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14 Ronald McDonald House
'House in a garden' designed for economy and healing
21 Montreal Planetarium
Environmentally-responsive architecture on Earth
26 Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre Form and materials promote ecological responsibility
32 Passive House
Set to make strides
35 Sustainable Suburbs A re-think will get us there
39 Social Sustainability in Practice
Designing the physical and social aspects of a community
44 Green Products and Materials In LEED v4 and beyond
46 Interview with Julie Scarcella
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ing features that impact human
The new agreement between
Technology professor Carlo Ratti,
explains Thomas Auer, managing
health and wellbeing, through air,
GBCI and the CaGBC will bol-
are behind the use of photonic
director of Transsolar and pro-
water, nourishment, light, fitness,
ster the adoption of WELL in
membranes to reflect solar radia-
fessor at the Technical University
comfort and mind. Grounded in a
Canada by aligning the business
tion to help reduce extreme tem-
of Munich. While cooling at zero
body of medical research, WELL
peratures with zero energy cost
energy cost may seem an impos-
explores the connection between
used to implement WELL in the
and zero water demand.
sible idea, it turns out that there
the buildings and the health and
U.S. with the demands of the
“Greenhouses let in the sun’s
is a way of achieving this by
wellness of the people in them,
Canadian market. The CaGBC
short wave radiation, while trap-
harnessing the extreme low tem-
WELL measures attributes of the
has a longstanding relationship
ping long wave radiation. As a
perature of the universe. A spe-
built environment by looking at
with both USGBC and GBCI, the
result, temperatures increase.
cial kind of ‘photonic’ material
seven Concepts and over 100
certification body for USGBC’s
Now imagine doing exactly the
or surface can be designed to
Features that address behaviour,
LEED green building program,
opposite: finding a material that
reflect nearly all incoming sun-
design and operations. It com-
partnering to deliver LEED in
would reflect incoming short
light while also sending its heat
plements other green building
Canada. To date, there are more
wave radiation from the sun,
to the sky, and thus the cold
rating systems such as LEED.
than 5,300 LEED projects in
while letting the earth radiate to
of space, as infrared light. This
Canada, amounting to more than
sky-facing surface can thus stay
79 million gross square metres
several degrees below air tem-
of space, making Canada the top
cooling – something we could
perature entirely on its own, even
producer of LEED projects out-
call a cool-house,” says Carlo
under direct sunlight, thus pro-
side of the U.S.
Ratti, founder of Carlo Ratti
viding shade and cooling.
Covering large areas of a city
the Massachusetts Institute of
might not be practical – but cov-
Technology. Theoretically, if one
ering courtyards and public pla-
were able to cover a large urban
zas might be a feasible option.
area in an optimized material we
Forbo Flooring Systems enters distribution agreement with Centura Tile Forbo
could reach temperatures below zero even during the summer. In reality, today’s membranes can achieve decreases in temperature of several degrees. “The demonstration project in Paris explores different types of
announced a distribution agree-
Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council to advance the WELL Building Standard®
ment on certain commercial vinyl line which Forbo currently does WELL
not carry in the Canadian market.
building owners and employers
Forbo Flooring Canada Corp,
to know their space is performing
part of the Swiss Forbo Group,
as intended to support human
will continue to market and dis-
membranes and uses advanced
Green Business Certification
health and wellness. WELL can
tribute their core focus products,
computer simulations to evaluate
Inc. [GBCI] and the Canada
be applied across all building
such as their flagship Marmoleum
what the overall effect would be
Green Building Council [CaGBC]
types and is currently optimized
sheet and tile linoleum products,
in Paris,” explains Thomas Auer,
have agreed to promote and
for commercial and institution-
their Flotex sheet and tile textile
managing director of Transsolar
al projects. WELL is adminis-
products, their Eternal Wood and
and professor at the Technical
Standard [WELL] in Canada. The
tered by the International WELL
Step vinyl products, their Allura
University of Munich.
