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Message from the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC

Alberta’s sustainable building community is an energetic, thriving part of the province’s massive construction industry, a vital component of Alberta’s very robust economy. Professionals in our industry have their finger on the pulse of the province – today and well into the future. The Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium’s 15th anniversary this year offers an excellent opportunity to reflect on the path our industry has taken over the past 15 years and the accomplishments we have achieved together. At the centre of the action is the Alberta Chapter – Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC]. With your support, the Alberta Chapter – CaGBC has become the voice of green building in our province. Working with Alberta’s building industry – architects, engineers, interior designers, construction firms, developers, building owners and operators, the Alberta Government and local municipalities – the Alberta Chapter offers a full suite of programs and initiatives to further the philosophies and actions that transform our built environment into an enviably sustainable future. The Alberta Chapter’s work in awareness-building, advocacy and education supports the CaGBC mission to lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada. Supporting the Alberta Chapter are three groups essential to the Chapter’s success: our members, our sponsors and our volunteer Board of Directors. To carry out its ambitious mandate, the Alberta Chapter partners through sponsorship with Alberta industry leaders who share our strong commitment to sustainable building. This partnership offers recognition and benefits throughout the year as a Chapter sponsor and, beginning the sponsorship year, high-profile recognition at the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium, our province’s premier green building event.

The Alberta Chapter’s volunteer nine-member Board of Directors also plays a pivotal role in helping the Chapter fulfil its ambitious mandate. These professionals bring a variety of professional and geographic perspectives to the table, ensuring the Chapter’s vision serves the wide array of interests and locales within Alberta’s green building community. Their commitment to, and insights about, our industry are crucial to its success. Finally, speaking of success, I am particularly proud of the calibre of program offered at the 2012 Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium. The program balances interests across our industry, offering a depth of information to delegates. The Symposium offers the perfect opportunity to reflect on our progress over the past 15 years and focus our excitement over the potential of the next 15 years. See you there! Sincerely,

Tanya Doran Executive Director Alberta Chapter - CaGBC

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Join the action!

The Alberta Chapter Canada Green Building Council is the voice for the green building community in Alberta.

When you become an Alberta Chapter member, you benefit by: 9 influencing the transformation of the building industry, 9 networking and forming partnerships with like-minded individuals and organizations, 9 learning from professionals, 9 facilitating your career advancement, 9 showing leadership by promoting a better built environment, 9 receiving regular updates about chapter activities and industry news, 9 receiving discounts for chapter events – including the Alberta SBS.

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Contents Featured articles 6

News and Events



Calgary and Sustainable Building

Architectural Students Go Green



Waste Reduction

Powering the Future



Alberta Municipal Place

Society Driven Solutions


Academic Research Centre

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Local Industry Events UPCOMING WORKSHOPS + EVENTS April 3

*Green Building Economics for Municipal Leaders – Webinar #1

June 6-12

Canadian Society for Civic Engineering annual conference - Edmonton

April 11

Government of Alberta webinar

June 11-13

April 18

Government of Alberta webinar

CaGBC National Conference & Expo 2012 - Toronto

April 25

*Green Building Economics for Municipal Leaders – Webinar #2

May 3

Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium - Calgary

May 15-16

Green Associate Study Course - Edmonton

May 23

*Green Building Economics for Municipal Leaders - Webinar #3

Nov.27-28 BIM Symposium - Edmonton * Free webinars for registrants of the Green Building Economics for Municipal Leaders education program and for Alberta Chapter members. Taken on demand April 3 - 25 and April 25 - May 3.

May 28-29 LEED Green Assoiate Study Course - Calgary May 29

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The Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium 2012 offers delegates the best green building professional development and networking opportunity of the year. If you are a building owner or operator, architect, engineer, builder, supplier, municipal planner or building policy maker, stay ahead of the green building curve – attend the Symposium!

Take a look at the program schedule â–ˇ

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Thursday May 3, 2012 Calgary BMO Centre, Stampede Park



Keep in touch with the latest eco-friendly products and services at the Green Building Innovation Showcase! Take advantage of the opportunity to chat one-on-one with products and services suppliers to see how they can help deliver on the green agenda. The Showcase opens as soon as registration begins. Stroll through the area with coffee in hand during breaks throughout the day – and during the evening reception. Check out for details.

