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MANITOBA Canada Green Building Council

ISSUE 1, SPRING 2011, Manitoba Chapter, CaGBC Regional Publication /

FOCUS FIRST

ISSUE! Sir Sam Steele School

Habitat for Humanity Development

34 houses target LEED Platinum to make it one of the most sustainable in Canada

Manitoba Innovation

CIC Manitoba Centre

Green Seen Submissions from reader’s travels

Green Leader profile Cindy Choy

local industry news people & events


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Editorial

Welcome to Manitoba Focus New opportunities and actions for growth and change within our community and industry are sprouting up all around us, and it is our pleasure to bring attention to some of them in our first Manitoba Chapter, CaGBC SABMag insert. Green building in Manitoba has seen much success over the last year. Manitoba is pulling alongside other provinces as the number of LEEDregistered projects and the number of LEED-certified buildingshas increased significantly, and continues to rise. At our monthly chapter events, attendance, membership and support from our sponsors has been fantastic; we consider every new relationship an expansion of our growing green building community. We have had a great many advancements towards our goal of a sustainable built environment in Manitoba including, presentationsto the City of Winnipeg, changes to the national building code, and many successful events partnered with local associations. We continue to work on projects in collaboration with other community leaders such as with Assiniboine Credit Union onthe “Your Greener Home” campaign, and with Green Manitoba onthe green products database. There are many individuals, associations and organizations in the private and public sector that deserve much recognition for their efforts towards a sustainable built environment, and we hope they will continue to work with our chapter to realize our shared vision, and continue to carry out our mission: to be leaders, showcasing local innovation, inspiring stakeholders and creating life-enhancing built environments. Many thanks to our Sponsors, members and community supporters. A special thanks to all those involved in creating our first Manitoba FOCUS SABMag insert, especially to Vicki Hatt for all her efforts and contribution.

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Local industry news, people and events

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Green Leader profile

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Manitoba Innovation

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Sir Sam Steele School

Cindy Choy Composite green products at CIC Manitoba Centre

Habitat for Humanity Development

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Manitoba Hydro Wonder Design details simulate living organism

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I.R.I.S.

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Green Seen

Intelligent Builders looking like gold Living walls in large scale

Lisa MacDonell Executive Director Manitoba Chapter, CaGBC A joint publishing project of the Manitoba Chapter of the CaGBC and SABMag. Address all inquiries to: dgriffith@sabmagazine.com


local industry news | people | events local industry news MANITOBA GREEN BUILDING PRODUCTS DIRECTORY EXPANDS TO INCLUDE SERVICE PROVIDERS The Manitoba Green Building Products

NEW CODES IN EFFECT AS OF APRIL, 2011 Effective April 1, 2011 the new National building, plumbing, and fire codes will come into effect in Manitoba as well as the associated Manitoba amendments which, combined, create the

Directory, a partner-

Manitoba Building Codes. Manitoba has taken positive direction

ship between Green

with respect to more efficient buildings and has included in their

Manitoba and the Manitoba Chapter, Canada Green Building Council,

amendments specific improvements for the use of energy and

is about to expand. The online directory, which features Manitoba-

water in new homes. Changes include improvements to insula-

based companies that manufacture or distribute green building

tion, windows, heating and ventilation systems, and plumbing

products and materials, has close to a hundred listings and received

fixtures. Energy and water efficiency will also be addressed in

almost 10,000 hits. The directory is ready to move to the next phase

commercial buildings with the Manitoba amendments for Part

by listing service providers, such as energy modellers, sustainable

3 of the building code likely coming into effect in the summer

design and LEED® support consultants, construction/demolition

of 2011.

waste recyclers, and green cleaners to name just a few. The expansion will be launched at the 2011 Better Buildings Conference to be held in Winnipeg in April. To browse the directory or add a product or service, visit www.greenbuildingproductsmb.ca Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation [WHRC], is a non-

