MARCH 2017

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[1] Sponsor the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards for year-long benefits
[2] Winners of 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards to be announced May 30
[3] New 2017 SABMag Directory adapted to LEED v4
 [4] Latest SABMag Continuing Education Course covers Interior Environments that support Human Health

[5] Interview with CaGBC’s Mark Hutchinson on the Council’s new Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative
[6] Concrete Council offering seminars on thermal performance of buildings
[7] New book: Making Urban Nature
[8] King Edward Villa: Innovative thinking derives maximum benefit from construction budget
[9] News from our partners:


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  Sponsor the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards for year-long benefits

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.

Contact Don Griffith at 1-800-520-6281, x304; dgriffith@sabmagazine.com


Winners of 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards to be announced May 30

The jury of the  2017 Canadian Green Building Awards [l to r]: Keith Tufts, Lydon Lynch Architects;  Johanna Hurme, 5468796 architecture; Steve Kemp, RDH Building Science; and Rodney Wilts, Windmill Development Group, Ltd.

The winning projects of the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards will be presented on May 30 in Vancouver to kick off the opening of the CaGBC’s annual national conference, Building Lasting Change, which runs from May 30 to June 1 [www.cagbc.org/blc2017 ]. This is a great occasion to see some of the most leading-edge, high-performance buildings in Canada and to network with design professionals. You need not be registered for the conference to attend the Awards presentation. For details: dgriffith@sabmagazine.com

New 2017 SABMag Directory adapted to LEED v4

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:  Wishbone site furnishings, Alumicor Building Products, Bailey Metal Products, and Dryvit Systems Canada.

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Latest SABMag Continuing Education Course covers Interior Environments that support Human Health

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.

Interview with CaGBC’s Mark Hutchinson on the Council’s new Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative


Mark Hutchinson, Vice Presidentof Green Building Programs at the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC], is heading up the Council’s new Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative which could affect how we design and operate buildings in the coming years.

1. What does the CaGBC hope to achieve with the Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative?
The CaGBC launched the Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative in 2016 to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. CaGBC believes that a zero carbon approach to new construction can play an important role in meeting Canada’s GHG reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, saving 7.5 megatonnes of GHG emissions annually. Further reductions will come from our stock of existing buildings.
 2. This sounds like a big project with many facets. How have you organized it to achieve meaningful results?
The first stage of this work involved consultation with approximately 50 individuals representing 40 organizations in the building sector, in order to develop a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, which was released in November 2016. The final Framework facilitates broad participation across a range of building types and sizes, provides a clear definition for zero carbon buildings, and establishes five key components for the evaluation of building carbon footprints. More details can be found at www.cagbc.org/zerocarbon.

In early February 2017, CaGBC launched the Zero Carbon Pilot Program, a two-year immersion program for developers and designers striving to achieve zero carbon in new or existing buildings across Canada. The program is designed to recognize excellence and leadership as well as to inform the development of tools, policies and pathways to accelerate market transformation. The results will assist CaGBC in identifying opportunities to refine the Zero Carbon Building verification program before it is released into the marketplace.

The Zero Carbon Building verification program is being designed concurrently with the pilot program and will include specific methodologies for assessing carbon and other key metrics. The program will be launched by CaGBC at the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit on May 30, 2017 in Vancouver, being held in conjunction with our annual national conference, Building Lasting Change, which runs from May 30 to June 1. Visit www.cagbc.org/blc2017 for more information on both events.

3. With the Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative is the CaGBC moving beyond its main role as the representative of the LEED rating system in Canada?
The LEED rating system is still a core component of our work as the leading organization representing the voice of green and sustainable building in Canada. We have worked extremely hard over the past 14 years to expand the reach and positive impact of green building across Canada, and the success of our work has been due, in large part, to the LEED rating system and its growth.

Going forward, LEED is still a key focus for CaGBC. LEED provides a holistic assessment of the different interrelated aspects of green building, including health and wellness. What’s more, LEED v4 deals with GHG emissions more aggressively and comprehensively than ever before, including updated requirements to address transportation to and from buildings, and new requirements to consider the embodied carbon within construction materials and furnishings.