The Symposium is a GBCI Approved Course, approved for 11 Continuing Education hours. Those attending the Symposium may also be able to claim continuing professional development credits for self-reporting organizations such as the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors [CIQS], the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta [APEGA] and the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta [ASET].


Scan this code to reach the Symposium registration screen. Don’t delay! After Monday, April 23, registration fee for the Symposium is $625.00 + GST. Register at

presenters offer wealth of expertise

[1] Reducing energy costs & GHG emissions at the University of Calgary Joanne Perdue, Director of Sustainability, Jim Sawers, Director of Campus Engineering, and Murray Sloan, Senior Manager of Energy and Utilities, all with the University of Calgary

[2] LEED innovations for

school design builders Neville Doyle, Design Manager for the project, Michelle Orizzonte, Project Coordinator, and Lindsey Teare, LEED Specialist, all with Graham Group Ltd.

[3] Demystifying

green building certification Matt Grace

[4] Lessons learned – net-zero precast concrete home Wayne Kassian, Structural Engineer, Kassian Dyck & Associates, and Ignacio Cariaga, LEED Green Associate, Lafarge



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[5] Making the case

for green to tenants Graham Halsall, Project Manager, and Adrien Deveau, Principal, both with Halsall Associates

[9] Moving hospitals toward net-zero energy

[6] Designing multi-family toward net-zero

[10] Making energy benchmarking

Brian Scott, Principal Partners, The Communitas Group Ltd., Dean Turgeon, President and Founder, Vital Engineering, and Jennifer Hancock, Director, Sustainable Construction, Chandos Construction Ltd.

[7] LRT – catalyst

for neighbourhood renewal Michael Woodland, Partner, GEC Architecture, and Jeff Schurek, Senior Landscape Architect, ISL Engineering and Land Services

[8] Permitting for

solar and wind power Neil Younger, City of Calgary, and John Rilett, Director, Residential Market Development, ENMAX Corporation

Paul Marmion, Buildings Engineering Senior Principal, and Ray Pradinuk, Architectural Principal, both with Stantec more effective Kirk Johnson, Manager, GREEN UP Program, Canada Green Building Council

[11] Efficient + sustainable design strategies Jeff Rabinovitch, Principal, Sustainable Design Advisor, and Melissa Kindratsky, Design Engineer, Sustainable Design Advisor, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

[12] LEEDing the charge for

sustainable neighbourhoods Robin Levesque, Manager of Land and Properties, City of Medicine Hat

[13] Lean thinking for green building Murray Guy, President & CEO, Integrated Designs Inc.

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Welcome ceremonies Looking forward – bright green strategies - Alex Steffen BREAK - Located in Green Building Innovation Showcase

Room A 10:00 - 10:20am 10:20 - 10:40am

Reducing energy costs & GHG emissions at the University of Calgary 1

10:40 - 11:00am 11:00 - 11:20am 11:20 - 11:40am

Green Building Innovation Showcase

Registration & Breakfast

Room B

Room C

Demystifying green building certification3

Designing multi-family toward net-zero 6

Lessons learned net-zero precast concrete home 4

LRT catalyst

for neighbourhood renewal 7

LEED innovations for school design builders 2

Making the case for green to tenants 5

Permitting for solar & wind 8

11:40 - 12:00pm 12:00 - 12:45pm 12:45 - 1:45pm

LUNCH Calling Mother Nature for

1:50 - 2:40pm 2:40 - 2:55pm

2:55 - 3:15pm

4:05 - 4:25pm

- Eric Corey Freed

Green Business Speed Dating BREAK - Located in Green Building Innovation Showcase

Moving hospitals toward net-zero energy

3:20 - 4:00pm

design inspiration

Making building benchmarking more accessible 10

LEEDing the charge

Efficient, sustainable

Lean thinking for

for sustainable neighbourhoods 12


design strategies


green building


Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

4:25 - 4:30pm


4:30 - 6:00pm

Reception - Located in Green Building Innovation Showcase


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SAIT architectural students go green Taking their place among the multitude of post-secondary students walking the stage this spring is a unique new group: graduates from the first program in Canada to fully integrate a LEED course accredited by the Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC] into its curriculum.


