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22 3 Cover Story Safdie Architects to Set New Standard for Community Centric Airport Design With the Opening of Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore in 2019 6 First and foremost Exquisite Living Homes illustrates why choosing the right builder is of paramount importance 10 Building with wood Build It and They Will Come 13 Building with wood AquaBlu Condominium

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15 Magic moments Stoneboat Homes creates special projects and neat design in Georgian Bay area 17 Building with wood The race to mass timber is on 77 Wade Avenue to be among the tallest mass timber commercial buildings in Canada

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Cover STORY Office: 416.875.4007 E-mail: bilal@kdevelopment.ca Instagram: khananidevelopments www.kdevelopments.ca Khanani Developments draws on a wide range of services to land owners and architects to review the scope of work required. We work with developers that have gone through the long process of subdivision approvals to several stages prior to construction. We help our clients in reviewing the material and labour involved to bring those visions to reality. Our team have all the abilities to analyze cost savings for land owners to deliever product on time and mitigate potential issues during construction. Our team of experts can guide our clients to a site which is well organized during construction and delievers the home in a timely fashioned manner. Our team at the Custom Home division can help you bring your visions to reality. Our Archticects, Engineers and Project Managers can plan and execute a construction process based on time and budgets of our client.

Centric Airport Design With the Opening of Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore in 2019

Our team of trades can help us put your dream of contemporary, modern or even traditional home to reality. No matter what our clients have visioned for, we can work with those visions and create the ultra luxury homes for them. At Khanani Developments, we believe that a home is not just ones shelter. Its a Dream that our client has envisioned. We put all our efforts in making that dream come into reality for the family to grow, learn and prosper for many generations to come. As a Luxury Home Builder, you can trust the Khanani Developments team of consultants and trades to help you put your visions onto the blueprints and eventually work together on several stages throughout construction with various inspections with the assigned Project Manager to walk through the house and eventually choose the finishes to final move in date. All our homes are Tarion approved and we offer an additional year of Mechanical Warranty besides the Tarion approved 2 years. 2

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Features include an expansive indoor forest, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, tree-top walking trails, restaurants, retail, and a variety of gathering places

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esigned by Safdie Architects, Jewel Changi Airport, the newest development at Singapore’s award-winning Changi Airport, will commence a phased opening in Q2 2019. Jewel Changi Airport combines an intense marketplace and a paradise garden to create a new center – “the heart and soul” of Changi Airport. Once open, Jewel will establish a new paradigm for community-centric airport design, extending the airport’s principal function as a transit hub to create an interactive civic plaza and spring 2019

marketplace, combining landside airport operations with expansive indoor gardens and waterfall leisure facilities, retail, restaurants, and a hotel as well as other spaces for community activities. Linked to the city’s public transportation grid and with open access to Terminal 1, and to Terminals 2 and 3 via pedestrian bridges, Jewel engages both in-transit passengers as well as the public of Singapore. Entirely publicly accessible, the 135,700 square-meter (1,460,660 sq. ft.) glass-enclosed toroidal building asserts a new model for airports as a destination for community activity, entertainment, and shopping. “Jewel presents a new building prototype for connecting the city and the airport,” said Jaron Lubin, Principal at Safdie Architects. “Like an Ancient Greek ‘agora,’ it aligns social

Jewel weaves together an experience of nature and the marketplace, dramatically asserting the idea of the airport as an uplifting and vibrant urban center, engaging travelers, visitors, and residents, and echoing Singapore’s reputation as The City in the Garden. -Moshe Safdie

and commercial values to create an animated public realm destination.

PROJECT FEATURES The Forest Valley To create an airport experience unlike any other, Safdie Architects integrated spatial and interactive experiences throughout a lush indoor garden and a five-level retail marketplace. Green Building + Architecture

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View of Shiseido Forest Valley and HSBC Rain Vortex from the South Viewing Deck: With its innovative structural design, Jewel is an architectural marvel – making the multi-dimensional lifestyle destination a photographer’s paradise

The core of Jewel is the Forest Valley, a terraced indoor landscape featuring walking trails and quiet seating areas set amongst more than 200 species of plants. The Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, showers down seven stories from a central open oculus in the domed roof, compelling visitors with dramatic cascades during the day and performance light and projection experiences by night. During the region’s frequent and powerful thunderstorms, recirculated, natural rainwater will flow at more than 10,000 gallons per minute, which helps provide cooling and airflow in the landscape environment, collecting significant rainwater to be re-used in the building. Jewel is slated to receive a Platinum rating from Singapore’s GreenMark program for environmentally sustainable buildings. An integrated system of glazing, static and dynamic shading, and an innovative and efficient displacement ventilation system was developed to achieve the required level of comfort for a diversity of activities, as well as to sustain the vast array of plant life. Canopy Park On the fifth level is the Canopy Park, which includes 14,000 sq.m. of attractions integrated within the garden spaces such as net structures suspended within the trees, a suspended catenary glass-bottom bridge walk, a planted hedge maze and mirror maze, and feature installations completed in collaboration with internationally acclaimed artists. The highly immersive features are designed to be both aesthetic and functional, providing pathways for traversing the space while delighting visitors with gorgeous sightlines, providing spaces for interpersonal interaction and community building, and creating a sense of wonder and discovery. Additional highlights include a topiary walk, horticultural displays, and an event plaza for 1,000 people.