WELL Building Standard is a per-
Building Institute™ [IWBI] and
HQ Luxury Vinyl Tile products
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formance-based system for mea-
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and their complete offering of
thetic membranes will open up
suring, certifying and monitor-
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news Athena Impact software incorporates latest environmental data for concrete
only system that fully complies with LEED v4 technical requirements, GreenGlobes, and others.
lower than those of the reference
Free Athena Institute life cycle
NRMCA, along with the Portland
building by specified percentag-
assessment [LCA] software for
Cement Association [PCA], com-
es, the design is credited towards
buildings now includes the most
missioned Athena to include the
green building certification.
current environmental impact
most recent impact data.
data for cement and concrete.
IE for Buildings results have
In addition to the EPD and
already demonstrated compli-
In addition to aforementioned
The Athena Sustainable Materials
ance with LEED v4, showing that
products, Forbo manufacturers a
Institute recently launched the
crete, the new release of IE for
impacts for a concrete building
wider range of products which do
Buildings includes a tutorial on
can be more than 10 % lower
not fit Forbo’s own strategy for
Estimator for Buildings software
how to define a custom prod-
when using concrete products
the Canadian market, but which
[IE for Buildings] with the most
uct and an updated cement
with higher volumes of fly ash
complement Centura’s resilient
current environmental impact
profile based on research from
and slag cement. Generally, con-
offering. Part of Centura’s Forbo
data for concrete and cement.
the Concrete Sustainability Hub
crete products designed to have
at the Massachusetts Institute
the most current environmen-
Technology. Designers and own-
including global warming poten-
vinyl sheet product line in three
tal impact data published in the
ers often use IE for Buildings
tial and smog formation, among
different modern colour groups,
to demonstrate compliance for
several others, can readily meet
and various compact and acous-
Product Declaration [EPD] and
impact reduction in LEED v4. The
the impact reduction targets
tic heterogeneous vinyl sheet
process involves conducting an
specified in LEED v4 and other
products such as Sarlon, a safe-
for concrete published by the
LCA to measure the environmen-
standards. The Athena software
ty vinyl range called Surestep
US-based National Ready Mixed
tal impacts for a "reference build-
can be downloaded at www.
Star and even a vinyl for wet
Concrete Association [NRMCA].
ing" and then conducting an LCA
athenasmi.org. The NRMCA EPD
on the "proposed building" to
and Benchmark reports can be
Sarlibain. Info: www.forbofloor-
become the industry standard for
compare impacts. If the impacts
downloaded at www.nrmca.org/
conducting building LCAs, is the
for the proposed building are
offering are Nordstar Evolve, a phthlalate-free
room [wall] application called
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CaGBC announces winner of the 2015 Green Building Product of the Year
Building Resilient Communities
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The runner-run products are:
Council [CaGBC] announced the
• GlasCurtain Inc. for the cre-
winner and runners-up of its first
ation of a fibreglass framing prod-
annual Green Building Product of
uct for glass curtains that offers
the Year Award during its nation-
better energy performance than
al conference in Vancouver, on
conventional aluminum framing,
while increasing the lifespan of
The inaugural winner is DIRTT Environmental Solutions for its
assemblies by reducing expansion and contraction.
interior wall system, Enzo™. The
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The jury of experts from across
lation sheathing layer for wood
Canada chose DIRTT’s Enzo line
frame construction, made from
of prefabricated modular building
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are 100% recyclable at the end
application, particularly to health-
of its life.
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Showcase The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
The recent Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games provided a showcase for Canadian athletes, and at the same time a showcase for Canadian green design. Five of the facilities built for the Games were awarded LEED certification prior to the opening ceremonies on July 15. Among the sustainable design strategies featured in these facilities are green roofs, diversion of site waste from landfills and incineration, the use of geothermal energy, and property irrigation using rainwater stored in underground cisterns.
The LEED-Gold certified projects: Markham Pan Am Centre – B + H Architects
The centrepiece of the Markham Pan Am Centre is the 10-lane Olympic pool, complete with adjustable floor that accommodates a range of activities. Demand-operated ventilation, high capacity air-side heat recovery, sophisticated building automation, effective thermal insulation and advanced lighting were but a few of the design solutions implemented on this project. Due to the impressive results achieved through building systems integration and the design team’s close collaboration with engineers and stakeholders, this project surpassed its mandated goal of LEED® Silver, achieving LEED® Gold certification. In addition, the City of Markham is adding a large photovoltaic array on the roof – a feature that the design anticipated and allowed for through structural fortification and electrical infrastructure. Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre - NORR Architects
Originally conceived as the Pan Am venue for water polo, the Markham Pan Am Centre evolved over the course of its programming into the field house that would host badminton, table tennis and Parapan table tennis events during the games. After the games, the Centre serves as a community recreation centre that can contain 12 badminton courts – or six volleyball courts and two basketball courts – in addition to a two-level fitness centre and a wide range of multi-purpose rooms.
