Sustainable design in the regions: latest CaGBC FOCUS publications for BC and Toronto
The latest CaGBC FOCUS publications for BC and Toronto cover local green building projects, events and activities. Toronto FOCUS takes the theme of the Retrofit Economy to help cut emissions by 50%, while the BC FOCUS looks at a new campus Energy Centre using a district hot water distribution loop, the new BC Energy Step Code, recent building projects, and the Green Product of the Year winner.
Digital versions of the FOCUS publications can be seen here:
The PassiveHouse-certified Salus Clementine Building, published in the Fall issue of SABMag, a four-storey, 42-unit residence for people suffering from mental illness, takes Passive House to a larger scale. GEO Passive Slab provided by Legalett insulates the underside of the concrete to isolate it from the surrounding earth avoiding moisture issues, and spreads the bearing load across the surface allowing the slab to also act as a footing. Read the one-page case study for more details.
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:
- Tate Access Floors,
- Ventacity Systems,
- Viessmann, and
The latest Continuing Education Course from SABMag entitled, ‘Universal Design as Social Sustainability’, by Susan Ruptash, Managing Principal of Quadrangle
Architects, covers how accessible design of buildings complements environmental sustainability and social sustainability, to meet 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. The latest article, and past articles, can be seen here.
According to the International Energy Agency, approximately two-thirds of economically feasible global energy efficiency measures have not been implemented. If Canada were to pursue energy efficiency improvements more aggressively, it could reduce its energy consumption by up to 15% by 2035, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report. Key areas for energy savings potential include lighting, space heating, and household electronics for residences, while in the commercial sector, lighting, computer and HVAC equipment hold the most promise.
In Canada, electricity and natural gas utilities are largely responsible for the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the largest efficiency improvements will result from their actions, such as incentive programs to install energy-efficient equipment or appliances, conducting energy audits, and performing energy efficient retrofits. Efficiency measures could also include a broader suite of policy instruments, such as land-use measures, equipment and building performance standards, and renewable subsidies.
Electricity in Canada currently comes from sources that are approximately 80% renewable or very low emissions, and could be near 100% by 2035. The most important contribution energy efficiency gains can make is to reduce the need for hydrocarbons to provide heat. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Marine Gateway Development, a winning project of the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards, is a transit-oriented, mixed-use project located in south Vancouver. It includes two neighbourhood plazas, a 15-storey office, a three-storey retail podium, an 11-screen cinema, and two residential towers of 25- and 35-storeys. Integral to the design is the accommodation of transit-related functions, plazas and an elevated pedestrian high street. Read the article.
Canadian Green Building Award National Sponsors are the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute and Masonite Architectural; and Category Sponsors are Altex, Uponor and Inline Fiberglass. Read the article.
Toronto’s Planning and Growth Management Committee has adopted the Toronto Green Standard for new buildings City Council now has the chance to lock in long-term carbon reductions by approving one of North America’s most advanced municipal building design standards.
“Committee support for the Toronto Green Standard 3.0 with its Zero Emissions Building Framework paves the way for climate-friendly new development in Canada’s largest city,” said Bryan Purcell, Director of Policy and Programs of The Atmospheric Fund [TAF, taf.ca.]. “Making new buildings more resilient, more affordable to operate and nearly emissions-free is a key element of the TransformTO climate plan.”
The Toronto Green Standard, one of Toronto's most successful climate policies, started as a voluntary commitment in 2006, became mandatory in 2010 and was updated in 2014. TAF partnered with the City on the policy development at every stage, including the third version that will reach City Council in November.
“We simply won’t achieve Toronto’s 2050 climate target if we continue building as we currently do,” Purcell added. “The new Toronto Green Standard includes a clear path to have all new construction near zero emissions by 2030, only months after City Council’s unanimous approval of TransformTO. We are hopeful that other cities will follow suit.”
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.
CPCI has released the Fifth Edition of the CPCI Design Manual which is now available as a free download. The CPCI Design Manual – Fifth Edition is the authoritative source of information about precast and prestressed concrete, written in accordance with NBCC 2015, A23.3-14, Design of concrete structures and A23.4-16 Precast concrete – Materials and construction. Click here to obtain your unique link to download the Free PDF version.
SFI grants first Chain-of-Custody certification to a cross-laminated timber manufacturer – Structurlam
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. [SFI] has announced that Structurlam is the first Canadian manufacturer of cross-laminated timber [CLT] to be certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard. Based in BC, Structurlam has manufactured CLT for six years and supplied the product to over 350 projects in North America, most notably the 18-storey University of British Columbia's Brock Commons, the tallest wood structure in the world.
Wood products sold as certified under the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard earn LEED credits through the LEED Alternative Compliance Path, or credits through the Green Globes Rating System.
"Many of Structurlam's suppliers manage forestlands certified to SFI so it is great to know that Structurlam will continue to source and build with SFI-certified materials," said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc.
"Wood is the only renewable building resource we have. If we sustainably manage the forest then we'll have unlimited materials to create beautiful buildings that can potentially last for generations," said Bill Downing, President of Structurlam.