Manulife Nets at Canopy Park: Suspended 25 metres above ground, this attraction allows visitors to enjoy views of Jewel while balancing their way across one of the world’s largest indoor nets.

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Discovery Slides at Canopy Park: Set within a reflective sculpted art installation, these slides offer panoramic views for the young and young-at-heart.

Connection to the City and the World Conceived to serve the people of Singapore and travelers equally, the building is directly connected to the Changi Bus Terminal and the airport’s Terminal 1. It is also accessible from Terminals 2 and 3 via pedestrian bridges, and the inter-terminal train crosses through the

gardens, giving visitors with limited time a glimpse into the Forest Valley. The retail galleria, featuring more than 280 retail and food and beverage outlets and a 130-room hotel, develops the foundation of Jewel’s one-of-a-kind integration of marketplace and garden.

Topiary Walk at Canopy Park: A photo-friendly enclave set within the verdant Canopy Park, this walk features creative topiary art in the shape of life-size animals.

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arcello Alaimo has one key piece of advice for anyone planning to build a custom home.

“The most important decision you will make is choosing the right builder,” says Alaimo, president of Exquisite Living Homes Inc., a family-owned and operated luxury home construction business based in Ancaster, Ontario. “Choose well, and you will have a true partner, someone who will bring your dream home to life.” In the construction business since 1999, Alaimo has the experience and know-how to back up his belief about working with a quality builder. His attention to detail and innovation, combined with his dedication to total client satisfaction, are leadership hallmarks, which radiate throughout the Exquisite Living Homes’ organization. And it all starts with his com-

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mitment to respect and courtesy, as Alaimo is personally involved with every client and visits each home project on a regular basis. “Ultimately, you want a house that your family will love living in for a lifetime,” he says. “Settle for less-than-the-right fit and you may regret it … not just during the build, but for years to come.” Alaimo points to five tips anyone should consider before choosing a custom home builder: • Focus on quality first; • Do your research; • Transparency is critical; • Never be afraid to ask questions; • And make sure your communication styles are in sync. With a meticulous eye for detail and tenacious insistence on quality, Alaimo says he strives to exceed every client’s expecta-

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Again, with over 20 years of experience, Exquisite Living Homes combines quality workmanship, superior knowledge, and com-

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And with the highest professional standards, when a client works with Exquisite Living Homes they know that the process involves a carefully planned series of steps, centred around a firm schedule and daily communication. “It truly sets us apart,” adds Alaimo. www.exquisiteliving.ca

If you’re looking to design, build or renovate, you have come to the right place at Exquisite Living Homes. Luxury? At Exquisite Living, they’ll work with you to ensure your needs are met and your dream for a luxurious custom-built home becomes a reality. Design? Exquisite Living’s unique and creative designs allow you to customize and transform your dream into a timeless reality. Quality? Exquisite Living is a registered builder with

Tarion Warranty Corporation. In order to assure the highest level of attention to detail, Exquisite Living Homes’ president Marcello Alaimo will work one on one with you to ensure you are fully informed and comfortable every step of the way. Combined with his passion for luxury and an innovative, enthusiastic and uncompromising work ethic, you can trust Alaimo to carry you from beginning to home.

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BUILDING WITH WOOD

“We believe that wood-fibre insulation is a high-performance board that is not only breathable and highly insulating, it’s ecologically sound, renewable, recyclable, and lasts the lifetime of the building,” says municipal affairs and technical manager of Wood WORKS! B.C. and the Canadian Wood Council, Peter Moonen. “Wood-fibre insulation is not a structural panel plywood, OSB, or other structural sheathing. It’s a superb insulation panel that offers exceptional thermal and acoustic insulation in both partition and structural walls.” The three residential building projects were selected in part for their locations in different Canadian climate regions. The Ontario building is a single-family residence near Collingwood in cold-humid climate zone 6A. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan project is a nine-unit cohousing development in very cold climate zone 7, while the B.C. house located in Gibsons is in mixed-marine climate zone 4C.

Build It and They Will Come Wood-fibre insulation panels were used to insulate the exterior walls of the two-storey addition to a 150-year-old Collingwood, Ontario pioneer log home.