The largest facility constructed for the Games, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre [TPASC] is designed to provide world-class training facilities and a venue to host national and international competitions. It is also home to the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario [CSIO], which provides science and sport performance services to high-performance athletes and their coaches. Now the Games have concluded, the facility will become a joint campus-community recreation space for university students and Toronto residents to use and enjoy, while giving youth a place where they can train, play, gather and compete. The Aquatics Centre includes two internationally sanctioned 50-metre, ten-lane swimming pools; a warm-up pool; a 5-metre deep diving tank with 3-, 5-, 7.5- and 10-metre platforms; and dry-land training facilities with dive pits and trampolines.
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House House in a garden designed for economy and healing
Ronald McDonald House Toronto provides a ‘home away from home’ for families with seriously ill children who are receiving care at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children but live outside the Greater Toronto Area. The new House is designed to encourage a sense of normalcy for the children and their families, providing an environment where ‘kids can be kids’ to the fullest extent possible. It is a place of comfort, security and refuge. by Robert Davies
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Star-gazing building demonstrates environmentally-responsive architecture on Earth
Located within Montrealâ€™s iconic Olympic Park complex, this project was the winning entry in a two-stage international competition. The project brief called for an intervention that would humanize the rather bleak site, which included an existing underground parking structure adjacent to the Olympic stadium. Together with the nearby Botanical Gardens, Insectarium and Biodome, the Planetarium is part of Montreal's 'Space for Life', the largest concentration of natural science museums in Canada.
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BARBARA MITCHELL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE Form and materials promote ecological responsibility BY Richard Prins
The two-storey, 1,031 m2 building includes a gymnasium, an over-
The new facility is located on a brownfield site, opposite an
sized community ‘living room’, a daycare and administration areas, as
existing community park. The design team positioned the build-
well as classrooms and meeting rooms for its various in-house and
ing’s community spaces and exterior courtyard to face the park
and so encourage its greater use. Existing trees were retained to
In addition to its social mission, the Salvation Army also promotes
protect against the prevailing winter winds, while new indigenous
environmental stewardship in its building projects, striving to balance
landscaping has reduced the area of hard surface and minimized
its global ecological responsibilities with its activities in local commu-
storm water run-off and soil erosion.
nities. Thus it supported the idea of an integrated design process and
Efficiency and flexibility were primary drivers of the design, both
the creation of a BIM model, that enabled the design team to perform
to minimize capital cost and operating energy by reducing the
various types of comparative analysis including a full life cycle assess-
overall area of the building. Washrooms and mechanical services
ment of building materials and components.
are located in a central core, with open concept meeting, teaching and support spaces arranged around the perimeter to maximize the opportunities for natural light and ventilation.
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Passive House set to make strides
Energy efficiency is not the only consideration in designing sustainable buildings, but most would say that it's at the top of the list. Even with the programs and rating systems that we have in place to improve energy efficiency, one could argue that the market has not made high energy efficiency a prime goal. By Rob Bernhardt
That is changing rapidly. Public policy imperatives and mar-
The fundamentals of Passive House are simplicity of structure
ket demand are combining to drive Passive House projects in
and systems: a simple but beautiful form, and smaller and simple
Canada to a new level. The first such projects in Canada were
mechanical systems that are carefully commissioned, monitored
single-family homes, duplexes or triplexes. Now a small market
and controlled. Those who have designed or built a Passive House
strata has been completed, mid-sized MURBs are under con-
project know that such ultra-low energy buildings are simple and
struction, and reports indicate high rises are being designed.
economic, providing superior comfort and air quality.
