JUNE 2017

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[1] Winning projects of the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards announced
[2] Latest digital-version issues of SABMag and BC FOCUS just released
[3] Latest SABMag Continuing Education Course covers Energy Retrofits
[4] Case study: CREST® modulating-condensing boilers cut energy intensity at Sheridan College
[5] CaGBC launches Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard 

[6] New 2017 SABMag Directory adapted to LEED v4
[7] Canada Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. announce partnership to accelerate the mission of green building
[8] Award winning Gare Fluvial [Ferry Terminal] combines economy and elegance
[9] Adaptive re-use: Interview with Alex Speigel of Windmill Developments
[10] News from our partners:


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Winning projects of the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards announced


The winning projects of the 10th annual 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards, a program hosted by Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag] in collaboration with the Canada Green Building Council,  were announced on May 30 in Vancouver to kick off the opening of the CaGBC’s annual national conference, Building Lasting Change. The winners represent some of the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada.

Projects were awarded in nine categories and can be seen here.

Our special thanks to our sponsors: National Sponsors the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute and Masonite Architectural; and Category Sponsors Altex, Uponor and Inline Fiberglass.

Photo: Mark Thompson Brandt, MTBA Associates Inc. [left] and Glenn Burwell NORR Architects & Engineers receive the Existing Building Upgrade Award for the Sir John A. Macdonald Building from National Sponsor Masonite Architectural represented by General Manager Canada Jennifer McGill.


Latest digital-version issues of SABMag and BC FOCUS just released

The digital versions of the Summer Canadian Green Building Awards issue of SABMag and the CaGBC BC Chapter Spring FOCUS are available now. The print copies were mailed in early June.

SABMag contains the profiles of the nine winning projects, a supplement from the Concrete Council of Canada on building climate resistant communities, and an interview with Alex Speigel of Windmill Developments on adaptive re-use.

The BC FOCUS profiles BC-based building projects, such as the Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Centre, CaGBC’s new Zero Carbon Framework, and more.

Latest SABMag Continuing Education Course covers Energy Retrofits

The latest Continuing Education Course from SABMag entitled, ‘Energy Retrofits: Comparing Active and Passive Strategies’, covers the energy retrofit of a 9,100 sq.m 1980s building at Humber College in Toronto. It describes how the client and design team selected retrofit packages from several options, including both building envelope and HVAC system upgrades. 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.

Case study: CREST® modulating-condensing boilers cut energy intensity at Sheridan College

A new one-page case study describes how the Hazel McCallion Campus expansion at Sheridan College is projecting an annual energy intensity of 96 kWh/m2, among the lowest for academic institutions in the country, which will be partly achieved through the use of CREST® modulating-condensing boilers by Lochinvar®

The CREST® fire-tube boiler technology integrated with its SMART TOUCH™ operating control will help to deliver exceptional energy-saving performance to the campus. Read the Case Study.

CaGBC launches Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard

The Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] has launched Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard, which applies to many types of new and existing buildings and makes carbon reductions the key indicator for building performance.

The Standard’s focus on carbon is crucial, as the most important factor in the carbon footprint of a building is often not energy performance, but the carbon intensity of the local electrical grid and the fossil fuels used. Recognizing these differences is therefore critical to assessing impacts and guiding investments in energy efficiency, heating technologies, and renewable energy.

The Zero Carbon Building Standard is part of a larger CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Initiative that was created to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

It was developed by CaGBC and Integral Group, in extensive consultation with representatives from over 50 industry organizations, utilities, governments and companies across Canada. CaGBC is also working with 16 of Canada’s most sustainable projects in the Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program. The participating projects will inform further development of the Standard and accompanying resources and education.

The Standard can be downloaded at cagbc.org/zerocarbon. Project registration for the Standard will open September 5, along with full pricing and additional program details.

New 2017 SABMag Directory adapted to LEED v4

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: Inline Fiberglass, LiteZone Glass Inc., Pollard Windows inc., and View Dynamic Glass.

Canada Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. announce partnership to accelerate the mission of green building

The CaGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. [GBCI] have signed an agreement in principle to form a Canadian joint venture called Green Business Certification Inc. Canada [GBCI Canada], with final terms anticipated to be agreed upon this summer.

Beginning in early 2018, GBCI Canada will deliver all of the current and future GBCI offerings including certification and professional credentialing services for LEED v4, WELL, SITES, PEER, Parksmart, Zero Waste and GRESB in Canada. The new organization is being established to more effectively support the Canadian market.

Both organizations will be managed by CaGBC President and CEO, Thomas Mueller, to ensure seamless integration and the effective advancement of both organizations. CaGBC will continue to certify all LEED Canada projects. GBCI Canada will deliver LEED v4 and all GBCI rating systems via LEED Online and Arc, using Canadian staff and knowledge to provide support.

The new venture will facilitate the growth of USGBC’s LEED program and GBCI rating systems and provide additional on-the-ground support for the country. Information: cagbc.org/GBCICanada.

Award winning Gare Fluvial [Ferry Terminal] combines economy and elegance

The new 1,372 m2 Lévis ferry terminal, located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River across from Quebec City, is a key component in the rehabilitation and revitalization of the city’s former industrial quayside. Designed by Gagnon Letellier Cyr Ricard Mathieu & Associés Architectes and a winner in the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards, the development also includes a large urban park, that gives the public direct access to the shoreline.

The building incorporates numerous sustainable design strategies including: a high-performance building envelope; high-efficiency mechanical systems with ventilation heat recovery; an exposed wood structure sourced from Forest Stewardship Council [FSC]; low albedo roof finishes; high percentages of regional and recycled materials; and water conservation measures for plumbing and landscape irrigation. Read the full article.

Adaptive re-use: Interview with Alex Speigel of Windmill Developments

Alex Speigel, partner at Windmill Developments, believes that the greenest buildings are actually conversions. With Arch Lofts [www.archlofts.com], they’re transforming a century-old church into condos in a downtown area of Toronto known as the Junction Triangle. Read the interview.


News from our partners

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Forbo renews biobased Marmoleum Striato collection



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.

Forbo Flooring Systems is the global market leader in commercial floor covering solutions. Marmoleum, our flagship brand, owns a global linoleum market share of over 60%, while Flotex dominates the rapidly growing flocked flooring market with over 90% global market share. In addition to linoleum-based products, Forbo develops, manufactures and markets a diversity of high quality vinyl and textile floor coverings and Coral & Nuway entrance system solutions. Read more ...

New guide for energy-efficient building design


The thermal performance of buildings plays an important and increasingly significant role in the energy efficiency requirements contained in Canadian building codes. Understanding and meeting these requirements has also become increasingly complex for building designers. CPCI’s new guide, Meeting and Exceeding Building Code Thermal Performance Requirements, is a crucial resource for all designers, architects, engineers and building professionals, especially in the early stages of designing a building.