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he last nail driven into wood-fibre panel insulation in a home in British Columbia could mark for the Canadian homebuilding industry a new standard in building construction while ushering in a new era of green, sustainable, and highperformance building insulation for residential and commercial structures. The non-profit forestry R&D company FPInnovations, 475 High Performance Building Supply, and the Canadian Wood Council have partnered to build three high-profile residential projects located in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and B.C., to demonstrate the suitability of wood-fibre insulation panels for use in residential buildings. The panels are environmentally friendly and are expected to perform

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better than traditional rigid foam insulation. The B.C. home, to be completed in the spring, is the last of the high-performance projects built to Passive House standards in the trial. Contractors used wood-fibre insulation panels imported from Europe, where they’re a mainstay in home construction, instead of rigid foam, to insulate exterior walls. The trio behind the initiative are certain the panels can be manufactured in Canada far less expensively than in Europe, with an R-factor rating equivalent to rigid foam panels. “Dry-process wood-fibre insulation panels are the future of building insulation in Canada because we have the natural resources and industry to produce them economically,” says FPInnovations lead scientist, Bob Knudson. “We have excess fibre from sawmills for their production, and they offer superior performance and insulation, in addition to being environmentally safer than rigid foam insulation.” Superior Performance FPInnovations designed tests to determine the fire safety, stability, durability, and insula-

tion rating of the panels. Wood-fibre insulation demonstrates superior fire performance compared to polymer foam insulation types that are currently used in North America. The panels also show superior moisture management in wall and roof systems compared to polymer foam insulation. Additionally, the panels have greater thermal mass, reducing the temperature rise and fall in an interior space. The panels are made using a dryprocessing method of refining wood chips and shavings. The resulting fibre is dried, mixed with polyurethane adhesive and paraffin, formed into a continuous fibre mat, sized to desired thickness, and cured. The resulting panels are then milled to different sizes and edge configurations. The manufacturing process allows for a homogeneous board from 20 to 300-milimetres thick. The panels offer R-values in the 3.5 to 3.9-per-inch-range, while polymer foams have R-values in the 4.5 to 6-per-inch-range, therefore wood-fibre panels need to be a little thicker to reach the same R-values as polymer foams. spring 2019

“These panels have the potential to lead a transformation of the North American construction industry towards making durable, high-performance Passive House and zeroenergy buildings more common,” says western regional manager of 475 High Performance Building Supply, Lucas Johnson. “We built three unique projects, each with distinct features, to demonstrate the versatility of wood-fibre insulation panels.” Customized Uses The Collingwood renovation added a twostorey contemporary addition to a 150-year-old pioneer cedar log house and used 80-mm dryprocess wood-fibre insulation panels attached to the outside of two-by-eight load-bearing stud walls sheathed with half-inch plywood. The Saskatoon co-housing project showcases low cost of living through low energy use. It relied on both 40-mm and 240-mm panels attached to the outside of two-by-six insulated load-bearing stud walls sheathed with ¾-inch plywood.

“Our low-cost construction methods required a thick rigid exterior insulation product and wood-fibre insulation is one of the few products we found with negative embodied carbon,” says Knudson. “The pressed-wood fibres trap carbon and sequester it for the life of the building.” The instrumentation installed in each building consists of point moisture measurement, relative humidity and temperature sensors, data logger units, and a tactical intelligence gateway.

Each home’s performance is being monitored by FPInnovations for at least one year and meaningful results are expected by mid-2019. “We have the natural resources for the raw materials and the industry know-how to make these panels in Canada,” says Johnson. Currently, wood-insulation panels are an imported construction material. “They can truly transform the industry because they’re environmentally friendly to make, reduce onsite labour and waste, and they’re recyclable as well.”

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The B.C. single-storey prefabricated house was built to meet LEED Platinum standards. Its exterior walls were insulated with 100-mmthick wood-fibre panel insulation fastened to the outside of 3-ply 100-mm-thick CLT load-bearing walls. The green roof used 240mm wood-fibre panel insulation. Performance monitoring instrumentation was installed onto the prefabricated wall and roof modules.

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BUILDING WITH WOOD Knudson envisions Quebec and Ontario manufacturing plants, which would be close to raw materials, sawmills, large Canadian cities such as Montreal and Toronto, and densely populated American cities such as New York, Boston, and Chicago. The western provinces offer excellent opportunities for manufacturing wood-fibre insulation for western North American markets. The future of wood-fibre panel insulation faces many challenges. Wood is thought of as a combustible product, yet the panels exceed firesafety standards. In Canada, they’re seen as a hard-to-believe-it’s-true new product, but they’ve been used for over 25 years across Europe and their popularity there is growing. Knudson is convinced education is the key to building a Canadian market.

The Radiance co-housing project in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is designed to be sustainable and affordable. Wood-insulation panels were used to insulate the outside walls.

“We first had to build homes to show the industry that these panels are as good as rigid foam insulation,” he says. “When the data are analyzed, the results will demonstrate their effectiveness and reliability, and then I’m sure manufacturers will come forward.” For more information on wood-fibre insulation panels contact Jieying Wang, FPInnovations building systems scientist at Jieying.Wang@fpinnovations.ca

The interior of the Gibsons, B.C. home showing wood-finished walls and expansive windows.

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nspired by Miami’s South Beach, AquaBlu is a luxury condominium community on the shores of Lake Ontario. With an abundance of glass, contemporary detailing and lively aesthetics, this premium lakefront development has set the new benchmark for future developments in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. AquaBlu is one of the first buildings in Ontario to be constructed to the new Ontario Building Code allowing 5 and 6 storey wood construction. This opened up many opportunities for the design team, but posed equally as many challenges.

