LEED Canada Buildings-in-review: Highlighting LEED®-certified buildings in 2017

April 18th, 2018

MEETING CANADA’S GHG EMISSION REDUCTION TARGETS, ONE BUILDING AT A TIME


Welcome to the eighth edition of the LEED in Canada: Buildings in Review supplement, produced in partnership with SABMag. In this supplement, you will read about some of the most innovative and efficient buildings in Canada. LEED certification provides a critical third-party seal of approval in the marketplace, and ensures that a building has gone through a rigorous process to verify their environmental performance targets.

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Interview

April 18th, 2018

With Aura Lee MacPherson


Aura Lee MacPherson of MacPherson Engineering in Regina says they have been providing creative engineering solutions for radiant heating and cooling for all types of buildings for years through their Radiant Link system [www.radiantlink.ca], and have now engineered a simplified, economical system which uses the thermal mass of concrete basement walls.

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Viewpoint

April 18th, 2018

Living buiding performance on a budget

Launched in 2006, the Living Building Challenge is a rigorous certification program that sets absolute performance standards and requires proof that they have been achieved before awarding certification. There are seven categories [or petals], most comprising several imperatives, all of which must be met if recognition for that petal is to be achieved. Full recognition requires a building to meet the imperatives of all seven petals; partial recognition requires a building to achieve three petals, one of which must be Water, Energy or Materials.

By James Hettinger, OAA

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Crosstown Elementary School

April 18th, 2018

Design for better learning and community use in Vancouver’s downtown core

Crosstown Elementary School is the first urban school built in Vancouver’s downtown core in a decade, rapid densification has brought a sharp increase in the number of one- and two-child families choosing to live in centrally located towers, rather than move to the suburbs.

By Alvin Martin

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Advancing the application of renewable energy in architecture

April 18th, 2018

This article outlines a two-tier design approach that can assist architects to achieve their goal of a Net Zero Energy building. The first stage is to reduce the overall operating energy demand of the building; and the second is to replace traditional energy derived from fossil fuels with energy from renewable sources. Recent technological advances are making renewable energy options more attractive, both in terms of output and cost recovery.

By Loghman Azar

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Is B.C.’s Energy Step Code a blueprint for Canada?

April 18th, 2018

Innovative building standard off
to a promising start

In 2017, British Columbia introduced what might be North America’s most innovative beyond-code standard for energy efficiency. The B.C. Energy Step Code is an opt-in regulation that enables local governments to pursue improved levels of performance for new homes and buildings — creating healthier and more comfortable spaces that are more affordable to heat. It’s a promising experiment that could chart a path for the rest of Canada.

By Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Pembina Institute

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Casa Uribe

April 18th, 2018

Urban infill combines
simplicity and perfo

As an architect, designing and building one’s own home is the quintessential challenge: to walk the talk while dreaming on a budget. Being in the position of clients gave my wife and me a new perspective on decision making.

By Javier Uribe

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One York Street

April 18th, 2018

Succeeding with sustainability and human wellness in tandem

The office building at One York Street in downtown Toronto is part of a 200,000m2 mixed-use development along the central waterfront in the new South Core of Toronto. One York is Toronto’s highest-scoring LEED Core+Shell certified office project to date – achieving Platinum certification at 89 points.

By Dermot Sweeny

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Our National Directory of Products and Services for Sustainable High-Performance Building

December 28th, 2017

LEED categories noted for the products listed are intended to show how these products can potentially help a project earn LEED v4 points

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Interview with Brian Eberle

December 27th, 2017

Brian Eberle, Director of Marketing & Sales at EUROSHIELD® Roofing Products in Calgary loves old tires since they are the main ingredient in a line of slate and shake roofing styles that can out-perform the real thing.

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