SABMAG ISSUE 59  |  RAIC Festival Highlights in Saint John

This year’s Festival of Architecture takes place May 30 to June 2 in the popular tourist destination of Saint John, New Brunswick, located on the shores of the famous Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides.

Festival 2018 is a great chance to combine a conference and a mini-vacation. As a port and the oldest incorporated city in Canada [1785], Saint John is packed with historical highlights, natural wonders and beautifully preserved 19th-century architecture. It’s also known for cultural attractions, parks, and charming streets lined with restaurants, galleries, and shops.
Co-hosted by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada [RAIC] and the Architects’ Association of New Brunswick [AANB], the four-day event offers a wide range of continuing education sessions, inspiring speakers, keynotes, parties, recreational offerings and a trade show.

Delegates can earn continuing education credits and learn from subject matter experts on topics ranging from community engagement, BIM, talent management, and strategies for heritage structures, to accessibility, waterfront development, age-friendly housing and more.

Sessions that focus on sustainability include a tour to the University of New Brunswick’s new Kinesiology Building, one of the few projects in North America designed to the new WELL standard. Another presentation, on the University of British Columbia’s green building plan, will explore ecological biodiversity, human health and wellbeing, and climate change adaptation as they relate to architectural design. Also on sustainability, the founding director of the Canadian Passive House Institute, Andrea Frisque, and certified Passive House designer Marc Trudeau, will demonstrate how to achieve commercially viable Net Zero Carbon design.

In addition, two remarkable keynote speakers will travel to Saint John.

Diébédo Francis Kéré is a Berlin-based architect from Burkina Faso and the designer of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London. With projects across Africa and in Europe, China and India, Kéré is known for combining traditional building techniques and materials with modern engineering methods. Kéré’s first project, a primary school in his home village, won the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Odile Decq is an award-winning French architect, urban planner, and academic who recently started an architecture school. Founder of the Paris firm Studio Odile Decq, her portfolio ranges from art galleries and museums to social housing and infrastructure. The Architectural Review awarded Decq the Jane Drew Prize fin 2016 for promoting the role of women in architecture, calling her “a creative powerhouse, spirited breaker of rules and advocate of equality.”

Green Building Initiative Acquires Global Rights to Green Globes

The U.S.-based non-profit Green Building Initiative [GBI] announced earlier this week that it has completed acquisition of the global rights to Green Globes®, a leading sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. This acquisition from JLL now allows GBI to support existing Green Globes users in Canada, in addition to the United States, and to expand the reach of the rating system globally.

GBI has experienced significant growth over the last two years and has certified 1,594 buildings or almost 300 million square feet of real estate since its founding in 2004—1,328 buildings through its Green Globes program and 266 buildings through its Guiding Principles Compliance program for U.S. government buildings. GGBI has established a Canadian non-profit subsidiary—GB Initiative Canada—to support the growth and previously established use of Green Globes in the Canadian marketplace.

GBCI Canada launches to accelerate green building market transformation

The Green Business Certification Inc. [GBCI] and the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] have launched the joint venture - CBCI Canada - to accelerate green building market transformation in Canada, which is the second largest market for LEED outside of the U.S. GBCI Canada enables the Canadian industry to leverage new opportunities to validate enhanced building performance and increase emissions reductions, operational savings and human health benefits.

GBCI Canada exclusively administers project certifications within the framework of the LEED green building rating systems, as well as the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative [SITES] for land use, Parksmart for parking structures, TRUE Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project [ICP] for energy efficiency retrofits, and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.

Nellie Cheng will also join GBCI Canada as its Managing Director. Cheng brings three decades of experience, including working with GBCI, the World Green Building Council and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission.

Enwave Deep Lake Cooling expands in Toronto

Allied Properties REIT, Enwave Energy Corporation and RioCan REIT have joined forces to extend Enwave's existing Deep Lake Water Cooling and hot water distribution networks by building a new energy storage facility housed at The Well in Toronto.