URBAN ECOLOGY WINS CMHC’S NATIONAL EQUILIBRIUM™ SUSTAINABLE HOUSING DEMONSTRATION INITIATIVE

profit developer and manager of affordable housing. In keeping with the requirements of the CMHC EQuilibrium™ Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, the key intent of the Urban Ecology team was to design and build a home that features a healthy indoor environment, renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, low envi-

Urban Ecology is a new, two storey semi-detached duplex with basement located on an infill site in a rejuvenated downtown area of Winnipeg close to amenities. The developer of Urban Ecology,

ronmental impact, significant resource conservation, and affordability. “Participating in CMHC’s EQuilibrium™ Initiative gave us the opportunity to continue our efforts of revitalizing Winnipeg’s inner city neighbourhoods and allowed us to explore new ways of building affordable housing that has environmental, social and economic benefits.” Stephanie Haight, Project Manager, Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation. Info: www.chmc.ca

GET ON THE KNOWLEDGE PORTAL The Manitoba Sustainability Education Directory (MSEd) is a knowledge portal of information on sustainability initiatives across all sectors in Manitoba. MSEd is fully-searchable and easyto-use. It provides multi-sectoral information on sustainability providers and their exciting programs, events and action projects across all regions of the province. To create your profile today, click http://msed.ca/register/ and share how your organization is making Manitoba a more sustainable province.

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local industry news | people | events

AIR BARRIER RODEO A CANADIAN FIRST The Manitoba Building Envelope Council [MBEC], The Manitoba Chapter, Canada Green Building Council [MBCaGBC] and Red River College [CARSI] held a hands-on, first-ever in Canada, Air Barrier Rodeo Workshop to explore the design, installation and performance of various air barrier assemblies. The purpose of the Rodeo was to give the participants a creative venue for information and technology exchange related to air barrier construction and testing. “It is important for industry to be concerned with the tightness of the building envelope; homes can lose up to 40% of their energy due to air leakage. The Manitoba Chapter, CaGBC was thrilled to be involved in the 1st Canadian Air Barrier Rodeo. The event was a great

and “hands on” knowledge of air barrier assemblies. I would hazard to guess that individuals learned more in that one day than in the previous three to five years on air barrier installation and critical details of the building envelope. The event showcased how collaboration between three organizations [MBEC, MBCaGBC and RRC, CARSI] can produce tremendous results. I cannot wait until the next one,” said Ryan Dalgleish, President, The Manitoba Building Envelope Council. Look for winning announcements and test results in the Fall CaGBC Manitoba Focus.

TEAMS WORK ON THEIR ASSEMBLIES IN THE AIR BARRIER RODEO WORKSHOP.

success and a great learning/teaching platform for all those involved. We hope this will become an annual event that we will participate in with our partners, The Manitoba Building Envelope Council and Red River College,” said Marten Duhoux, Chair, Manitoba Chapter, CaGBC. The Rodeo included nine teams of four from various sectors within the building industry. Teams were tasked with the design and installation of their assigned air barrier assembly onto a pre-assembled 8’ x 6’ panel including a window penetration. The panels are then tested for air leakage in accordance with ASTM E 783. “In the world of never ending one- to two-hour presentations on various construction topics, it was refreshing to be involved in a learning experience that focused on providing individuals with an intimate

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local industry news | people | events MORE KUDOS FOR MANITOBA HYDRO PLACE Over the last year Manitoba Hydro Place has been recognized for its excellence in architecture, energy efficiency and sustainability. Manitoba Hydro Place has literally won every major award in these categories. Most recently the project has been recognized by Canada’s engineering community with 5 major awards. • The 2010 Canadian Consulting Engineers Award. The Canadian Consulting Engineers Award recognizes a project that has achieved both excellence and innovation in Canadian engineering. This was awarded to Manitoba Hydro Place in the Building category for its design, sustainability and energy efficiency. • 2010 Best Engineering Project and the 2010 Best Building Project- Consulting Engineers of Manitoba. The Consulting Engineers of Manitoba’s Best Engineering Project Award is awarded to the top engineering project in Manitoba based on innovation, design, sustainability and environmental responsibility. Manitoba Hydro received this award for having the top engineering achievement in Manitoba. The second award was the Best Building Award for the engineering expertise in design, sustainability and energy efficiency demonstrated in a building.