Admittedly a bit of a misnomer since it applies to all types of
Passive House building has matured in Europe, and North
buildings, Passive House requires a building to achieve defined
American jurisdictions are starting to take notice. New York City is
outcomes related to efficiency and quality. A detailed energy
promoting Passive House buildings and has recently been rewarded
model incorporating site-specific climatic and other data reli-
with the start of a 26-storey student residence for Cornell Tech
ably predicts actual building energy use after occupancy. A
[see sidebar] . The City of Vancouverâ€™s Green Building Policy for
number of post-occupancy studies confirm that performance
Rezoning recognizes Passive House certification as an equivalent
gaps between predicted and actual energy use are largely
compliance path to LEED/ASHRAE [http://canphi.ca/wp-content/
unknown with Passive House buildings certified by the Passive
House Institute based in Darmstadt, Germany.
PROCESS-AND-REQUIREMENTS.pdf]. As a leading jurisdiction,
The stringent Passive House standard requires efficiencies to be incorporated in the design from the concept stage on, rather
Vancouver is the site of a number of Passive House MURBs presently under construction or in design.
than fitted in after the fact. As building designers say, radical
The first market strata in Canada, the North Park Passive
efficiency becomes affordable when it is baked in but not if it
House in Victoria, is a six-unit apartment. Developed by Bernhardt
is sprinkled on. For example, one of the most important factors
Contracting Ltd., the units were snapped up by buyers and gener-
is building form â€“ a low envelope area to enclosed volume ratio
ated a list of potential buyers for future projects. The small increase
in design and construction costs were passed on to the owners who
This is relatively straightforward for large buildings which
will benefit from the low strata fees and operating costs a Passive
are inherently efficient, but requires discipline in designing a
House building provides. A business case study involving this proj-
single-family house or small MURB. Care is taken to avoid ther-
ect outlines how the economics of high-performance buildings can
mal bridges by, for example, eliminating exposed slab edges.
work for both the developer and the owner [http://canphi.ca/wp-
Windows and doors are very high quality, and the entire building
envelope is well insulated. Building systems such as hot water, ventilation and plug loads are designed to be inherently efficient.
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MATERIAL SELECTION MATTERS
SEMINAR SERIES BY BUILDING SCIENCE CONSULTING INC. Presenter: John Straube, Ph.D., P. Eng.
“Building enclosure failures are the most common cause of missed energy targets, durability issues, and health and comfort problems. ” John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng. Harnessing the evolving body of knowledge about the impacts of materials on our communities is integral to improving the science and art of architecture and engineering. The Material Selection Matters Seminars will provide up-to-date building science information about material selection and how to apply building science principles to construct resilient, durable, energy efficient and healthy buildings. These half-day seminars will be held in cities across Canada in 2015-2016.
For cities and dates across Canada and to register: www.materialselectionmatters.ca
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SUBURBS A re-think will get us there
In 2011, for the first time in nearly a century, the rate of urban population growth outpaced suburban growth, reversing a trend that began with the invention of the automobile. In metropolitan areas, the majority of construction activity has now shifted to what planners call the “urban core” while the demand for large single-family homes in the suburbs is declining. One might reasonably ask “How does this shift affect suburban areas?” By Dermot Sweeny
Over the years, the suburbs have evoked a particular way of
life—one of tranquil, tree-lined streets, active community centres, parks, and shopping centres. They promised privacy, space, and proximity to nature. Today, however, these same suburbs are in many ways impoverishing their inhabitants. As the suburbs have spread further from urban cores, the disproportionate drive to build more roads and sell more cars and houses has led to rising costs for public infrastructure and a decline in the use of public transport. Ever increasing maintenance costs are now being borne by fewer people. We can no longer afford to enhance or even maintain infrastructure that is five 10 times more expensive per capita than that in urban centres. Simultaneously, running and maintaining a private vehicle is an ever-increasing expense and long distance commuting cuts more and more deeply into our free time. Thus, public transit has become a necessity for many suburban residents, yet, sprawl has ensured that public transit is inefficient, expensive to operate and increasingly slow. Transit systems are heavily subsidized and public investment in new capital projects falls further behind demand. Can we imagine transformative, sustainable solutions to these problems?
2 To date, sustainability has focused primarily on the performance of specific buildings, most often those located in urban areas. Compared to cities, suburban areas are still under-developed, and, for that reason, potentially much easier to remediate. Many have not covered their natural watercourses; which can therefore be reclaimed as the basis for continuous landscape corridors. Moreover, low rise buildings and surface parking typically have fewer and shallower foundations, and are less disruptive to soil hydrology. The greatest challenge to sustainable suburban development is increasing land values relative to current values and urban areas. Conventional planning practices, which promote car dependency, isolation of uses, formulaic development practices, and a never-ending supply of land have ensured that suburban land has remained inexpensive.
