Issue 18 - July | August 2009


SAB Awards | review of the six winning projects

The second national green building awards recognizes six projects

The SAB Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of new and renovated Canadian buildings and interiors of all types based on criteria of sustainable design, architectural excellence and technical innovation.

The jury of the 2009 SAB Canadian Green Building Awards has recognized six buildings from Quebec, Ontario and BC that point the way to the future of sustainable building in Canada.

The jurors were: Andre Perrotte, OAQ, AAPPQ, OAA, FRAIC, Principal Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, Montreal;
Vivian Manasc, MAAA, MAIBC, MBA, FRAIC, LEED AP, Principal, Manasc Isaac Architects, Edmonton;
Dermot J. Sweeny, B.ES, B.Arch, OAA, AAA, MRAIC, Principal, Sweeny, Sterling, Finlayson & Co. Architects, Toronto


Triffo Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton

A fine example of a design that preserves the historic fabric of a heritage building while maximizing its flexibility of use. It incorporates  rainwater capture and re-use, and high performance heating »  Read more

aquaquest - the marilyn blusson learning centre, Vancouver Aquarium

This simple, thoughtful building intensifies the density of the site and achieves good energy and water conservation.  » Read more

dockside green phase 1 "synergy", Victoria

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.  »  Read more

Pointe Valaine Community Centre, Otterburn Park, QC

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." »  Read more

Crawford bay, Elementary-secondary scool,  Crawford Bay, BC

The school is an exemplary example of modest sustainable design that any small community can achieve. The interior is beautiful. Natural light enters through single-loaded corridors, clerestory windows at interior classrooms,  » Read more

artscape, wychwood barns,

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 » Read more





tech note: tomorrow's buildings: The Living building challenge 

When LEED was first launched about 10 years ago, it filled a huge void in the marketplace because it provided both an effective definition of a green building, and a means to measure green building performance in a » Read more

the cagbc "every building can be green" national summit

Information, inspiration, and enthousiasm for the future

The overriding conclusion that one could bring from the 2009 Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] National Summit June 9-11 » Read more