• Manitoba Hydro Place was recognized at the Consulting Engineers of Alberta 2011 Showcase Awards with the Award of

• 2010 Engineers Canada Award – National Award for an

Excellence in the Building Category. Once again this award noted

Engineering Project or Achievement. This award recognized engineer-

the engineering excellence in building design, energy efficiency

ing innovation in climatically-responsive design.

and sustainability.

people Manitoba Chapter Canada Green Building Council Board of Directors CHAIR Marten Duhoux, ir., AIA, LEED® AP | VICE-CHAIR Kaeryn Gregory, CT [bldg.], LEED® AP | TREASURER Duane Nicol, BA [HON] | SECRETARY Randy Storoschuk, CET, CIM, CRM, CGS2, LEED®AP | COMMUNICATIONS Shirley Muir | EMERGING GREEN BUILDERS Nick Gilbert, EIT M.E. [Mgmt.] LEED® AP | GOVERNANCE & LEGAL David J. Elson, B.E.S. LEED® AP | MARKETING Colleen Kuruluk, B.Comm. [Hons.] | PROGRAMS Susan Peterson, B.I.D., LEED® AP | DIRECTORS AT LARGE Corey Greenham, M.Arch., B.Env.D., LEED® AP; Ian Marcil, BBA, LEED® AP; Dr. Shauna Mallory-Hill, PhD, M.Arch, B.E.S., LEED®AP

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lisa MacDonell | OFFICE COORDINATOR Christy Wieczorkiewicz MANITOBA CHAPTER CANADA GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL CHAPTER LAUNCH DATE 2005-05-16 | MAILING ADDRESS PO Box 2309, Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A6 | OFFICE [204] 943-1023 | FAX [204] 943-1033 WWW.MBCAGBC.ORG

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local industry news | people | events Outgoing / Incoming Executive Directors at CaGBC Manitoba THE MANITOBA CHAPTER, CaGBC BIDS FAREWELL TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHRISTINE PAQUETTE.

THE MANITOBA CHAPTER, CaGBC WELCOMES LISA MACDONELL TO THE POSITION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

Over the last two years our Chapter of CaGBC has grown

Lisa joins the Chapter at a time of tremendous growth and is

and become successful in large part to Christine’s incredible

eager to continue that success with the Chapter. In addition to

dedication and enthusiasm.

She was very vocal about the

her experience in Manitoba’s residential construction industry,

Chapter’s cause and through networking and connecting to

Lisa is on her way to adding LEED®Green Associate to her cre-

other associations was able to get the Chapter involved with

dentials. Lisa has a long personal history working in the field of

a broad range of partners, stakeholders and policy makers.

green building and knows the value of building green.

Christine was a leader regarding education delivery, and other CaGBC programs. Christine joins Manitoba-based Global Office Software as their Training and Implementation Manager. Global Office Software is a leader in ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning] applications, offering companies a web-based solution for

events

office management software.

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up-to-date information on Sustainable/Green Buildings with a focus on Manitoba.

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MAY 5 ++ Manitoba Chapter, Canada Green Building Council

-- How to incorporate innovative design, technology, and operational best practices in your building project.

-- Enhanced building performance.