This allows them to network with industry,

“I came from industry before I started

Technologies program [AT] made the accred-



and companies will gain access to skilled

teaching in 2010. We were lacking people

ited LEED course a requirement beginning

problem solvers.

who understood the [LEED] program, so we

in January 2012 to ensure graduates leave school with the skills they need today — and tomorrow.

would have to retrain everybody. This actually “An employer could already be confident they were getting a technologically skilled

brings in graduates who are better prepared. They are definitely needed,” says Loston.

student from SAIT,” says Bond Ramsden. “It gives them a jump start,” says Tracey Loston, AT Instructor of the course. “Rather

“Now they can be confident they are getting a skilled, innovative student.”

than just teaching them the way things are now, we want to prepare them for the future.”

Additionally, having the accredited course as part of the diploma will help make integrated, high-performance design, construc-

The AT program falls within SAIT’s School of Construction, which focuses on setting

tion and operation the rule rather than the exception.

Previously, the LEED course was offered

students up for success. The LEED course

as an option at night. While still available in

does that. It also gives the school another

“Starting it at this level is going to have

the evenings, integrating the course into the

point of differentiation and assists in meeting

a huge impact, I believe, on the industry

diploma better prepares students for the pro-

industry demand.

because everybody leaves with that knowl-

fessional exam and fills a growing industry need.

edge instead of having it as a speciality.” Governments and companies are increasingly adopting LEED as a mandate for their

AT’s Academic Chair Reva Bond Ramsden

buildings, forcing firms to upgrade employ-

says students will receive a competitive edge

ees’ training at their own expense, explains

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Academic Research Centre Athabasca University The Academic Research Centre is the newest addition to the Athabasca University [AU] campus. Athabasca University, a leader in the field of distance education, was experiencing an urgent need for a new facility to create a social heart for its academic and research staff. AU’s campus, nestled within the beautiful boreal forest of Athabasca, had been experiencing rapid student enrolment growth, and needed a new facility to accommodate its expanding base of researchers and faculty in a modern facility. One key feature of the Academic and Research Centre is a stunning roof structure that celebrates Athabasca’s wood-based economy.

LOCATION Athabasca University is situated in an environment of outstanding natural beauty. This meant that the new facility’s location had to be a key design consideration for the project. The Academic Research Centre is designed to “nestle within the trees,” integrating with both the site’s boreal forest landscape, and the campus’ existing buildings as well as a sensitive nesting area for redwing black birds. PROGRAMMING One major objective for the project was to maximize open workspace within the building so as to increase social capital and encourage the opportunity for discussion and exchange between students and faculty, across disciplines. The building takes advantage of natural daylight and the pleasing views across the site, using clerestories and high window walls along the east and west façades to provide superb daylighting to all interior spaces.

Another crucial goal was to allow for adaptability and flexibility within the space. As programming and technology changes at AU, the spaces within the building will adapt as needed. We needed to plan for and accommodate future growth at AU.


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The Academic Research Centre “symbolizes a bold and immeasurable structure that epitomizes the University’s vision of fostering a knowledge economy.” Dr. Lisa Carter, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at AU.

Athabasca University [Athabasca, AB] needed a new Academic and Research Centre for its campus, following a period of rapid enrolment growth. The project’s primary goal was to create a beautiful and comfortable, healthy and productive workplace for the faculty and staff of Athabasca University. The end result is a bright, airy and sustainable facility that will be an asset to AU in the future! The Academic and Research Centre was designed to LEED® Gold standards. The facility is designed to “nestle within the trees”, integrating both the site with existing buildings while celebrating contemporary sustainable architecture.

DESIGN From a design perspective, our integrated team wanted to provide daylight to all regularly occupied space within the building. The Academic Research Centre takes advantage of natural daylight and pleasing views across the site, using clerestories and high window walls along the east and west façades. Ultimately, the Academic Research Centre provides a comfortable, healthy, productive and sustainable workplace for both the students and staff of Athabasca University.

Displacement ventilation and operable windows allow fresh air to circulate through the building, while energy-efficient building systems reduce energy consumption.

SUSTAINABILITY The Academic Research Centre is a model of sustainability, combining energy-efficient building technologies with cutting edge networking and communications technologies. Displacement ventilation and operable windows allow fresh air to circulate through the building, while energy-efficient building systems reduce energy consumption. The facility was designed to LEED Gold standards. The Academic Research Centre seeks to serve Athabasca University well into its bright future.



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sustainable construction excellence.