Wood-fibre insulation panels were attached to the exterior of two-by-six insulated load-bearing stud walls in the Radiance co-housing project in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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combustible. To accommodate this, masonry stair and elevator shafts were introduced into the wood construction. The behaviour of these very different materials, challenged the design team to develop project-specific details to ensure that the combination did not negatively impact on the performance of the overall structure. Building components such as shrinkage compensating ATS hold-down devices by Simpson Strong Tie – developed specifically for wood mid-rise construction – were used to ensure that the building performance would not be impacted by the initial shrinkage that is typical of wood framed mid-rise buildings.

The main wood structure – including not only walls but also the floors and roof – was built from pre-fabricated wood panels. Individual sections were built off-site at Alpa-Pre’s plant and then shipped to site. This solution not only helped to advance the construction schedule, making construction faster, but also allowed for strict quality control in the plant. To best manage this method of construction, specific details were developed to ensure that the structure was properly assembled and that continuity was provided for major structural elements built from multiple panels such as long shearwalls and floor diaphragms. Green Building + Architecture

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Magic moments Stoneboat Homes creates special projects and neat design in Georgian Bay area

W Using wood as the primary structure, helped to enhance the project in many ways; by: • Supporting local trades, suppliers and businesses in the wood construction industry, • Helping to reduce overall construction costs compared to other methods of construction such as cast-in-place concrete and precast systems; proving to be a way to achieve higher density housing at a low cost; • Offering design versatility and flexibility; and • Using naturally renewable materials like wood, allowed for a sustainable, low carbon footprint. This was especially important considering the project’s location. Nestled

between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, residents embrace a more natural lifestyle surrounded by waterfront, local wineries, small town amenities, naturalized spaces and hiking trails. As a new community landmark, AquaBlu is positioned perpendicular to the street, offering maximum views over Lake Ontario, while reducing the impact of a large building along the streetscape. It was important to maintain lakefront views from the site. A pleasing pedestrian scale was achieved by stepping the building back at the north end, while still offering lake facing terraces on

the upper floors. Exterior finishes include a combination of materials such as glass, metal, masonry and EIFS; in a colour palette inspired by the surrounding landscape. Awards: AquaBlu is the recipient of the following accolades: • Winner of the 2016 Ontario Home Builders Association Most Outstanding Mid-Rise, • Grand Prize Winner of the 2017-2018 EIFS Council of Canada Architecture Design Awards, and • Winner of the 2019 Ontario Wood Works Mid-Rise Wood Design Award presented by Wood Works!

hen clients work with Stoneboat Homes, they can rest assured principal Stewart Jones will provide extraordinary passion bolstered by a magic touch. Jones, president and owner of Stoneboat Homes, a boutique builder emphasizing green building habits, spends a lot of time thinking outside the box – all of which adds up to special collaborations, special projects. “Because of our size, we are more nimble and able to pick and choose projects that are close to our build area,” says Jones. Case in point: a Net Zero home Stoneboat Homes built in Lion’s Head on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. “Being able to blend a new build into a location enhancing the neighbourhood sightlines, and working closely with the client … those things allow us to create neat design in the

Georgian Bay area.” While the idea of Net Zero – being able to construct a house that produces more power than it actually consumes – is a trend that has lately seen a definite upsurge, the Lion’s Head project was actually finished back in 2014. In that instance, Stoneboat Homes adhered to Passivhaus design principals. The house has 10KW of solar installed, which should produce about 12,000 kWh/year. A computer model of heating loss was prepared – to estimate the heating load – and that came out to 6,000 kWh/ year. That discrepancy left 6,000 kWh for appliances, lighting, heating, TV and an electric hybrid car. Solar gain was estimated using the area of the windows, the window solar gain factor, plus their orientation/shading. Jones says every effort was made to minimize heat loss,

through the selection of insulation materials, window placement and exterior design. The selected lot was on Sylvia Street in Lion’s Head. Jones points out that the ground is shore stone (hand-sized rocks) with some gravel. That ensured exceptional draining for the house, which sits on a small rise, about a block east of Georgian Bay, a typically cool body of water. The access road runs in a northeasterly direction, so the house was not built parallel to it, in order to obtain southern orientation. Although municipal drinking water was available, a septic system was built, as well. The house is fairly close to the access road, as well, to minimize driveway length … which definitely helps in winter when snow-clearance becomes an issue. If you are noticing a trend with Stoneboat’s approach, it’s understandable. Their attention to detail part of what sets them apart.