-- How being environmentally conscious can positively impact your bottom line. Tips and tools for greening your workplace. Information and registration: www.betterbuildings.org

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Fort Garry Hotel

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MAY 10 TO 13 ++ The 13th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology The Future of the Building Envelope — Building Upon our Past, Winnipeg

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Green Leader | profile

Cindy Choy Fuelled by optimism, green advocate going strong What drives Cindy Choy to make sure more and more Manitobans are building green is a vision that to do otherwise is simply not an option. By Shirley Muir CINDY CHOY DIRECTOR OF THE MANITOBA GOVERNMENT’S GREEN BUILDING COORDINATION TEAM

“I know this sounds pretty simple to some people, but I love the wilderness and the environment and appreciate all the things we

Born and raised in Brandon, Choy earned her Master’s degree of Architecture from the University of Manitoba and graduated in 1991.

enjoy about being outside. I would hate for that to be threatened or lost,” said Choy from her Winnipeg office of the province’s Green Build Coordination Team. “I would wish that more people could understand the urgency we need to place on environmental issues. Every day we wait to

She worked for Geremia Blackie Architects, PreCon Builders and Gaboury Associates [currently GPP Architecture].

do something, it gets that much harder to protect.” “I’m a blind optimist and I think if we all keep ploughing and plugging by small gains, we can accelerate a curve of change because that’s what we have to do. We can’t give up.” It was that blind optimism that led Choy to help establish the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council almost 10

“All my education was to build the best building you can. Building green is about building the best.”

years ago. She also left her decade-long career in architecture and design to become Director of the Manitoba Government’s Green Building Coordination Team that is supporting and encouraging Manitobans to build green. On any given day Choy and her small staff are developing new policies and tools for green building, implementing those policies,

She joined the Green Building Coordination Team of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation in 2008.

coordinating with other government departments to advance

She was a founder of the Manitoba Chapter of the Green Building Council, and sat on the board as a director for eight years.

mouth is. They told people -If you’re going to get provincial money

a build-green mandate, and researching other success stories from around the world and seeing how they can be brought to Manitoba. “I’m most proud of the Province for putting its money where its for your capital construction project then you have to build green. - You don’t see that in a lot of jurisdictions,” Choy says.  SHIRLEY MUIR IS CAGBC-MANITOBA CHAPTER BOARD MEMBER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

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Manitoba | Innovation

CIC Manitoba Centre in business to create composite green products The Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba Inc. [CIC] is a not-for-profit corporation jointly sponsored by private industry and government. Its supports and stimulates economic growth through innovative research, development and application of composite materials and technologies for manufacturing industries.

key stakeholders in the region involved in research, development, testing and purchasing of green building products. “The network is making Manitoba a centre for the development and implementation of composite green building products,” says CIC engineer Will Darracott [EIT] and chair of the CGBP Network. “The idea is to encourage innovation and collaboration within the province, maximize the resources available, and to create a framework around which new products can be commercialized.” The long-term aim of the CGBP Network is to assist companies from outside Manitoba wanting to develop and implement composite green building products, and being able to offer Manitoba as the springboard to achieve this.  INFO: WWW.COMPOSITESINNOVATION.CA

CIC IS INVESTIGATING SEVERAL BIO-FIBRE PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES, AND HELPS COMPANIES TO INTRODUCE NEW MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES.

Fibre-reinforced composite materials offer a range of attributes that lend themselves

activity with newer materials such as natural fibres, bio-resins and recycled materials.

well to green building products, including

Manitoba finds itself in a unique position,

low environmental footprint, good insulation

where its central location, climate extremes

properties, design flexibility and good struc-

and a discerning market make it an excellent

tural performance.

choice for companies wanting to develop, sell

Manitoba is a centre of excellence in com-

and beta-test products.

posites, with local world class companies

And to further develop composite green

producing such products as fibreglass win-

building products, the CIC recently formed

dow lineals, doors, architectural facades and

the Composite Green Building Products

grey water storage tanks. In addition, there is

Network [CGBP Network], bringing together


Sir Sam Steele School

Habitat for Humanity Development 34 houses target LEED Platinum to make it one of the most sustainable in Canada Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg’s development of the former Sir Sam Steele School site is one of the most sustainable developments in Canada. 34 houses – 14 detached single family and 10 townhouses - being built on an infill lot are designed to Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Gold and a minimum Gold level under the LEED® for Homes rating system in which Habitat, Friesen Tokar Architects and the Integrated Design Team used a ‘Best Practice’ approach. By Marten Duhoux

THE HOMES WERE CONSTRUCTED USING LOCALLY MANUFACTURED, PRE-FABRICATED PANELS THAT MINIMIZED FRAMING WASTE, AND EVERY UNIT IS EQUIPPED WITH A HEAT RECOVERY VENTILATOR {HRV]. WALLS ARE INSULATED TO R30, AND ROOFS TO R60.

