Check out the SABMag 2021 Awards issue

 
 

The Summer, 2021 issue of SABMag
 
 
The annual Canadian Green Building Awards issue has just been mailed, and here are the highlights. See News and Products.
 
Commercial/Industrial (Large) Award : 80 Atlantic Building
(sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc.)
Toronto, ON
BDP Quadrangle
 
This project sends a signal that mass wood construction is once again a viable and highly desirable option. The warmth of the exposed wood and high quality of interior daylighting contribute to a beautiful working environment. With its glass exterior, the building makes a striking and poignant complement to its historic brick and beam neighbour. The buff-coloured surface of the Ceramitex® rainscreen and the scale of the punched windows honour the industrial brick vernacular of the area. The 19,455 sq ft. of thin sintered ceramic is manufactured with the fiberglass-reinforced mesh backing that is adhered to the Elemex® Unity® Attachment Technology. Read the article …
 
 
Institutional (Large) Award: Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation, Humber College
Toronto, ON
Perkins&Will
 
 
The LEED Platinum and Net Zero ambitions for the project could have resulted in an uninspiring box-like form. Instead, the result can be considered a kind of 'place and performance-based regionalism'. The flexible arrangement of learning spaces, the bright and colourful interiors and park-like accessible roof all enrich the experience of this building, within its bland suburban context. Around the building exterior the ACO KlassikDrain handles stormwater collection in an aesthetically pleasing linear trench drain. CBC Specialty Metals supplied the VMZINC® ANTHRA-ZINC® STRAT Interlocking Panels for some of the cladding. Adair natural limestone by Arriscraft, used around the base of the building, delivers a distinct look and longevity. Lochinvar by Aqua-Tech supplied two Crest Condensing Boilers Model FBN1751 for space heating and domestic hot water, and a GVC65JR Hot Water Generator c/w Double Wall Tube Bundle for indirect domestic hot water demand. Read the article …
 
 
Technical Award: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge: A Blanket of Warmth
Star Blanket Cree Nation SK
MacPherson Engineering Inc.
 
 
This simple, affordable and highly transferable design solution to the substandard indoor environmental quality in much of the First Nations housing stock across the country is notable for its collaborative approach and the inspiration it takes from traditional Aboriginal structures. The transition from forced air to radiant heat brings multiple benefits, with a payback period of less than 10 years. Read the article …
 
 
Residential (Large) Award: Skeena Residence UBC Okanagan
(sponsored by Inline Fiberglass)
Kelowna, BC
PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication
 
 
Not only does Passive House certification take this building beyond Code in terms of energy performance; it achieves this while still addressing issues of context and community. The relationship to its surroundings is carefully considered, as is the design and organization of its common spaces. Making successive cohorts of students aware of the superior quality of a Passive House environment – and so raising their expectations, may be the most significant contribution of this project. Read the article …
 
 
 
Tsawwassen First Nation Youth Centre
Mackin Tanaka Architecture

Institutional (Small) Award
Tsawwassen, BC
 
With the growing concern for the embodied carbon in our built environment, this small building for the Tsawwassen First Nation stands out for its commitment to that cause. In fact, its widespread use of wood and its projected low operating energy demand, may make the building carbon negative for a decade or more. In addition to its low environmental impact, the location next to the Salish Sea and on the Pacific flight path for migratory birds, make it an invaluable teaching tool for Indigenous youth – and for all of us. The gymnasium on the second floor has a Sportec underlayment 4 mm overlaid with Sportec UNI classic 4mm. The Damtec wave 3D 17/8 was installed as a resilient layer over the entire second floor, with with Damtec estra installed as a de-coupler strip around wall perimeters. Sportec and Damtec supplied by Ideal Fit. Read the article …
 
 
 
Le Grand Théâtre de Québec
Lemay + Atelier 21
Existing Building Upgrade Award
Quebec, QC
 
A sophisticated resolution of what had originally seemed an insurmountable technical challenge: that of conserving a deteriorating Brutalist concrete masterpiece and the built-in sculptures it contains. The glass veil preserves the character of the original building with a lightness of touch that is both respectful and refreshing. Given the nationwide challenge we face in remediating and reusing so many buildings of this type, this project inspires us to embrace the challenge and simultaneously enrich the urban narrative. Read the article …
 
 
 
BNP Paribas Montréal
Provencher_Roy
Interior Design Award
Montreal, QC
 
At a time when the nature of work is in flux, the transformation of six floors of repetitious 1970s office space into a dynamic, flexible and inspiring workplace provides cause for optimism. The open, collaborative spaces and non-specific perimeter workstations flow through all levels, encouraging mobility and personal choice of working and relaxing environments throughout the day. Sit/stand desks, lighting programmed to support natural circadian rhythms, and 20 living walls contribute further to psychological and physiological wellbeing. Read the article …
 
 
University of Victoria District Energy Plant
DIALOG
Commercial/Industrial (Small) Award
Victoria, BC
 
 
Rehabilitating and repurposing an existing parking lot on the university campus and simultaneously reducing overall campus energy consumption by 10%, this project provides an important showcase for the University's energy reduction strategy. By engaging students through visibility and transparency, it creates a sense of connection and elevates concern for the critical infrastructure that supports all of our communities.
 
 
 
Prototype Laneway Housing, University of Toronto
BSN Architects
Residential (Small) Award
Toronto, ON
 
All involved are to be commended for attempting this kind of gentle densification in a heritage district. The resulting livable lane environment and the remarkable achievement of Passive House performance in such a tight urban context, takes Toronto's laneway housing to the next level. Guelph Solar installed LG 365 Watt solar panels for the U of T Laneway Houses which contribute to a 54% reduction in energy intensity. Thermally-treated ash cladding, supplied by CFP Woods (new utm code), is left to weather naturally. Legalett provided three engineered GEO-Passive Slabs with ThermaSill PH thresholds, as well as sub grade preparation supervision for this challenging high density urban fill site with zero clearance lot lines. Read the article …
 
 
 
North End Landing + James North Baptist Church
(sponsored by Enbridge Gas Inc.)
Invizij Architects Inc.
Mixed Use Award
Hamilton, ON
 
That this underused brownfield site has been transformed into a valuable community asset including Passive House-certified social housing, a new church and a food bank, is admirable and widely replicable. The orientation of the church kitchen and café to the street, and the uplifting character of the central atrium flooded with natural light through the Kalwall Skyroof®, speak to the sensitivity of program organization. Sobotec Ltd. supplied and installed the complete rain screen wall assembly, including A/V membrane, thermally-broken sub-framing, insulation and aluminum composite panels for the project. The brick cladding was supplied by Thames Valley Brick & Tile.
 
 
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