The CaGBC and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools has announced the Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg as the winner of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition. Located in the heart of a new neighbourhood in North Winnipeg, Amber Trails is a 78,000 sq.ft., newly constructed building that acts not just as a school, but as an open and accessible hub within the community. The school received LEED® Platinum certification in 2016, and won the CaGBC’s Excellence in Green Building for New Construction award in May 2017. It also won the Institutional Award [Large] in the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards, an annual program of SABMag and the CaGBC.
Amber Trails was chosen for both its excellent environmental curriculum and its dedication to maintaining a truly green building, including an ENERGY STAR score of 92 and overall energy savings of 68 %. Amber Trails will receive a $2,000 cash award to put toward a new or ongoing sustainability project.
Other highlights include:
• A student-run organic vegetable farm,
• Use of geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floor heating, low-flow fixtures and other initiatives,
• Emphasis on fresh air, outdoor views and natural light for all classrooms, and
• 50% reduction in water use.
The runners up of the 2017 Greenest School in Canada competition were:
• Dewdney Elementary School in Dewdney, BC.
• Windermere Secondary School in Vancouver, BC.
For a closer look at the schools and their many initiatives including videos and photos, visit the CaGBC’s website here.
SABMag's 2017 Directory of Sustainable Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building [link] 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: AcuityBrands, Aqua Tech, Duravit, and Simple Solar.
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.
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.
• Canada ranks among the most energy-intensive of OECD countries, as well as among the highest GHG emitters per dollar of GDP produced.
• Increasing energy efficiency could reduce energy demand in Canada by as much as 15% by 2035, resulting in demand that is below 2017 levels.
• While energy efficiency improvements can help lower Canadian demand for energy, it is not a complete solution to help Canada meet its GHG emissions reduction goals.
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. email@example.com
October 5, Toronto
2017 Green Building Festival ‘Form Follows Nature: Building a Net Positive Environment'
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October 30-31, Vancouver
Net Positive Symposium: An event of the Living Future Institute and Passive House Canada.
Queen Richmond Centre West in Toronto, winner of the Commercial/Industrial Award in the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards, an annual program of SABMag and the CaGBC, is an intensification and renovation of a site containing two underutilized century-old brick-and-beam structures which served as a biscuit factory until the 1970s.
Where conventional intensification strategies would have called for both original buildings to be compromised or even torn down completely, the design team came up with a novel third option: to conserve the entire site – both the buildings and the empty spaces between – by building above the existing structures.
The construction of the new 17-storey office building was made possible by innovative ‘delta frames’ - an elegant architectural and structural solution that came about through a collaborative design process. These structures allowed for the space between the existing buildings to remain open as an urban atrium that enhances the appeal of the complex. Read the full article …
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.