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ARCHITECT Friesen Tokar Architects + Landscape + Interior Designers LANDSCAPE DESIGN McGowan Russell Group Inc. MECHANICAL DESIGN JL Hockman Consulting Inc. GREEN RATER Prairie House STRUCTURAL DESIGN Lavergne Draward Associatess | Holz Construction [prefab walls panels] | Logix ICFs | Olympic Builders [trusses and lumber]

Design To take advantage of passive solar heating, the homes feature extremely efficient triple-glazed windows as well as long roof overhangs that shade up to 90% of the glazing on the south-facing side in summer, but which optimize solar heat gain from the low winter sun. Envelope

construction

exceeds

the

Manitoba Hydro Power Smart standards, with R-30 insulated walls and an R-60 insulated roof. Heating systems incorporate Heat Recovery Ventilators [HRVs] and Air Handlers with high quality filters [filters MERV 13 minimum]. Each home is equipped with dual flush toilets and low-flow kitchen and bath fixtures, as well as Energy Star-labelled refrigerators and clothes washers Landscape features drought-tolerant plantings, limiting the installation of conventional turf to a maximum of 60% of lot area, rain gardens between the homes, and rain barrel

LONG ROOF OVERHANGS SHADE UP TO 90% OF THE SOUTH-FACING SIDE IN SUMMER, YET PERMIT SOLAR

for collection of roof run-off – all to reduce

HEAT GAIN FROM THE LOW WINTER SUN. COVERED PORCHES, EXTEND LIVING SPACE OUT TO THE COMMU-

the impact on storm sewer system and use of

NITY FOR INTERACTION BETWEEN NEIGHBOURS, AND TO CREATE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

potable water for irrigation. Covered porches extend living space out to

The construction team achieved a 63% reduction in construction waste through sorting recyclable site materials including wood, drywall, plastic, metals and cardboard.

the community. These porches facilitate interaction between neighbours and help create a sense of community, commitment and pride in their new homes.

Construction Seemingly rigid LEED for Homes construction guidelines actually proved to be

A

time and resource-saving during construction.

B C

D

E

G F H

Main floor plan

The homes were constructed using

locally-manufactured, pre-fabricated panels. Shop fabrication economized on framing and

A

Ramp

B

Deck

C

Accessible suite

D

Kitchen

E

Accessible bath

F

Living room

G

Foyer

H

Porch

I

I

allowed strategic use of cut-offs for electrical and joist blocking. The design and construction process

J

showed what a project can accomplish when clients and designers collaborate to achieve their goals. The project’s performance has far exceeded expectations, and has become a learning tool for homeowners on the ease, and success of sustainable building design

I Bedroom

I

Bath

J

Roof below

K

and practices. 

K

MARTEN DUHOUX IS AN ARCHITECT WITH FRIESEN TOKAR ARCHITECTS + LANDSCAPE +

Second floor plan

INTERIOR DESIGNERS

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Manitoba Hydro

Wonder

Design details merge to simulate living organism

by Jim Taggart

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The new headquarters of Manitoba Hydro has ambitious goals, namely, high energy efficiency, urban revitalization, and a supportive workplace. The 65,000m2, 22-storey office tower occupies a full block in the centre of Winnipeg. The form and massing directly respond to the local climate while the architecture revives the city’s former ‘Chicago-scale’ urban spirit. The sustainable design strategies include

the three atria. In summer, the water features

maximum harnessing of solar, wind and geo-

dehumidify admitted outdoor air. In this way,

thermal energy, a high-performance building

outdoor air is passively treated before being

envelope, and a natural ventilation strategy

directed into the raised floors of the building

that incorporates a solar chimney and oper-

for distribution.