Construction & demolition waste accounts for

Waste reduction your chance to make an impact According to the Recycling Council of Alberta, construction and demolition [C&D] waste accounts for about 25% of the total amount of municipal solid waste sent to landfills in Alberta. The Council furthers estimates that no more than 10% of all C&D waste is currently recycled. Even with all the reduction,

25% of the total amount

Less than

of municipal solid


waste sent to landfills in Alberta

of C&D

waste is recycled

reuse and recycling options available across Alberta, it’s amazing that so much waste still ends up in landfills. Although there are many factors that contribute to waste generation and diversion on a construction site, the contractor can play a leadership role in attempting to reduce landfill waste. Perhaps it’s time construction companies challenged themselves to be more sustainable in their approach to waste, and not just on LEED® projects. One contributing factor to the success of diverting waste is education. It’s easy to bring on one waste bin and send it off to the landfill whenever it gets full. However, sorting waste into different bins and ensuring all site personnel are aware of the program takes time, energy, communication and commitment.


So if recycling takes some

education and somework, why should we take the time and energy to recycle? First, it has to be for the good of the environment.

If you are looking to start a recycling initiative in your company, here are some suggestions for start-up:

Get office and site management on-board. Find a waste hauler who is willing to ensure your waste gets to the right facilities. Track and record waste generation and diversion on each site. Feedback to the sites and the company is important. Research recycling or reuse facilities in your area to ensure you are aware of all the options. Include waste reduction goals in accountability agreements and job descriptions. It is possible for a construction company to influence the amount of waste being sent to the landfill. Talk about a great way to make an impact!

We can only live in a disposable environment for so long before it just isn’t sustainable anymore.

Second, if done well, recycling can save money. Items like metal, cardboard, asphalt and concrete are commodities; they either put money back into your pocket or are free to dispose of. Other items like wood or drywall generally have cheaper tipping fees than general waste landfill tipping fees.

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PCL Construction is the general contractor on the $400 million SAIT Trades & Technology Complex. Scheduled to open this fall, the complex will house the MacPhail School of Energy, the School of Construction, the School of Manufacturing and Automation, the Enerplus Innovation Centre and the Career Exploration Centre. It will add 740,000 square feet of state-of-the-art work and study space, translating to an additional 20,000 skilled technicians and technologists in next 10 years.

Trades and Technology Complex

The project is targeting LEED Silver certification and is set to earn high credits in two major Sustainable Site LEED categories:

the Public

Transportation Access credit and the Development Density and Community Connectivity credit, awarded to projects that significantly reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, three further Innovation in Design credits are being targeted. The Green Building Education Program credit will consist of setting up digital display systems and guided building tours once they are built, which will allow occupants and visitors to learn about the building’s various sustainable aspects. The Green Housekeeping credit will consist of the facilities management staff using Green Seal certified cleaning agents to maintain the buildings once they are built. Finally, the GREENGUARD Furniture credit will consist of supplying and installing system furniture which are GREENGUARD certified and contain low-VOC contents, aiding the health of building occupants and decreasing the amount of absentee days.

BUILDER PCL Construction Management Inc. - OWNER The Board of Governors of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology [SAIT] Polytechnic - ARCHITECT Gibbs Gage Architects - STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Dialog - ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Crossey Engineering Ltd. MECHANICAL ENGINEER Wiebe Forest Engineering Ltd., a division of SNC-Lavalin - SITE SERVICES Morrison Hershfield - LEED CONSULTANT Enermodal Engineering Limited


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PCL is committed to achieving the sustainability goals of SAIT Polytechnic and their funding partner, Alberta Infrastructure. Their visionary support of green building principles for the Trades and Technology Complex will significantly enhance the operation and use of the facilities for generations of students. Jason Portas SAIT TTC construction manager, PCL Construction

The SAIT TTC buildings are targeting a minimum savings of 27% overall energy use through innovative designs in the mechanical and electrical systems and high-efficiency building envelope. The installed integrated measurement and verification systems will allow the building maintenance staff to monitor and adjust the demands of the building and the occupant loads accordingly to also help minimize the energy use. PCL, committed to reducing their environmental footprint, has gone beyond minimum LEED requirements on the SAIT TTC project. They took the initiative to support alternative energy through Bullfrog Power for the temporary power requirements of the construction project. They also put all their temporary lights and crane lights on timers to minimize energy consumption and light pollution; to reduce paper consumption, all internal meetings are reviewed on an LCD projector.