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“You know, I love Georgian Bay geography and am truly pleased to have positioned ourselves in this general location,” says Jones, who has been involved in the prefab building business for over 25 years. “It might sound selfish, but life is short and I like the pace here.” So Jones throws himself wholeheartedly into each project. Stoneboat likes using local materials such as white cedar board and batten, Wiarton flag patios and natural stone veneers. “That helps the local economy and is green to boot,” he says. “And, to me, exterior aesthetic is very important. I look at dentil trim, correct roof slopes, sized right columns and chamfered trims. Each project needs a storyline and working closely with the client is a must.” And don’t even get him started when it comes to recycling. “Reducing landfill dumping of construction materials is very important,” he says. “Separating wood and metal and not using the generic big bins onsite forces everyone involved to be more conscious of the waste factor.”

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www.stoneboathomes.com Stoneboat Homes is a boutique builder emphasizing neat design and green building habits close to Georgian Bay. Using natural wood, stone and copper materials appeals to president Stewart Jones. The successful build of a Net Zero home in Lion’s Head provided the company with a template for using best practices when providing tight building envelopes.

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The race to mass timber is on

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77 Wade Avenue to be among the tallest mass timber commercial buildings in Canada

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ocated in Toronto’s Junction, 77 Wade Avenue will be a purpose designed and built office with collaboration space for the new digital age industrial worker. Designed by Bogdan Newman Caranci (BNC) Architecture and Urban Design, and developed by Next Property Group, 77 Wade Avenue will be 8 storeys and approximately ~150,000 square feet, making it among the tallest modern mass timber office and commercial buildings in Canada targeting LEED Gold, and the first of its kind to be built. The key design intent of this project was to fuse contrasting materials to enhance the inherent warmth of an exposed wood structure comprised of composite mass timber, concrete and steel structural assemblies. Unlike the construction of 20th century post and beam buildings, construction of 77 Wade optimizes the use of a mass timber hybrid

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structural system by way of pre-fabricated components and just-in-time delivery and construction practices to achieve spans akin to traditional concrete and steel superstructure projects for modern commercial office buildings. The overall design celebrates the advanced use of mass-timber construction within the ever-evolving architecture of Canada. The development and design of 77 Wade maximizes and streamlines the inherent structural and aesthetic qualities of exposed wood construction in a new and modern way; ultimately showcasing both our Canadian talent pool and our renewable wood resource. The building’s envelope will predominately be clad in a folded plain curtain wall to expose the innovative structure within, while also adding a dynamic form to the streetscape.

The approach to the building is unified with an origami based geometric soft and organic front entrance, retail and flexible collaboration spaces. Perched above the form is a wood canopy that creates shading for the outdoor amenity and social space. The rear of the building has a sunken parking area as well as a unique bike storage feature, connecting pedestrians and cyclists though the site, from the adjacent and elevated GO Barrie line corridor to be constructed complete with a linear park and Multi-Use Trail below (aka Metrolinx’s ‘Davenport Diamond’ project). Today, tech-oriented and innovative companies desire work environments that hum with architectural character. 77 Wade achieves this with the use of wood construction and the fusion of contrasting materials. Green Building + Architecture

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The provision of communal spaces for both the building’s users and the public, paralleled with the use of appropriate landscape design and softer and transparent cladding materials, makes 77 Wade Avenue a state-of-the-art contemporary office building that addresses the City and its urban citizens with a unique and innovative architectural language.

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5. Construction / Home Pillars Inc. will be onsite taking care of demolition, foundation, framing, roofing, electrical, plumbing, etc. All permits will be acquired and approved by the local municipality after each stage of construction. 6. Finishing / During finishing stages, clients tend to add extras and additional wishes to the project. This is totally up to them. Home Pillars Inc. is flexible with any finishing wishes. 7. Peace-of-mind warranty / The Home Pillars Inc. commitment to each client does not end the day possession of a new home is taken. In fact, the company considers itself still in the midst of a long and important relationship, offering homeowners peace of mind with registration with the Tarion new home warranty protection program.

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“We are honored to contribute to the development of this new neighborhood in Toronto,” said Kim Herforth Nielsen, Founder and Creative Director of 3XN. “3XN believes in creating buildings that focus on people and contribute to the public realm, which is our aim in this project as well. With T3 Bayside we created flexible office spaces that can meet the requirements of a diverse group of tenants both at the moment and in the foreseeable future.” Located at the northern edge of the Bayside development, situated along Queens Quay East and flanked by Merchant’s Wharf, T3 Bayside presents an opportunity to enhance and enforce the existing master plan on multiple levels. Through a series of stepped roof terraces, the building strengthens and emphasizes the movement and heights of the existing master plan at either end of the site. Photos Credit: 3XN

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The same terraces step downwards toward the plaza, a new urban gateway and focal point that invites visitors and residents alike into the Bayside community as a whole. T3 Bayside marks the entrance to the neighborhood, leading all visitors toward the new waterfront promenade and thus connecting the city of Toronto with Lake Ontario.