able windows.

ized windows on the exterior and single glazed

such as massing, orientation, and exposed

on the interior that can be opened manually.

thermal mass with immediate digital analysis

Automated louvres within the double facade

and computerized building management sys-

open and close during the day to reduce solar

tems to create a climate-responsive design

gain and glare. Employees can control air

that relies on free passive energy.

delivery through the raised floor, and lighting

In winter, outdoor air is drawn into three, stacked 6-storey south-facing atria where it is heated by heat from the geothermal field and 2

VIEW FROM SOUTH CLEARLY SHOWS THE TWO LEGS OF THE A-SHAPED PLAN, AND BETWEEN THEM THE GLAZED CURTAIN WALL OF THE THREE STACKED SIXSTOREY ATRIA. AUTOMATED FACADE ACTUATORS OPEN AND CLOSE THE EXTERIOR FACADE WINDOWS

The towers are double-glazed with motor-

The design fuses time-tested principles

levels from their work stations.  JIM TAGGART, FRAIC IS EDITOR OF SABMAG.

humidified by water features within each of

OWNER Manitoba Hydro DESIGN ARCHITECT Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Inc. ENERGY ENGINEER Transsolar Incorporated GENERAL CONTRACTOR PCL Constructors Canada Inc. STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Crosier/Kilgour/Yolles LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERS AECOM Incorporated PHOTO Eduard Hueber, ArchPhoto Inc.

TO PREVENT HEAT BUILD-UP IN THE DOUBLE WALL FACADE [1]. COMMON AREAS NEXT TO THE ATRIA PROVIDE LARGE VIEWS TO THE CITY. NOTE THE GRILLE OF THE RAISED FLOOR [2].

Summer: Horizontal blinds protect the atrium from heat and glare

ORIENTED SOUTH, EACH OF THE THREE, SIXSTOREY ATRIA ALLOW THE LOW WINTER SUN TO WARM THE AIR WITHIN, AND PENETRATE DEEP INTO THE CORE OF THE BUILDING

Second set of fan-coils at each floor level further heats and cools the air as it is drawn into the raised floors

PROJECT PERFORMANCE Energy Intensity [Building and Process Energy] 316.8MJ/m2/year Locally-sourced materials [by value] 12.8% Recycled materials in new construction [by value] 23.9% Water consumption from municipal sources [Building and Process Consumption] 135.5 litres/m2/year

Humidification or dehumidification by a water feature in each atrium Air preheated at exterior bench using glycol circulated through the geothermal field

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Intelligent Builders reaching for Platinum and looking like gold I.R.I.S. contractors on a mission to prove that sustainable need not cost more Matt and Lisa MacDonell are the driving force behind I.R.I.S. Contractors [Intelligent Renovation and Inspection Services Inc.] – a Winnipeg builder committed to building green. by Shirley Muir “We’re

environmental

MATT MACDONELL OF IRIS CONTRACTORS IS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BUILD THEIR HOME TO LEED FOR HOMES STANDARD, STARTING WITH HIS OWN HOME.

entrepreneurs,”

beyond the normal and minimal building

booth at the Home Expressions Show really

says Lisa MacDonell, who co-owns the five-

codes. It’s the right thing to do and it’s afford-

didn’t know much about the products and

year-old company with her husband Matt, a

able to do,” Lisa says.

systems we were recommending. A year later

15-year veteran carpenter. They bought an infill lot in Winnipeg‘s older

Crescentwood

neighbourhood.

