury comment - The jury was charmed by the clever plan and the aesthetics of this project that succeeded in integrating the existing and new portions of the building into a cohesive whole. The sinuous form, wrapping around the existing cross-form typology, creates a series of courtyards that ensure ample natural light throughout the building. The jury also liked the simple approach and the absence of technical gadgetry. The project demonstrates the kind of leadership we should expect from our municipalities.