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nternational real estate firm Hines has announced plans for T3 Bayside, the first office building in Toronto’s emerging Bayside community, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Designed by the renowned Danish architecture firm 3XN, the 10-story structure will stand at 42 meters high, becoming the tallest timber office building not only in Toronto, but in all of North America. 3XN was selected by Hines to design an office space as part of the unprecedented 2,000-acre revitalization initiative that will transform Toronto’s waterfront. T3 Bayside joins 3XN’s two residential buildings in the

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area, Aqualuna and Aquabella, which activate Toronto’s newest and most dynamic live-workplay community. The new building and adjoining plaza will serve as dynamic visual and pedestrian gateway to the entire neighborhood, connecting residents and visitors to the revitalized waterfront. “With 3XN’s world class design and the building’s unrivaled amenity offering, T3 Bayside will truly set a new benchmark for creative office space and will ultimately be responsible for creating more than 3000 jobs at Bayside,” explained Avi Tesciuba, Senior Managing Director and Country Head from Hines.

T3 Bayside is designed to reflect and emphasize the emerging neighborhood in which it sits, a community modeled around the intertwining principals of life, work, and play, offering a multitude of opportunities for the next generation of Torontonians. The building creates a continuously activated ground level, with abundant retail opportunities available on all sides. At the base of the building a new central plaza has been created, around which are additional stepped community and shared spaces, including exhibition and gallery spaces, flexible offices space and coworking facilities. spring 2019

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Equal parts urban market, social space, and landscape, the new plaza is the public heart of the T3 Bayside project. Along the edge of the central plaza, corner lobbies, retail and café spaces are designed with flexibility and operability in mind. The building incorporates flexible event and community spaces that face the plaza on multiple levels, all of which can be used individually or booked together to facilitate various programming and events throughout the year. In this way, all activities within the space are visually connected to the central plaza, assuring that activity within the building is part of the exterior experience as well. Having established itself as a modern timber office building pioneer with T3 North Loop in Minneapolis, Hines was determined that T3 Bayside break new ground with respect to achieving new heights in heavy timber construction. Hines’ decision to use timber contributes to the sustainability of the building, both reducing construction time and allowing the building’s elements to be easily disassembled and re-used for other purposes. The materiality of timber defines the unique

interior aesthetics and will also be reflected in the exterior of the building. Both the material and the shape of the wooden frame will ensure great acoustics. The use of wood, a breathable and absorbent material that allows the release of moisture, ensures a naturally regulated and healthy indoor environment.

signed to accommodate a variety of programs. These office spaces can be directly connected to the lobby and help to activate the central plaza. Diagonal cuts in the building volume break the massing down to a more human scale around the plaza, and build back up to city scale as they rise across the façade.

“Canada, with its great forests, seems a natural place to build the tallest timber office building in North America and we are excited to be part of this development,” said Jens Holm, Partner in charge of 3XN North America and Head of Design for the T3 project. “The wooden structure will be a prominent part of the design and provide a warm tactile environment for the tenants that doesn’t compromise sustainability. The flexible layout will be able to meet the diverse needs of the users and bring people together.”

About 3XN: 3XN is one of Denmark’s most-renowned architecture firms. Since it was founded in 1986 by Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN has been advancing Scandinavian traditions of clarity and generosity in architecture and translating them for a global audience. The firm’s work is grounded in ongoing research into how buildings reflect and influence human behavior and the environment, which results in innovative solutions to increasingly complex contemporary challenges. Among 3XN’s highest-profile projects are Olympic House, the new HQ for the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney, The Blue Planet (National Aquarium) and Royal Arena, both in Copenhagen, and the Museum of Liverpool. Based in Copenhagen, the firm also maintains offices in Stockholm, New York, and Sydney.

T3 Bayside brings together a flexible office space with a mix of coworking and community spaces, offering an experience that appeals to a broad array of tenants. The shared office spaces each hold the potential to combine intimate, single-height zones and social, double-height zones that suit ideas of coworking and are de-

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hen Jose Ciancio immigrated to Canada in the early 1980s, it was absolutely no surprise that he immediately began working in construction in Toronto. Previously, he made his living building houses in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father, Francesco Ciancio, originally from Italy, had started the construction ball rolling there many years before, so the trend continued in South America. Once Jose began making a name for himself in the industry in Canada, and two sons came along, Leandro and Brian, it seemed inevitable that the family construction trend would continue. And that’s exactly what happened. “My brother and I are the third generation in the construction business,” says Leandro Ciancio, the president of Cio Can Homes, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. “Building houses is in our blood. It’s what we do. “We pride ourselves on building good quality homes. We are extremely passionate about our

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product and customer service. And we stand behind every corner of our houses, knowing that every piece of material was properly installed with a specific purpose in mind. “There is no such thing as a perfect house, but we strive to come as close as possible.” When they started out over 10 years ago, Leandro and Brian already had lots of hands-on experience, but it was augmented by university studies in business, with a focus on housing and real estate. That thoroughness has served the pair well over the years and Cio Can Homes has made a name for itself – even being featured in promotional commercials, advertising campaigns and television series. “Most of our marketing/promotion comes from word of mouth,” says Leandro. “Since relationships are so important to us, as is treating people the right way, our customers, neighbours, tradespeople and promotional partners always pass our name along. We enjoy working with good people and good people enjoy working with us.