A mixed-use residential, commercial and retail development by RioCan and Allied located in Toronto's downtown west, The Well features 1.1 million square feet of office space, 500,000 square feet of retail and food service space, and 1,800 residential units. Construction on The Well commenced in 2017.

The thermal energy storage facility consists of two 6-million-litre tanks underneath The Well. The tanks will store temperature-controlled water fed by Enwave's existing Deep Lake Water Cooling system and a newly developed high-efficiency hot water network.
It will expand the existing system's capacity with the ability to serve over 20 million square feet of commercial, retail and residential space.

As an anchor site, the installation will serve The Well community, and buildings in neighbouring areas, providing the first low-carbon, resilient cooling and heating option for the downtown west community.

This project will provide long-term benefits for the City of Toronto and support its focus on resiliency and carbon emission reduction. By decentralizing energy supply and reducing the load on the electricity grid, particularly during periods of peak demand, it enables a more reliable and flexible source of energy. [Graphic courtesy Allied Properties REIT, Enwave Energy Corporation and RioCan REIT.]

Endeavour Centre offers sustainable building programs

The Endeavour Centre based in Peterborough, ON is offering two new programs this year:
Natural Building Intensive - August 7 – August 31. This one-month course will give participants a chance to construct two small buildings from foundation to finish, and gain experience with just about every natural material/strategy available in this part of the world. Info:

Sustainable Renovations – May 7 to Sept 28. Participants will make a net zero energy, net zero carbon, zero toxin and zero waste renovation to an urban lane way garage to turn it into healthy and efficient living space. Info:

Lafarge to use residuals from water treatment to make cement

Lafarge Canada Inc. and Metro Vancouver have reached a three-year agreement to use water treatment residuals from the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant as material in cement manufacturing, and thus become part of the circular economy. The residuals are the solids removed during the drinking water filtration process, and consist of materials from the source water [sediments and naturally occurring elements] and treatment chemicals [coagulants and polymers]. They contain a chemical profile that mimics that of red shale, a virgin aggregate input required as a raw material in cement manufacturing.

The agreement means that fewer virgin materials would be needed to be mined, while residuals would be kept out of the landfill. LafargeHolcim’s Global 2030 Sustainability Plan calls for increased waste-derived resources to be used in its manufacturing processes. The agreement with Metro Vancouver represents a minimum of 10,000 tonnes per year. Info:

Canada Green Building Council sets 2030 Roadmap for $32B Retrofit Economy

A new report published by the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] has set out a series of comprehensive actions for industry, non-profit organizations and governments to build a world-leading  retrofit economy by 2030 that improves the performance of existing buildings and creates new economic opportunities for Canadians. The report,  A Roadmap for Retrofits: Building Strong Market Infrastructure for the Retrofit Economy, states that the environmental and economic potential of Canada’s retrofit economy cannot be developed by governments alone – it requires industry leadership and innovative market-based mechanisms to generate and sustain results.

The report calls on private financiers, pension funds, insurers, and other financial intermediaries to develop retrofit lending products [like the Investor Confidence Project] and standardized commercial contracts that foster building owner and financier confidence in deep retrofit projects. It encourages building owners to disclose building energy and carbon performance, and to share data on the performance of their retrofit projects in order to help the retrofit economy evolve.

The Report calls on governments at all levels to leverage their own significant building portfolios to demonstrate the value of retrofit projects, co-invest in education and training with industry to build skills, and undertake smart regulatory and program interventions to attract private-sector capital to projects. Info:

One-page case studies tell more

Metl-Span® Insulated Metal Panels contribute to envelope upgrade
Read how Metl-Span’s CF Architectural insulated metal panels vastly improved the building envelope performance of the 32-hectare, 102,000 sq.m open-air Deerfoot City Mall in Calgary, while reducing installation time and bringing a vibrant new look to the façade. Read more here:

Schluter’s floor warming system combines sound control and thermal break
DITRA-HEAT-DUO by Schluter reduces sound transmission in addition to warming the floor and fully supporting the covering to ensure a lasting installation. Designed mainly for the concrete construction of condos,  it's the first electric floor warming system with an integrated thermal break and sound control. Read more here:

 Improving Certification for Precast Concrete Producers

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI] and the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association [CCPPA] have announced a new certification program which will take the place of two existing ones. The new Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance Certification Program will be more effective, independent, transparent, and provide clarity. and visit the new website at:




SABMAG ISSUE 58  |  RAIC report By Angie Sauvé
RAIC Member Communications Specialist

A national voice for architecture

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada [RAIC] is Canada’s national advocacy association for architects and architecture. Over the past year, the RAIC and its members have worked on issues concerning fees, contracts and selection processes as well as sustainability, heritage and reconciliation with Indigenous people.

As a national body, the RAIC spreads the message that architecture matters through the involvement of its members, among them architects, graduate architects, academics, interns, students, retirees and allied professionals.

In 2017, the RAIC joined with architecture organizations around the world to reaffirm a commitment to the Paris Agreement to mitigate global warming through good design. It made recommendations on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change; and appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources with recommendations for transitioning to a low carbon economy.

Also in 2017, the RAIC Indigenous Task Force held Canada’s first International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium. It was at the symposium that a group of members decided to make a proposal for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale; it was accepted, and they will represent Canada with a project called UNCEDED.

As an association of peers, the RAIC brings together people who study complex issues and develop targeted and insightful approaches to affect change. RAIC members lend their expertise to groups such as the Age-Friendly Housing Options task force, the Committee of Regenerative Environments, and the RAIC Emerging Practitioners, who are focused on the interests of students, interns and newly licensed architects. Members also have access to practice support services designed to support success, including online resources, practice support documents and quality continuing education. The widely recognized MRAIC designation of members is a symbol of commitment to the profession.

The work continues in 2018 with support from RAIC members and partners. A new year signals membership renewal time. If you’re a member, you know what to do; renew membership quickly and easily by logging into your account at If you are not yet a member and want to learn more about how your membership amplifies the voice for architects and architecture, visit or email

One-page case studies tell more

More information on the Salus Clementine Passive House project and the Humber River Hospital project, both published in the Fall issue of SABMag, can be found in concise one-page case studies from Legalett and LiveRoof Ontario, respectively.

The Legalett case study describes how its GEO-Passive Slab used in the Salus Clementine Passive House insulates the underside of the concrete to isolate it from the surrounding earth to avoid moisture issues, and spread the bearing load.

The LiveRoof Ontario case study describes how the vegetated roof on the Humber River Hospital was planned and executed, and the benefits it brings to patient health and to hospital finances.

A third case study by Metl-Span® Insulated Metal Panels describes how its exterior  panels - 3,100 sq ft of 2.5” CF Architectural Flat Panel 36” Width in custom Green and 7,000 sq ft of 2.5” CF Architectural Flat Panel 36” Width in custom White - provide a high-performance envelope and a sleek, aesthetic appeal to the headquarters of Innovations in Transportation Inc. [INIT], the world leader in developing and supplying integrated ITS [intelligent transportation systems] and ticketing systems for public transportation.

CF Architectural Flat Panels
INIT Case Study

EcoSpex Toolkits provide AEC professionals up-to-date information on requirements for Sustainable Buildings/healthier buildings

The five Toolkits from Ecospex, consisting of a suite of 33 technical documents, support building project timelines to include the following: 

  • 1. Pre-design,
  • 2. Design,
  • 3. Construction

The Toolkits, three of which are ready now: Toolkits 1, 3 and 4, allow AEC professionals to manage the design process by reducing time and errors, and increasing efficiency and cost savings. Each document comes with a set of instructions, and each set of documents is standardized.


The Table below is a brief excerpt from Toolkit 1: LEED 2009 vs LEED v4 Comparison Matrix which gives a comprehensive and concise comparison of LEED "old ' and 'new'. The comparison spread sheets can be printed for easy reference in the office.
Toolkit 4: Specification Language for Achieving LEED v4 Credits gives guidance on where LEED v4 has changed in spec language. Both Toolkit 1 and 4 are available for $300 each, or both for $500 [plus tax] from