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REGISTER NOW to receive your Entry Kit for the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards.
With nine submission categories, the Awards is a great opportunity to have your work recognized and published in SABMag, and on the SABMag web site and newsletter. Eligible projects must have been substantially completed between January 1, 2015 and February 28, 2018. If you entered a project last year, enter it again. A different jury can bring different results. An entry fee applies only when you make your submission. Deadline for submissions March 9, 2018.
- 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 in Toronto early June.
The return in benefits is more than double sponsor investment. See details here. Contact Don Griffith at 1-800-520-6281, x304; email@example.com.
Winter 2017/18 SABMag packed with building examples, the 2018 Product Directory, and ‘Next Gen’ sustainability
The just-published Winter 2017/18 issue of SABMag covers four building projects, one being the first net-zero labelled home in Canada, the best types of plants to use in vegetated roofs, an interview with Brian Eberle of Euroshield about roofing recycled from tires, and examples of sustainable design from the next generation of design professionals. The issue is anchored by the 2018 Canadian Directory of Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building – a great resource to search quickly for many types of products.
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.
In radiant systems water circulating through PEX piping embedded in a concrete floor affects the temperature of the concrete thermal mass to control the comfort level of interior spaces. More details of how the system works and can be designed are found at: https://www.uponor.ca/ca-landing.aspx, and https://www.uponor.ca/commercial-radiant-floor-heating-and-cooling/building-owner/applications.aspx
SABMag's new 2018 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building is organized by Product Category and by LEED Category according to LEED v4. The Directory also offers a quick view of the structure of LEED v4, courtesy of our partner Ecospex, and is a quick reference for finding products. Examples of featured listings include:
- Wishbone Site Furnishings, and
The Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] reports that Canada has once again ranked second in the annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED list. Curated by the U.S. Green Building Council, the creators of the LEED green building program, the list shows Canada at 2,970 LEED certified projects totaling more than 40.77 million gross square metres of space. China tops the list at 47.16 million gross square metres of space.
The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED certified gross square metres as of December 31, 2017, and represents 6,657 certified projects totaling more than 158 million gross square metres. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the world’s most widely used green building program with projects in more than 167 countries and territories, with more than 205,800 gross square metres of space certifying every day.
The Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] has launched the 2018 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award competition. Product submissions are assessed based on: sustainability, transparency and verification, innovation, and application. Full criteria can be found by visiting the Award webpage. Entrants to the competition must be a National CaGBC member to apply, and the product must be manufactured or designed in Canada to be eligible [services and software are not eligible]. Deadline to submit is February 13, 2018. The Award is sponsored by UL Environment, an independent product safety testing, certification and inspection organization.
The top three entrants will be asked to provide a short video about their product that will be shown to delegates at Building Lasting Change 2018, CaGBC’s National Conference and Showcase, taking place this year from June 5 to 7 at Toronto’s Beanfield Centre. The winner will be presented with the award at the Leadership Awards Gala in Toronto on June 6. The winner also gains the right to use the CaGBC Product of the Year crest on its marketing materials and product website. This crest is only available to one winning project each year, making it an exclusive signifier of a truly green product.
Winners will also have a detailed case study on the CaGBC website. Potential applicants can view the submittal process and more about the Award by visiting the Product of the Year webpage, or by beginning the application process here.
- Renée Rietveld, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.