“Because we try to build higher end homes, fully-furnished and decorated, and with the idea of being stylish towards a majority of people, we find our product is highly popular for promotional purposes. It helps that we try to appeal to a broad range of people, as well, and not just specific niches.” While Cio Can Homes uses top quality craftspersons in order to meet high standards, clients will also always find one brother or the other onsite, making sure things run smoothly, done properly and with the homeowner’s best interest in mind. “We specialize in high-end turnkey custom homes, providing our customers with a fullyfinished product on the date of closing,” assures Leandro. “When we hand them the keys, they can literally host a party that day if they want. “Appliances, sound systems, alarm systems, central vacuums, internet, media, furnaces, airconditioning units, landscaping, pools, televisions, furniture – and even artwork – can all be taken care of in order to meet our customer’s desires.” Green Building + Architecture

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BUILDING WITH WOOD If a client prefers, Brian says, Cio Can Homes can take full control of a project and build their dream home, sparing them any of the hassle. For example, once a theme for the house is finalized, the brothers can remove the usual pressures of having to pick a colour scheme, floors, cabinets, trim or doors – the Cio Can Homes’ team could do it all for them. They can also do house design, look after any permits, committee of adjustment details, exterior landscaping and Tarion new home warranty protection. Moreover, a sense of community is important to the brothers. They strongly believe in creating a product that positively affects a neighbourhood. “We take pride in bringing value, quality and good people to the community,” Brian says. “Relationships with neighbours are extremely important to us. Site cleanliness and safety also play a large role in what we do. A messy exterior portrays the idea of a messy interior and we do not stand for that. Driving by our sites, you will see them properly fenced off and always clean.” And then there’s the all-in-the-family factor. “The way we approach our business is this: If you buy one of our houses, you become part of the family and are taken care of accordingly.”

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love buildings. When I was eight years old my family moved to Hong Kong, one of the world’s most amazing cities. But even as I grew up fascinated by architecture, I also saw, in vivid detail, the heavy impact human activity had on the world around us. So, I also care deeply about protecting the environment. The environment can’t speak for itself. It needs us to speak and act on its behalf. How the built and natural environments can intersect for the benefit of both and ultimately, for us, the people who live in them is the focus of the work I do here at Sidewalk Labs. With Quayside, we’ve set ourselves a goal I am the first to admit is absurdly difficult: we are proposing to plan, build and operate the first climate positive community in North America. What, exactly, do we mean by climate positive? You may be more familiar with the terms ‘net zero energy’, “nearly zero” and spring 2019

‘carbon neutral.’ To achieve these classifications, a project must be able to show that over the course of a year, it can generate as much energy onsite from renewable resources (or purchase green energy through the power grid) as it consumes. Typically, honours are attained based upon projected energy use, estimated with computer models and assuming energy efficient tenants, rather than the project’s actual operating energy, because the role of the developer ends on opening day. Getting to net zero, or even close to, is no easy feat. Those efforts are to be applauded. That said, to achieve true sustainability, we need to take a step further, to climate positive. Why? Because, to stave off the worst impacts of global warming in the decades to come, we cannot maintain existing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We must reduce them significantly. Which brings us to the challenge as absurdly difficult as it is of creating a neighbourhood that goes beyond zero and improves the health of the existing environment through

its development. The opportunity to aim for climate positive in Toronto is an objective of Waterfront Toronto for the Quayside development. In 2014, Ontario demonstrated world leadership by completing its elimination of coal fired power generation; a remarkable reduction from 25% of supply to zero in just ten years. Today, 90 percent of the power generated in Ontario is GHG-free. That’s like moving the starting line in a 100 metre dash up 65 metres because you have access to ample GHG-free energy through the power grid. In the race to get to climate positive, it gives Toronto a huge advantage over other cities in North America. With the development at Quayside, we have the opportunity to use design principles and building techniques and materials to create structures modelled on the concepts behind Passive House. Passive House is one of the most rigorous voluntary standards for energy efficiency, and it has its roots in Canada with the construction of Saskatchewan Conservation House in Reginain 1977. Green Building + Architecture

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We also have the opportunity to learn from completed projects that have sought and achieved unprecedented performance. Many of these projects have found how in construction and operations, modeled results fall short. Rather than build first and learn later why our buildings don’t meet modeled projections, we decided to study the energy use of existing buildings in Toronto, and compare actual build-

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ing performance with modeled projections. That work is captured in detail in a white paper you can read here. The study found that, on average, multifamily buildings in Toronto are using 39% more gas for heating and 21% more gas for domestic hot water generation than modeled, and on the flip side, residents are using 26% less electricity than predicted. The diagnosis

for these gaps includes optimistic modeling of exterior wall construction, and how well steel components (which are superhighways for heat) are insulated (like a stirring spoon in a hot cooking pot) and outdated assumptions about the energy intensity of equipment and devices. And beyond modeling conventions, there are also lessons to learn about how systems are actually operated in buildings versus idealized models.

