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[1] Sustainable design in the regions: latest CaGBC FOCUS publications for Toronto and the Atlantic region
[2] PassiveHouse study, state-of-the-art hospital anchor Fall SABMag
[3] 2017 SABMag Directory adapted to LEED v4
[4] Humber River Hospital: ultra-modern design all about patient care
[5] We’ve got one-page case studies
[6] CaGBC accepting project registrations for Zero Carbon Building Standard

[7] Events

[8] Award-winning River City Phases 1 & 2: ex-brownfield site a sustainable development on a neighbourhood scale
[9] Sobering Lessons from Ontario’s Green Energy Policies
[10] Fuji Kindergarten: Winner of the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize dissolves indoor-outdoor boundaries
[11]News from our partners:



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Sustainable design in the regions: latest CaGBC FOCUS publications for Toronto and the Atlantic region

The latest CaGBC FOCUS publications for Alberta and the Atlantic provinces cover local green building projects, events and activities such as energy benchmarking. The Atlantic FOCUS, published for the first time, displays a cross-section of LEED-certified buildings of small and large scales, and interiors. Digital versions of the FOCUS publications can be seen here: Toronto, Atlantic.

PassiveHouse study, state-of-the-art hospital anchor Fall SABMag

The PassiveHouse-certified Salus Clementine Building, and the new, state-of-the-art LEED GOLD Humber River Hospital anchor the Fall issue of SABMag. And, in addition to other building projects, the issue covers the early days of Life Cycle Assessment, an interview with the 2017 winner of the CaGBC Green Product of the Year, and the continuing education article: Universal Design as Social Sustainability. See all of the articles here, and click here for an abridged digital version.

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:

- Sloan,
-Taco Comfort Solutions,
-TermoBuild, and
-Simple Solar.

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Humber River Hospital: ultra-modern design all about patient care

The new LEED Gold Humber River Hospital incorporates evidence-based design principles to  integrate clinical, operational and facility planning. The goal was to create a flexible, state-of-the-art ‘Lean, Green, Digital’ facility – one of the first of its kind. A vegetated roof covering 13,192 sq. m will divert a total of 8,000 cubic metres of storm water per year from the storm sewers. Read the article here.

We’ve got one-page case studies

Read the one-page case study about the enormous vegetated roof used on the Humber River Hospital from LiveRoof Ontario, and about insulated metal panels used on the Innovations in Transportation Inc. [INIT] building from Metl-Span.

CaGBC accepting project registrations for Zero Carbon Building Standard

The Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] has launched Canada’s first  Zero Carbon Building Standard and is now accepting project registrations. The Standard 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 consultation with representatives from over 50 industry organizations, utilities, governments and companies across Canada.

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

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Award-winning River City Phases 1 & 2: ex-brownfield site a sustainable development on a neighbourhood scale

River City, winner of the Residential [Large] Award in the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards, is a four-phase residential development located on one of Toronto’s largest brownfield sites. Once completed in 2020, it will contain 1,074 residential units and over 1 million square feet of LEED Gold-certified development. The early focus on energy performance led to high performing architectural, mechanical and electrical design elements. The building features efficient heating and cooling equipment, with energy recovery ventilators that recover the subsequent heat exhaust and use it to warm incoming cooler air.

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.

Sobering Lessons from Ontario’s Green Energy Policies

After eight years, Ontario’s green energy policies have yielded moderate environmental gains while drastically increasing energy prices, says a report published in August from the C.D. Howe Institute, the independent not-for-profit research institute. In “Ontario’s Green Energy Experience: Sobering Lessons for Sustainable Climate Change Policies” author Michael Trebilcock, a law and economics expert, measures the success of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act based on its environmental outcomes, its effects on energy prices, and its impact on employment in the province.

“These policies have had a dramatic impact on electricity costs in the province, but they have generated very limited environmental benefits and have had a negligible to negative effect on economic growth and employment,” states Professor Trebilcock.

Rising costs are one problem. For example, the on-peak price rose from 9.3 cents per kilowatt hour in November 2009, to 18 cents per kilowatt hour in November 2016. This represents a compound annual increase of 9.9%.

The policies are also inherently limited because the electricity sector’s share of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario in 2012 was only about 9% of total emissions. The focus on electricity is out of proportion with the areas of the economy that are most in need of closer scrutiny. Transportation, for example, contributed 34% of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario in 2012.

Finally, Professor Trebilcock notes that while the Ontario government claims that its green energy policies have created over 30,000 jobs, this number does not distinguish between temporary and permanent jobs or between low-paid service jobs and higher-paid skilled jobs, and more importantly, does not take account of jobs lost through higher electricity prices.

As an alternative, the report suggests that Canada impose a revenue-neutral national carbon tax that promotes economy-wide cost-effective emission reductions, with revenues rebated to the provinces from which they originate. This should be supplemented by limited, well-targeted subsidies for research and development.

Professor Trebilcock concludes with a warning. “It is crucial that Canada’s private sector not bear a large overall fiscal burden. Moreover, in addition to domestic policies, the ability of Canadian firms to compete in global markets will also play an important role in developing a Canadian clean technology sector.”

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Fuji Kindergarten: Winner of the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize dissolves indoor-outdoor boundaries

Tokyo-based Tezuka Architects has won the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize for the Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo. Established in 2014 by Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama along with the RAIC and the RAIC Foundation, the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize celebrates a project that is transformative within its societal context and expressive of the humanistic values of justice, respect, equality and inclusiveness.

The one-storey oval-shaped kindergarten encloses an internal courtyard and the roof serves as an open-air play deck. Sliding doors completely open the building to the outdoors. Read the article

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News from our partners

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Forbo renews biobased Marmoleum Striato collection


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.

Get complete details at: http://sabmagazine.com/forbo-newproducts.html and www.forboflooringNA.com.

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CPCI Fifth Edition Design Manual – FREE PDF Version Offer 

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.

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