By

Their home could be the first single-family

they were asking really specific questions.

dwelling in Manitoba constructed by a home

Now there’s a momentum and people seek

owner to LEED standards.

us out,” Matt says.

choosing to build on an existing city lot,

Over the years Matt has noticed more

“Our corporate goal is to demonstrate

they immediately earned LEED® points. “We

and more Winnipeggers are catching on to

to people that they can build a sustain-

believe in what we are doing and we believe

the advantages of green construction. “Two

able green home that will continue to save

there is no reason why others can’t build

years ago people who came to our I.R.I.S

resources and money for about the same initial cost as your average code-built home,” he said. “We want to prove how affordable green housing can be by concentrating on reduction and efficiencies before adding the luxury, more costly green items such as solar cells or geothermal heating which don’t typically yield financial return in the short term, and are not always affordable for everyone.” “We’re practical green builders,” Lisa adds. Assiniboine Credit Union [ACU], a supporting

sponsor

of

the

Canada

Green

Building Council Manitoba Chapter, provided the mortgage. According to Marten Duhoux, Chair of the Manitoba Chapter, “ACU co-partnered with us on the “Your Greener Home” resource materials and parlayed that into an incredible website filled with environmental tips for homeowners. Their commitment to this community and to our environment runs very deep. And our city is a better place because of it.”  SHIRLEY MUIR IS CAGBC-MANITOBA CHAPTER BOARD MEMBER FOR COMMUNICATIONS 2 THE KITCHEN OF THE MACDONELL HOUSE. LISA AND MATT MACDONELL ARE CONFIDENT THAT THEIR HOME WILL ACHIEVE THE LEED FOR HOMES PLATINUM RATING.

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Green Seen | Submissions from reader’s travels

Living walls in large scale Around the corner from our hotel in Santiago, Chile on Christmas Day was the far more interesting Hotel Intercontinental – with grass growing up the west and south sides. Coming from Winnipeg, where grass in December is unheard of, it was refreshing to see a 15-storey wall of grass. by Shirley Muir

Comment: Shauna MacArthur

Once back home, we learned that the

etation and media blends specifically for the

hotel was getting a green face lift courtesy

patented Green Living Wall. It took over three

Rochester-based Green Living Technologies

months to install 4,300 2’x2’ Green Living

[GLT, www.agreenroof.com] in collaboration

Wall Panels in phases using scaffold that lit-

with Impacto Verde of Chile [www.impac-

erally encased the building. The irrigation is

coupled with the harsh winters, has led

toverde.cl/impacto-verde]. The project includ-

computer controlled and provides accurate

many to think that the prairie environ-

ed installing a 17,000sf of Green Living Wall.

application of water, and the system is housed

ment is not conducive to lush green wall

in the building’s basement.

systems. However, with some thoughtful

Using a variety of plant material the builders say “the Green Living Wall will provide cooling benefits with savings on air condition-

Apparently, the window washers will also trim the grass. Now that’s multi-tasking. 

sound dampening and help clean the air, removing pollution from the city.

The fear of using new technologies,

planning, reliable research, and a tested planting palette I am sure we can overcome these concerns.

ing alone of about 60% through shading and evapotranspiration. The wall will also provide

Landscape Designer | LAT BA LEED® AP

SHIRLEY MUIR IS CAGBC-MANITOBA CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTOR MEMBER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

Green living walls are not limited to outdoors. Indoor green walls improve air quality, naturally filtering dust and toxins out of the air, absorbing VOCs, and

According to GLT CEO George Irwin, the

returning oxygen.

planning took over a year to trial local veg-

There have been many studies on the benefits of plants improving the health and wellness of the indoor environment THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL: WITH 17,000SF OF PLANT MATERIAL, THE GREEN

by reducing stress and increasing produc-

WALL IS ESTIMATED TO SAVE AT LEAST A 60% ON AIR CONDITIONING ALONE.

tivity through physical contact or visual views to plant material. As urban centres continue to develop we must see a synthesis of ‘nature’ and our built environment in order to produce healthy, functioning and livable spaces. OPHIOPOGON

THE COMPUTER-CONTROLLED IRRIGATION SYSTEM HOUSED IN THE BUILDING’S BASEMENT. [PHOTOS COURTESY GREEN LIVING TECHNOLOGIES]

AJUGA REPTANS

CERATOSTIGMA + MOSS

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