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St. Joseph Seminary Achieving a sustainable vision

Edmonton has been home to the St. Joseph Seminary since 1927. As the seminary expanded, it moved several times to larger and more modern buildings. Today, the seminary sits at the crest of the North Saskatchewan River bank overlooking downtown Edmonton.

St. Joseph Seminary is about faith and community. The design speaks to history and to continuity. It evokes the tradition of monastic buildings with their cloisters, courtyards and gardens. At the same time, it is open and forward looking, a contemporary and vital institution with strong connections to the community. St. Joseph Seminary is an important legacy for the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. This vision demands a building durable enough to last. Energy conservation is also important; the seminary is targeting LEED-NC certification. Lowtemperature heating systems with condensing boilers, exhaust air energy recovery and energy-efficient lighting contribute to a lowered footprint. Wherever possible, the equipment, systems and building envelope were designed with a 50-year service life.

Garden. Photo: Tom Arban


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The seminary is enduring architecture, appropriate and respectful of the surrounding community. The exterior finishes draw from the character of the site and from St. Joseph’s Basilica, flagship of the Catholic Archdiocese. The combination of stone, brick, metal and glass provide a quiet, elegant palette. Creating the design required a truly integrated design process. Extensive visioning and goal setting established targets for aesthetics and sustainability. Regular design workshops included the client and contractor and focused on collaboration and integration between disciplines and across the different phases of design and construction. Several innovative solutions were reached – the glass bell tower is heated through the structural columns, marrying functional requirements with design to meet environmental needs while maintaining visual focus on the enclosed bronze bells. The 11.5-metre-high, 250-seat chapel at the centre of the building speaks eloquently to the result of close collaboration. This spiritual space provides

Chapel. Photo: Jason Ness

a welcoming place of worship, communion and celebration for the seminarians. Historic stained glass windows were carefully preserved from the previous seminary and reinstalled on three of the chapel façades. Supplementing the abundant natural light is exceptionally efficient artificial lighting with a lighting power density 30% below the allowance of ASHRAE-90.1. The chapel’s radiant slab heating and cooling system creates a warm and inviting space while leaving ceiling space free for artistic expression. Adjacent to the chapel, an enclosed garden forms another feature. Its shape and orientation ensure the building is flooded with natural light. The courtyard features drought-tolerant landscaping.

The seminary is enduring architecture, appropriate and respectful of the surrounding community.

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Across the province, municipalities own and operate a vast range of buildings, including city halls, libraries, arenas, recreation centres, fire halls and recycling facilities. So it’s no surprise that rising energy costs and growing environmental awareness have made energy efficiency a priority for local governments.

In 2010, AUMA,

MCCAC partners, completed extensive Edmonton. Alberta Municipal Place incorporates numerous energy-efficient technologies and green building design strategies, and has applied for BOMA BESt certification. one of the

renovations to its headquarters in

New centre helps Alberta communities

improve energy efficiency Since 2010, the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre [MCCAC]

Municipalities can then use a self-assessment tool developed by the

has offered a one-stop shop for municipalities looking to take action

MCCAC to achieve a deeper understanding of the building’s energy

on climate change. The centre – a partnership between the Alberta

consumption and the potential for savings. However, many munici-

Urban Municipalities Association [AUMA], the Alberta Association of

palities elect to have a detailed energy assessment conducted by a

Municipal Districts and Counties [AAMDC], and the Government of

professional consultant, in order to qualify their retrofit projects for

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– provides the information and resources communities needed to improve their environmental performance.

“We can offer up to $75,000 to help municipalities offset the costs of improving their buildings,” said Hawkesworth. “Our rebate program

For example, through MCCAC’s TAME [Taking Action to Manage

shares implementation costs with a municipality to a maximum of

Energy Buildings Initiative] program, municipalities can compare the

$25,000. The remainder is available as a bonus program that awards

energy performance of their buildings with similar buildings across

funds on the basis of actual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

the province.

Hawkesworth says the MCCAC has experienced a steady increase

“We have created a data base that is unique to Alberta, with actual

in the number of municipalities interested in the program. Nearly a

energy consumption measures for over 300 municipal facilities,” said

dozen detailed energy assessments are currently being reviewed and

MCCAC Coordinator Bob Hawkesworth. “The data are normalized for

funding agreements are likely to follow soon.

different climate zones so we are able to directly compare buildings wherever in Alberta they are.”