One of the major choices we’ve made with Quayside, to move us to our goal of climate positive, is to go 100% electric including heating. As I mentioned earlier, Toronto and Ontario are already ahead of the climate-positive curve by having electricity generation that is 90% GHG free. That said, the reality of demand cycles is that power drawn during peak hours, even in Toronto, is at its most GHG-intensive. In Ontario, this is when gas-fired generation plants come online. To bridge the supply gap in Quayside, we’re planning on using a combination of solar and battery power, as well as geothermal exchange, sewer (waste water) heat and the heat rejected by air conditioning systems which run year-round for some commercial and industrial uses. We’re also moving toward the goal of making our buildings more autonomous. We want them to learn from how their occupants use them and, for example, turn down or up the temperature when a space is unoccupied. Many people have early versions of this technology in their homes today in the form of smart thermostats. We’re looking at expanding this approach to a building’s entire energy ecosystem. We have many more ideas in development, many of which we shared at Roundtable 4. We’re building on those ideas later today at

Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel, where I’ll be making a public presentation on our Pathway to Climate Positive Communities. I’ll be covering six main areas where we’re working today:

Active Stormwater Management: Developing a connected, green stormwater infrastructure that reintroduces nature into a gritty urban environment while reducing the need and cost of concrete infrastructure in buildings.

Advanced Power Grid: How we can use solar, batteries and new dynamic electricity rates to reduce peak demand (when grid-based power is at its highest GHG content)

Smart Disposal Chain: Using smart chutes and a pneumatic waste system to enable “pay as you throw” disposal, feedback to individuals on the community’s sorting practices and streets without garbage trucks.

Thermal Grid: Like a power grid, a thermal grid with heat pumps can exchange energy between “sinks” and “sources” to move heat from areas with excess (like the sewer system, which is full of hot water from showers) to areas that want more (like your home on a cold winter day) and also to seasonal thermal batteries, which is a service that geothermal wells can provide. Low Load Buildings: Insulated and airtight buildings require less heating and cooling and can maintain occupiable temperatures without heating through a wintertime power outage of at least three days. Advanced Energy Management: Expand automated, easy-to-use controls to a building’s entire energy ecosystem to reduce energy waste and customer utility costs.

The proposed community of Quayside is just that, a proposal. Everything we’re planning is iterative. All of our hypotheses will not play out. It’s also why we’re sharing our plans, and listening to feedback, every step of the way. Toronto already has a reputation as a world leader in building and energy innovation. Quayside offers the potential to build on that progress and deliver a North American first a community that is actively and measurably climate positive. Want to know more? You can download my presentation to Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel here and read the reports on our residential and commercial building studies.

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“I decided to start acquiring several development properties in Florida,” says Novembre, a registered real estate salesperson with the Real Estate Council of Ontario, and a member of both the Toronto Real Estate Board and the Ontario Real Estate Association. “The market there appealed to me due to various socioeconomic factors such as low unemployment, no state tax, positive immigration and relatively inexpensive land values relative to other markets.” Fast forward to 2019 and Novembre is involved in the development of a luxury condo hotel project in Clearwater Beach, Florida, called The Avalon. The builder for the project is Sunwest Construction LLC and key partners working with Novembre include noted real estate developer Peter Meroli and Abid Chaudry, of BMO Capital Markets. “My guiding principle for assembling the right team is finding the people with the right experience and proven track record who can execute without any major hiccups,” Novembre says. “Construction projects always seem to be riddled with issues that need to be dealt with, but when you work with the right people these issues can be remedied quickly and without substantial cost. These principles have served me well over the years.”

Each unit has a private balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and a short stroll will take visitors to Pier 60, a popular spot to experience nightly festivities, fine dining and casual restaurants, and live entertainment. “We have also incorporated green technologies such as turtle friendly lighting, rooftop solar panels and Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats and lighting to make this building far more marketable than our peer group,” Novembre added. www.theavalonclub.com

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place with far too much regularity in the construction industry. “If you look at a typical planning process when people are doing a large renovation, addition or custom home, you will find a client calling two or three contractors,” he explains. “They have meetings, discuss the project and then contractors follow up with a proposal. “Assuming the client likes one of the offers, it’s at that point that they commit … to the whole project,” he says. “Does that make sense, though?” Butler emphatically says “no!” In his mind, at that point, neither party really knows what they’re building, what trades are involved, or how long the project will take. “We would never expose our clients to those risks,” he says. Instead, Alair Homes of Aurora has a three-step process: 1) Project feasibility / Questions are answered. Is a project even possible? What is the budget range? The schedule? 2) Project planning / Clients build their budget. A project is designed, options are explored and a firm budget is selected by the client. A schedule is then created to work with vendors. 3) Construction / With decisions made, a budget and schedule created, Alair Homes of Aurora is ready to start. Only at this point does a client commit. “We love what we do and our passion shows in every project,” says Barnes. “Every custom project has a dedicated project manager who works with the client and communicates every day. We like to think of ourselves as ‘sitting on the same side of the table as our clients.’”

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