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Finding a way to design the physical and social aspects of a community
Social Sustainability in Practice 1
By Darryl Condon
2 Today, it is the task of averting drastic climate change that might be described as an experiment â€“ a vast social experiment in decision-making and democratic action. Success in that endeavor will not be determined primarily by large technological fixes, though many will be needed along the way. Just as decisive to the outcome is whether our social relationships, cultural beliefs, and political customs will allow for the kind of changes that are necessary. That is why the climate crisis is as much a social as a biophysical challenge, and why the solutions will have to be driven by a fuller quest for global justice than has hitherto been tolerated or imagined.
- Andrew Ross, from Bird on Fire
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AN GREEN I D
15 CAN 20 A
Winning projects and teams recognized at CaGBC National Conference The Awards presentation of the 2015 Canadian Green Building Awards, the annual program of Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag] and the Canada Green Building Council, took place in Vancouver on June 2 during the national conference of the CaGBC. The winning design teams of the eight selected projects received their certificates from our sponsors Interface, the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Uponor.
창 WWW.SABMAGAZINE.COM Visit the Awards section of our website for complete details on the winners. For details on sponsoring the Canadian Green Building Awards contact email@example.com. 1
 The winning team of the Surrey Civic Centre, [left to right] Michael McDonald of Kasian Architects, Aubrey Kelly of Surrey City Development Corporation, and Chei-wei Tai of Moriyama & Teshima Architects, receiving their Award certificates from Doug Carter of Armtec representing sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI].  George Cotaras of Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Architects receives the Award certificate for the Halifax Central Library on behalf of his firm and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface.  The client and design team of the winning Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office in Vancouver, [left to right] Sandy Treagus of Mountain Equipment Co-op and Greg Piccini, Ron Clay and Hugh Cochlin of Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc. receiving their Award certificate from Brian Hall of sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI].  Larry Cook [left] and Larry Adams of NSDA Architects receive their Award certificate from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface for the Kwayatsut Tower in Vancouver.  The client and design team receiving their Award certificates for the Sechelt Hospital and Expansion Renovations [l to r]: Glen Garrick of Fraser Health, Doug Carter of Armtec presenting for sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI], Susan Gushe of Perkins+Will Canada [and on behalf of the Farrow Partnership], and Larry Harder of Fraser Health.  Penny Martyn [left] of University of British Columbia and Jana Foit [centre] of Perkins+Will Canada accept their Award certificates from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface for the Earth Sciences Building at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  Stuart Elgie [left] of Stantec receives the Award certificate from Brian Hall of sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI] for the George Brown College Waterfront Campus in Toronto completed by Stantec Architecture | KPMB Architects in Joint Venture.  Chris Phillips [left] and Steven Gray of Greening Homes Ltd. receive their Award certificate for the winning residential project, the Beechwood Deep Energy Retrofit in Toronto, from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface.
Our sincere thanks to all who entered the 2015 Canadian Green Building Awards.
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in LEED v4 AND BEYOND
As most green building professionals in Canada now know, demand for products and materials with third-party verification is growing, and this trend will continue well into the foreseeable future. By Mark Hutchinson
LEED-certified projects, such as the LEED Platinum Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, will demand more third-party verified products and materials once LEED v4 is adopted. Architect: Perkins+Will. Photo: Martin Tessler.
The change is being driven in part by programs like LEED and the Living
one of their top three obstacles to building green. The
Building Challenge, which are putting greater emphasis on reducing the envi-
same survey found that Canadian firms were expecting
ronmental and health impacts of materials. This is where third party verification
to grow their green practices from one third in 2014 to
comes in, as it is a natural requirement for such programs. The building construc-
one half by 2017.
tion industry is also taking notice and turning to safer, more sustainable options. Inherent in any significant change is a lag time while the market adapts.
LEED v4 leading the charge
However, before the full impact of LEED v4 was even felt last year, the industry
The good news is that LEED v4 helps provide a
was already recognizing the potential. In the CaGBCâ€™s 2014 joint report with
framework for understanding and assessing materials.
