The eight projects selected in the 2014 Canadian Green Building Awards are among the most exemplary sustainably-designed buildings in Canada. Our thanks to our jurors for their diligence, and to our sponsors whose support make the Awards possible. We especially thank all those who entered the 2014 Awards. Your participation is helping to advance ideas of improved building design for the betterment of the Canadian public.
2014 JURY [left to right]:
Christopher Simmonds B.E.S., B.Arch., OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP - Principal of the award-winning firm Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.
Jennifer Sanguinetti, P.Eng., P.E., LEED AP [BD+C], Building Services, University of British Columbia
Brian Rudy BES, B.Arch., OAA, MRAIC. Principal at Moriyama Teshima Architects
Kevin Stelzer B.Arch., B.E.S., OAA, NLAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, BD+C, BSSO. Principal at B+H Architects
MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP STORE, NORTH VANCOUVER
Mountain Equipment Co-op representatives Sean McSweeney [left] and Sandy Tregaus, CFO [centre] receive the Awards certificate for the MEC North Vancouver store on behalf of Proscenium Architects from Brian Hall, Managing Director of sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI].
A beautiful building with impressive performance - the more so because it is a retail facility that needs to attract and engage customers. The site development and integration with the park is carefully considered. MEC raises the bar every time it developes a new store.
Owner/Developer Mountain Equipment Co-op
Architect Proscenium Architecture and Interiors Inc.
General Contractor Ventana Construction Corporation
Landscape Architect Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc.
Civil Engineer Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer Pageau Morel and Associates Inc.
Structural Engineer Fast + Epp Structural Engineers
Commissioning Agent Stantec Consulting
LEED Consultant Recollective
Development Manager Corin Flood
Geotechnical Consultant Geopacific Consultants Ltd.
Photos Bob Matheson Photography/Randy Sharp, Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architects Inc.
VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN VISITOR CENTRE, VANCOUVER
Representatives of Perkins+Will [left to right] Gerrett Lim, Joanna Peacock, Ryan Bragg [Principal], and Kathy Wardle receive the Awards certificate for the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre from Suresh Parmachand, Senior Marketing Manager, of sponsor Uponor.
A beautiful building with an interesting variety of spaces and an innovative palette of materials and assemblies. The very impressive performance metrics are a testimony to an integrated and in-depth approach to mechanical and other building systems. The combination of architectural excellence and high technical performance is compelling.
Owner Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
General Contractor Ledcor Construction
Structural Engineer Fast + Epp
Mechanical/ Electrical Engineer Integral Group [Cobalt Engineering]
Civil Engineer R.F. Binnie & Associate
Code Consultant B.R. Thorson Ltd.
Cost Consultant BTY Group
Envelope Consultant Morrison Hershfield
Landscape Architect Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc. with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
LighTing Design Total Lighting Solutions
Ecology Consultant Raincoast Applied Ecology
Acoustical Consultant BKL Consultants
Commissioning Agent KD Engineering
Commissioning Authority KD Engineering Co.
Rammed earth sidings, vegetated roof by Zinco Canada, refab glued-laminated beam roof system; Columbia Glazing Systems. Solar and geothermal energy used to heat water, and radiant floor slab heating by Uponor.
GOLDCORP MINING INNOVATION SUITE, LASSONDE MINING BUILDING
From left to right, Mauro Carreno of Baird Sampson Neuert Architects [BSN], University of Toronto representatives Steve Miszuk [Director Planning and Infrastructure], and Brent Sleep [Chair of Civil Engineering], and Jon Neuert of BSN receive their Awards certificates for The Goldcorp Mining Innovation Suite of the Lassonde Mining Building, University of Toronto from Nadine Gudz, Director, Sustainability Strategy of sponsor Interface.
The future of city building will require a great deal of attention to be paid to adaptive reuse. This project, which combines a strong sustainable agenda with a beautiful architectural narrative, sets an important precedent.The expression of the passive ventilation system makes a sculptural addition to the historic structure, while inside, students have the opportunity to track real time energy performance on a digital dashboard.
Client University of Toronto
Architect Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc.
Structural engineer Blackwell Bowick Partnership Inc.
Mechanical/electrical engineer Crossey Engineering Limited
General contractor Urbacon
Commissioning agent Hunter Facilities Management Inc.
Systems integration Dr. Ted Kesik
Leed consultant BSN Architects
Photos Terence Tourangeau
Fibreglass insulation by Owens Corning, and 25 mm layer of spray foam insulation on inner face of masonry wall. Low-formaldehyde particle board and interior finish plywood, Interface carpet tile, Forbo Marmoleum [linoleum] flooring, bamboo flooring by Nadurra.
Low-VOC paint by Sherwin Williams.
CENTRE FOR INTERACTIVE RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABILITY
Representatives of Perkins+Will [left to right] Ryan Bragg [Principal], Joanna Peacock, Gerrett Lim and Kathy Wardle receive the Awards certificate for the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability from Brian Hall of sponsor the CPCI.
A benchmark project with respect to the implementation of green building strategies in Canada. Given its scale, the risks taken by the client and design team in the name of research are huge. Spaces are warm, interesting and well lit, and the metrics are beginning to confirm that this is a very high-performance building.
Client University of British Columbia Sustainability Initiative
Structural Engineer Fast + Epp
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer Stantec
Civil Engineer Core Group Consultants
Geotechnical Consultant Trow Associates Inc.