The two programs are very complementary. LEED addresses a range of important issues, and touches on emissions through specific, targeted measures that projects can take; the Zero Carbon Buildings program provides a means of assessing the overall impact of those measures and determining when a building has achieved a zero or even carbon-positive outcome. We will always encourage the industry to go greener, whether that is through LEED v4 or the Zero Carbon Building Standard, with the goal of inciting innovation and affecting real, lasting change – with benefits far beyond the 2030 milestone.

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Concrete Council offering seminars on thermal performance of buildings

The Concrete Council of Canada’s half-day seminar series on thermal performance of buildings, presented across Canada in April and May by RDH Building Science Laboratories, provides up-to-date information on new thermal control requirements [and those on the horizon], and how to meet and exceed these requirements with concrete products and systems solutions. Practical examples will be used to illustrate key decision points and explain why they matter. The seminars qualify for Continuing Education units. Information: http://bit.ly/2mQzYP2

New book: Making Urban Nature

Making Urban Nature, by Dutch publisher www.nai010.com, is an inspirational book of examples about nature-inclusive designing in European cities. It calls for the integration of nature in the designs of buildings and outdoor spaces and includes practical examples and design suggestions.

Because nature-inclusive design is still in its infancy, very little has yet been published on the subject.  Making Urban Nature provides an introduction to the pioneering practice of nature-inclusive design on the basis of both theory and practice. The research is conducted by Bureau Stadsnatuur [Urban Nature Rotterdam], the Dutch National History Museum of Nature and funded by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie [Creative Industries Fund NL]. The authors, Piet Vollaard, Jacques Vink and Niels de Zwarte, see nature as an integral part of the urban organism and highly important to the quality of life in the city, which is fully expressed in the book.  Paperback, 256 p, 20 x 25 cm, 300 illustrations, ISBN 978-94-6208-317-2.

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King Edward Villa: Innovative thinking derives maximum benefit
from construction budget

King Edward Villa is a six-storey mixed-use building in east Vancouver, with the ground floor commercial space and the single-level of underground parking constructed in concrete, and with five storeys of 77 wood-frame rental apartments above. The existing commercial property was rezoned under the City of Vancouver’s ‘Rental 100’ program by which developers benefit from a waiver of community amenity charges and a reduced parking requirement in exchange for a commitment to operate and maintain the project as a rental building for 60 years. This commitment gives developers a keen interest in long-term operating costs, and encourages project proponents to seek low energy solutions that might not currently be considered for market condominiums.

To this end, at the schematic design stage, the construction manager Performance Construction proposed replacing the standard, capital- and maintenance-intensive, hydronic heating system with much less expensive electric baseboard heaters, and applying the cost savings to a suite of envelope upgrades that would greatly reduce energy demand. The proposal was accepted by the City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Group, which has the discretion to approve low-energy buildings that perform significantly better  than the LEED Gold standard prescribed by the Vancouver Building Bylaw.

On the apartment levels, superior envelope performance was  achieved by using two 2×4 stud walls with a 1in. space between them. The entire wall depth is filled with spray-applied cellulose insulation with an R-value of 28. The cellulose eliminates heat transfer by convection and, because it is hygroscopic, provides added insurance against interstitial condensation. Windows and doors are steel reinforced vinyl ‘tilt and turn’ units, with low-e double glazing. The overall window to wall ratio is 32%. Read the full article.

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NEW - Online Quality Precast Concrete Assurance Reporting Program for Specifiers, Owners and AEC Professionals

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute certification program is committed to delivering safe and cost-effective building and infrastructure products to support Canada's growing infrastructure demands. If you are an Owner, Specifier or AEC Professional and have a concern on the quality of the precast from a CPCI certified plant, please download Quality Concern Reporting Form and complete. Return the form to qacadministrator@precastcertification.ca. All concerns are kept confidential within the Quality Assurance Council (QAC). For more information on the CPCI Certification Program.

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