McGraw Hill Construction titled Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving
It establishes the broader elements to consider, includ-
the New and Retrofit Market, it was found that 29% of contractors surveyed said
ing impacts on health and the environment, as well as
they considered the lack of products or solutions available in their market to be
responsible extraction and sourcing.
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With Julie Scarcella Julie Scarcella, founder of EcoSpex [www.ecospex.com] has been on a seven-year mission to create and launch her company: an on-line tool to help design and construction professionals quickly find sustainable, energy-efficient and heathy products.
´´You've been working on EcoSpex for quite a while. Why do you think it is important? We have found that less than 5% of purchasers and specifiers in the construction industry trust sustainable product information supplied by manufacturers, and only about 20% trust that coming from conferences, associations and industry peers. This lack of trust impedes green building.
´´What is the cost and when will EcoSpex be ready?
EcoSpex ends the procurement dilemma by
There are three listing options for product manufactures: Basic, Standard
offering the design, construction and utility sectors
and Premium Verified, with the verified and standard listings being heavily
access to an online tool that simplifies sourcing and
subsidized by our IESO [formally The Ontario Power Authority] contract,
specifying [sustainable, healthy, energy and water
reducing the listing from $4,500 to $1,750 for the first product, and $900
products and systems]. It helps industry profession-
for a second product. A savings of 60%.
als quickly find products which have been thirdparty verified.
The tool will go live in Q1 of 2016 as long as we have 200 manufacturers in the system. Before turning on the lights we want to ensure our users
Information is collected from manufactures claims
access to a diversity of products and systems in EcoSpex. For the utility
and are vetted by internal and external technical
sector, our service offering is typically a customized solution, so pricing
experts. The EcoSpex verification team evaluates
data through a comprehensive Verification Process for accuracy, validity, relevance, and completeness.
´´EcoSpex is also working on Toolkits for design professionals. What
WE are the middle man between our users and the
will they offer?
manufactures. Users access the data for free in a centralized
The Toolkits will reduce the effort required by designers to create LEED v4 in-house documents for projects, and achieve a higher level of knowledge.
source of trusted product data via its online plat-
Toolkit #1 - Green Building Rating System Support LEED v4
form — providing peace of mind and cutting the
Toolkit #2 - Sustainable, Healthy and Technical Product Database
product research time by up to 90%.
Toolkit #3 – Product Material Resource Library Toolkit #4 – Specification Performance Requirements linked to LEED v4 Toolkit #5 – Energy-efficient products linked to incentive programs
´´What will the Toolkits offer that is not already available from other sources? The Toolkits are a single, all-in-one resource to support design firms in their understanding and use of LEED v4, including: digital documents developed in standardized guidelines that reflect a multi-discipline approach; a solid understanding of key issues/barriers for LEED v4; access to peer review/ trusted templates; improved productivity; and short cuts to compliance.
´´What are their cost and when will they be available? The Toolkit pricing will be ready by the end of September and reregistration has commenced for design firms wanting to access early bird rates. EcoSpex is working with a number of technical experts in North America as peer review to help support our templates and development of the toolkits. ecospex toolkits: up-to-date digital information to improve productivity and win more bids.
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Three of the toolkits research is being conducted by Ryerson University, with support from the Ontario Centre of Excellence.
ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATION
EPD PRECAST CONCRETE
In accordance with ISO 14025
Place de l’Escarpement, Quebec City, QC – LEED Gold Certified Architect: Pierre Martin Architecte
EPDs are third party verified (certified) reports published by product manufacturers that provide quality assured and comparable information regarding environmental performance of their products or system. The CaGBC LEED v4 Rating System and Architecture 2030 are emphasizing the demand for EPDs, by addressing transparency in environmental lifecycle impacts and the selection of building products with improved lifecycles. North American Precast Concrete associations are working together with ASTM International and Athena Sustainable Materials Institute to achieve a third party- verified EPD; providing comprehensive, uniform, and transparent details about a product’s composition and environmental impact throughout its lifecycle. Available in the fall of 2014.
Ask insightful questions before making decisions. Expect transparency. For your free copies of the Life Cycle Assessment of Precast Concrete and the CPCI Sustainable Plant Program contact CPCI at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 937-2724 or visit www.cpci.ca/publications.
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