Landscape Consultant PWL Partnership
Interior Design Perkins+Will
Code Consultant LMDG Building Code Consultants
Building Envelope Consultant Morrison Hershfield Limited
Acoustic Consultant BKL Consultants
Audio Visual Consultant MC Squared System Design Group
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment Haworth
Construction Management Heatherbrae Construction
Owner Representative UBC Properties Trust
Wastewater Consultant Eco-Tek Ecological Technologies
Rainwater Consultant NovaTec Consultants
Photos Martin Tessler
Glulam structure, masonry and stone, vegetated roofing, vegetated facade [living wall] by Green Screen. Finished concrete, carpet tile, raised flooring; low-VOC paint by General Paints [Sherwin Williams]. Building-integrated photovoltaics and solar collector array, heat recovery system captures waste heat from adjacent building for transfer to heat pumps.
ONE PLANET RENO, OTTAWA
Scott Demark [left], partner in BuildGreen Solutions, receives his Awards certificate for the One Planet Reno project from Suresh Parmachand, of sponsor Uponor.
The story behind this project is as compelling as the building itself. The design team looked at almost every green building metric and made an earnest attempt to incorporate the best of each in a truly holistic approach to sustainable design. The result takes a standard Ontario residential prototype and updates it in an engaging and sometimes quirky way. The energy performance in particular is exemplary.
Client Scott Demark
Architect BuildGreen Solutions
General Contractor Botan Construction Ltd.
Mechanical Designer EcoGen Energy
Structural Engineer Halsall Associates
Photos Christian Lalonde
Framing and engineered wood insulated with mineral wool and spray foam insulation, fiberglass windows by Inline Fiberglass, partially vegetated roof. Zehnder Novus 300 ERV [Energy Recovery Ventilator], photovoltaic and solar heating panels.
CANMET MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY
From left to right, Mike Williams from RWDI, Birgit Siber, John Featherstone and Cecily Eckhardt from Diamond Schmitt Architects accept their Awards certificates for the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory from Brian Hall of sponsor the CPCI.
An exceptional project that combines high performance and rigorous planning with interesting, well lit and beautifully detailed interior spaces. These types of buildings generally have high energy intensity, which makes the achievements of this project even harder to ignore.
Owner McMaster Innovation Park
Tenant CANMET Material Technology Laboratory, NRCAN
Architect Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Structural Engineer RJC
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer Integral Group [Cobalt Engineering]
LEED Consultant Integral Group [Cobalt Engineering]
Building Envelope RJC
Commissioning Agent CFMS
Civil Engineer AJ Clarke And Associates
General Contractor EllisDon
Concrete and masonry construction with radiant heating and cooling piping buried in the ceiling slabs; high-performance insulating glass, zinc and cement composite siding. A solarwall heats incoming fresh air, solar thermal roof collectors heat water for radiant systems supplemented by geothermal. Bamboo flooring by Smith & Fong Co. supplied by Taproot Distribution, polished concrete floors.
BIBLIOTHEQUE DU BOISE
CANMET MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LABORATO
Denis Clermont [left] of Les Architectes Labonte Marcil [and accepting for consortium partners Cardinal Hardy, Labonté Marcil and Eric Pelletier Architect], and Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent, accepts theirs Award certificates for Bibliothèque du Boisé from Suresh Parmachand of sponsor Uponor.
The crafting of this project was compelling - from the site planning, through the programming, right down to the execution of the details. The building has a variety of beautifully lit and welcoming spaces, in keeping with the new role that libraries play as community living rooms. This is also a very high-performance building - an impressive achievement altogether.
Architects Eric Pelletier architecte, Cardinal Hardy et associés, s.e.n.c., Les Architectes Labonté Marcil s.e.n.c.
Client Ville de Montréal, arrondissement de St-Laurent
Landscape Architect Cardinal Hardy et associés, s.e.n.c.
Structural engineer SDK et associés Inc.
M&E engineers Leroux Beaudoin Hurens et associés Inc.
Acoustic Consultant Davidson & Associés inc.
LEED Consultant EXP
General Contractor Pomerleau inc.
Steel and concrete construction with curtain wall, skylights, prefabricated wall panels with metal facing, vegetated roof, Interface carpet tile. Geothermal providing in-floor heating using the Uponor system. Pumps by Taco Canada Ltd.
UNBC BIO-ENERGY PLANT
Mona Lemoine [left] of Hughes Condon Marler receives the Awards certificate for the UNBC Bio-Energy Plant from Nadine Gudz of sponsor Interface.
This project is exemplary for bringing local energy production into view and so elevating public consciousness around ownership and responsibility. An elegant building whose expression is rooted in ’place’; a fabulous example of what more communities in Canada should be doing.
Owner/Developer University of Northern British Columbia
Architect Hughes Condon Marler Architects
General Contractor IDL Projects Inc.
Landscape Architect Jay Lazzarin Landscape Architect
Civil Engineer L&M Engineering
Electrical/ Mechanical Engineer MMM Group
Structural Engineer Bush Bohlman & Partners
Photos Hughes Condon Marler Architects
Glulam and steel frame, concrete, spray foam insulation and curtain wall, tapered EPS insulation sidings of metal, fibre cement, and western red cedar; Nexterra Biomass Gasification System; Interface carpet tile.