“Given that we have enough funds for approximately 20 municipalities, this level of interest in such a short time is extraordinary,”

Learning how a community’s buildings are performing often pro-

he said. “It’s clear that Alberta’s municipalities care about reducing

vides the motivation to make some changes. “Comparing ourselves to

their environmental footprint, and the MCCAC is pleased to be able to

others is a natural human reaction,” Hawkesworth said. “It’s sort of like

provide them with the tools and resources to make it possible,” said

keeping up with the Joneses in operating green buildings.”


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As the first Canadian municipality to adopt a sustainable building policy, The City of Calgary is committed to building green. Since 2003, all new City of Calgary buildings are now designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] standards. The City develops sustainable buildings that enhance the indoor and outdoor environment, reduce the impact on natural resources and provide long-term savings to citizens.

All newly occupied City-owned and City-funded buildings in excess of 500 square metres must meet or exceed the gold level of the LEED® New Construction rating system. Major renovations of occupied facilities must meet or exceed either the certified level of the LEED® New Construction rating system, or the silver level of the LEED® Commercial Interiors rating system.

City of Calgary LEED-certified buildings include: • • • • • • • • •

The City’s commitment to green building is not reserved to major renovations and new builds. Minor renovations, unoccupied buildings, landscape/ non-building infrastructure and projects involving less than 500 square metres are directed to follow The City of Calgary’s Sustainable Building Best Practices. By focusing on protecting, improving and sustaining the environment in its building practices, The City of Calgary has positioned itself as a leader in

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POWERING THE FUTURE at the University of Calgary The University of Calgary campus is undergoing an aggressive expansion, and a new $38 million cogeneration plant is set to fuel the university for the future. The 45-year-old main campus is in the final stages of a $1 billion expansion launched in 2006. From the beginning, the university maintained its com-


mitment to sustainability by developing an ‘Energy Performance Initiatives’ program to implement energy conservation and efficiency measures. They collaborated with Stantec, a leading global design firm, to find an innovative solution to meet the university’s fast-growing energy needs while reducing their carbon footprint and dependence on the provincial electric grid. In 2005, Stantec began evaluating the energy needs of the future campus. A greenhouse gas analysis revealed the cogeneration scenario would reduce


cogeneration plant will provide

power requirement

[1]. About 25%


of total annual

of the cost of the

cogeneration plant will be returned to the university in the form of energy savings


carbon emissions two-fold, compared with all other initiatives combined. The 13 MW cogeneration plant in conjunction with additional conservation measures will enable the university to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80,000 tonnes per year.


The cogeneration plant consists of a combustion turbine generator coupled to a 200-MMBtu/hour heat recovery boiler which provides both electricity for the campus and the hot water used to heat buildings. The only supplemental fuel required is natural gas. The electrical power produced by the plant will be used exclusively to reduce the university’s dependence on the Alberta electric grid and will equal approximately 75% of the total annual power requirement. As part of the project scope, Stantec also upgraded the existing campus electrical distribution system and provided provisions for an additional 13.2kV distribution ring for the proposed West Campus. By replacing carbon-intensive grid power with power generated on campus using natural gas, and recovering waste heat from this power generation, the university’s new cogeneration plant returns about 25% of its initial cost to university coffers each year in the form of energy savings. Despite their largest-ever expansion, the University’s carbon emissions will drop 43% below 1990 levels.

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1 “Champagne” precast concrete multi-family residential. Quarry Park - Calgary [1]. The net zero home in Edmonton should achieve LEED Platinum [2].

Society Driven Solutions Successful companies are in a constant state of evolution. The levers that drive this change are the needs of society, which vary from location to location around the world. Lafarge is a global company, operating in 78 countries, which provides a unique perspective. In the past, economic performance was the primary gauge of success, which is still very important in today’s world. However, it is impossible to have continued economic success, without respecting all the conse-


quences of business choices. The world has a finite limit of raw materials and a sensitive eco system. Lafarge understands that there must be a balance between economic, environmental and social drivers. We also understand that “activists” can only illustrate challenges while companies, like Lafarge, can make a significant improvement through their actions. Lafarge is evolving from a construction material supplier to a building solutions provider. To guide us on this path, the most important thing we can do is to engage the stakeholders in each of the communities where we operate. We are listening, learning and working to create building and infrastructure solutions that align with the needs of society today, but also respect future generations. This concept can be exemplified by the net zero energy home currently being fabricated in Edmonton. On this project learning is the primary goal for Lafarge and all the other stakeholders. We felt that the best method to expand the knowledge base was to establish a goal, design and construct a project targeting the goal, and then validate the results through measurement. In this case, the integrative design team not only included design professionals, but also industry specialists which enhanced the process. While net zero was our primary target we also set a goal to achieve LEED Platinum certification for homes. We expect this project will meet both

In addition, we are working on Remington Development Corporation’s Quarry Park which is a “brown field” development in Calgary. This development, which will reclaim a depleted aggregate quarry, is based on the theme “live, work and play” in the same community. Remington’s office building in the campus achieved LEED Gold. The Champagne multi-family component of this development has recently been “uncorked”. Furthermore, knowledge gleaned from the net zero learning vehicle is already being incorporated in this project. Lafarge believes that learning and education will be the key to implementing our sustainable building solution strategy. Currently 50% of our worldwide research and development budget is targeting this ambition. We are eager to listen, learn and create a better future for all.

CHAMPAGNE PROJECT BUILDER Remington Development Corporation ARCHITECT Gibbs Gage STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Kassian Dyck & Associates HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT BUILDER Habitat for Humanity - ARCHITECT Stantec - STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Kassian Dyck & Associates

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Ralph Klein Environmental Education Centre 2


Located on the outskirts of Calgary, the Shepard wetland is part of a 227ha storm water management project to improve the quality of storm water entering the Bow River, and to create a habitat for wildlife. In conjunction with the storm water project, Ralph Klein Park was developed as a 28ha open space that will highlight the environmental attributes of wetland environments while providing educational and recreational opportunities. 3

The 1,932m2, two-storey building sits on piles within the wetland and is connected to the shore by two bridges. The program includes classrooms, exhibition space, administrative and support facilities, and space for public education. The use and conservation of water is the most visible sustainable design theme which incorporates composting and low-flush toilets, waterless urinals, and areas of vegetated roofs. The building sub-structure and main floor deck are of concrete construction, above which the primary structure transitions into glulam post and beam. Gabion walls of local stone and aluminum-framed curtain walls are the other main materials used. 4

Energy-conserving strategies began with careful building orientation and included a high-performance rain screen exterior envelope, along with specific measures to reduce solar heat gain and glare. Solar panels provide do-


mestic hot water and partial heating for the radiant slab. Operable windows and extensive solar shading have resulted in no requirement for traditional air conditioning. All exterior windows are low-E triple glazed. The glazing tint was chosen for its high degree of transparency coupled with superior shading performance.


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Carry peel and stick membrane and insulation over shear wall

Green roof perimeter gravel edge Galvanized metal curb Carry membrane and insulation over structural support

HSS support 300mm thick gabion basket veneer [rock filled] Galvanized decking

Glulam joist

Gabion guard at green roof Concrete shear wall

The building sits on piles within the wetland and is accessed from shore by two bridges [1 and 2]. Interiors feature exposed glulam framing by Western Archrib, and gabion walls constructed of local stone [3 and 4]. Exterior cladding is zinc and cement board [5]. Glazing along the length of the main hall brings in daylight and offers views of the site [6]. Partial ceilings painted white with low-VOC paint reflect light from indirect fixtures. Interior lighting is controlled by daylight and motion sensors [7].

Artificial lighting was designed with a combination of low-voltage controls, motion sensors and daylighting sensors. Lighting on the outside of the building is connected to both the Building Management System as well as to a photocell control system which extend life and reduce energy consumption. To maximize life-cycle performance, the building is durable and easily maintained through the use of a glulam structure and exterior materials such as zinc and composite cement board which can be recycled.


ARCHITECT Simpson Roberts Architecture Interior Design Inc, Calgary - OWNER/DEVELOPER City of Calgary Parks, Calgary - GENERAL CONTRACTOR Graham Construction, Calgary - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Carson McCulloch & Associates, Calgary - CIVIL ENGINEER CH2M Hill, Calgary - ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Stebnicki + Partners, Calgary - MECHANICAL ENGINEER SNC Lavalin, Calgary - STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Read Jones Christoffersen, Calgary - INTERIOR DESIGN Dotted i, Calgary - LEED CONSULTANT James Love, Calgary - PHOTOS Steve Nagy, Charles Hope, Calgary


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