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NUUTSUMUUT LELUM Big reduction in operating costs helps affordability BUILDING RESILIENCE The power of existing buildings in the low-carbon retrofit economy CONTINUING EDUCATION: High-Performance Building Enclosures in the Anthropocene

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Building Resilience: Harnessing the power of existing and historic buildings for the low-carbon retrofit economy

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PASSIVE HOUSE PROJECTS Deep Performance Dwelling Parkdale Landing Nuutsumuut Lelum


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CONTINUING EDUCATION ARTICLE 34 High-performance building enclosures in the Anthropocene 39

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VIEWPOINT ARTICLE Nuutsumuut Lelum: Passive House performance as a means to an end



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Putting together this issue devoted to Passive House projects has been both informative and thought-provoking. To date, most of the buzz around Passive House has focused on its promise of 80-90% reductions in operating energy and related carbon emissions compared to basic code-compliant structures; and to the enhanced indoor environmental quality that results from temperature stabilization, the constant supply of fresh, filtered air and the reduction in noise that comes from the tightly sealed building envelope. What becomes apparent from the research, however, is that the great majority of Passive House projects built thus far in Canada have been owner-operated rental or supportive housing facilities. For what appear to be single-digit premiums in construction cost, these buildings are future-proofing residents and owners alike against the ongoing escalation of energy prices. As Chris Beaton, Executive Director of the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre observes in his Viewpoint piece, for some low-income residents, high winter heating bills can mean the difference between making ends meet or not. Equally importantly, the rigorous standards of design and construction required for the successful delivery of high-performance buildings, such as those built to the PH standard, demand an INTEGRATED design and delivery process in which the client, consultants and contractors are all involved. As industry capacity and momentum build around Passive House, we will surely witness a paradigm shift by which the successful delivery and life cycle performance of these buildings becomes not only a collaborative endeavour, but also a collective responsibility. photo: Roy Grogan

The prosaic virtues of life cycle affordability, reliability and durability, all critical to long-term sustainability and resilience, have at times been outdazzled by the seductive allure of green ‘bling.’ There is no better time than now to give up the self-indulgent search for novelty and replace it with a universal commitment to quality, inclusivity and affordability. Jim Taggart, FRAIC Editor

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Harnessing the Power of Existing and Historic Buildings for the Low-Carbon Retrofit Economy

The architectural and engineering professions, and essentially the entire industry, will need to re-define itself over the next five to ten years to accommodate a dramatic move towards what has become known as “The Retrofit Economy” and “The Low-Carbon Economy”. In order to achieve this evolution at an adequate rate, we need new ways of thinking, new tools and new attitudes about what constitutes “cool”. One of these ways of thinking is the realization of the connections between natural and cultural conservation. By Mark Thompson Brandt The Sir John A Macdonald Building, across from Parliament Hill, is one of the case studies in the new national guideline document, “Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada”. The former 1930-32 Bank of Montreal Building was converted into a Hall of State for the House of Commons, including the completely ‘wired’ high-tech ballroom, which was the former banking hall. The many interventions, including a 3,100 sq. m. addition, were carefully inserted into the existing building to preserve its heritage character while making it work for the 21st century. The multi-award-winning Rehabilitation Project included a deep green retrofit that earned a 5-Globe Green Globes rating (said to approximate a LEED-Platinum rating) and the first SABMag/CaGBC Existing Building Retrofit Award in 2017. NORR Architects & Engineers in association with MTBA Associates Inc., Heritage Conservation Architects, for PSPC / HoC. Photo: DoubleSpace Photography. 10

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80% cut in energy demand marks a winning design

1. South facade of the Deep Performance Dwelling

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The Deep Performance Dwelling [DPD] is a model of sustainable and affordable urban living designed and built by TeamMTL – a collaboration between McGill and Concordia Universities with several private and public-sector partners. Students and faculty of Architecture, Engineering, Design and Computation Arts, and Management, collaborated for two-and-a-half years on this extraordinary endeavor. As a fully integrated, system-built, Passive House construction, the DPD radically addresses the climatic, socio-cultural, and affordable housing context of Montreal and beyond.

Over half of the world's population now live in cities and this trend is projected to increase to 80% by 2050. Cities are the stage upon which our collective future finds full expression as simultaneously the main site of contestation and opportunity to create alternative and sustainable ways of living. The creation and cultivation of a dense, efficient, affordable, and vibrant urban milieu is of critical importance. “Deep-performance” implies an advanced architecture that embodies qualitative and quantitative notions of performance, asserting culture as foundational to the social, environmental, economic, and technological. The DPD combines the efficiency, density, and flexibility of the Montreal row house with the functionality and cultural significance of the Fond de cour backyard house. The three-dimensional architectural promenade with varying degrees of nested public to private spaces further reflects these cultural values. The central courtyards of each home are open on either side, allowing for shared space between residents in a row house scenario. The street entrances are closely aligned, and a shared backstreet and accessible entrance porch promotes sociability and chance encounter, fostering a cohesive community.

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PARKDALE LANDING Adaptive re use of derelict building a new asset for social good

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The winners of the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards

1 Normand Deschênes [left] of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural presents the Institutional [Small] Award for the Centre de découverte to Daniel Smith of Smith Vigeant Architectes. 2 Rebecca Mallinson [third left] of Category Sponsor Enbridge presents the Commercial/ Industrial [Large] Award for the One York Tower to [l to r] : Phil Bastow of The Mitchell Partnership Inc., Alan Murphy of Green Reason, and John Gillanders, Dermot Sweeny, David Copeland, and Peter Kurkjia, all of Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. 3 Normand Deschênes [centre] of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural presents the Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award for the UBC Campus Energy Centre to Charles Marshall [left] and Raul Dominquez of DIALOG. 4 Normand Deschênes [second left] of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural presents the Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award for the Ecology Action Centre Headquarters to [l to r] : Jordan Willett of Solterre Design, Maggy Burns of the Ecology Action Centre [Managing Director Emeritus], Emma Norton of the Ecology Action Centre, and Patrick Jardine of Tekton Design + Build. 5 Bob Prince [centre] of Invizij Architects Inc. receives the Existing Building Upgrade Award for the Harvey Woods Lofts from Category Sponsor Inline Fiberglass represented by Gary Mackin [left] and Victor Kowalczyk. 6 SABMag publisher Don Griffith [second left], representing National Sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, presents the Institutional [Large] Award for the Langara College Science & Technology Building to [l to r] Wes Wilson, Tomer Diamant, Mahsa Majidian, and Aidan Mitchelmore of Teeple Architects. 7 L to r: Andrew Arifuzzaman of the University of Toronto Scarborough, and Nigel Tai and John Featherstone, both of Diamond Schmitt Architects, receive the Institutional [Large] Award from SABMag publisher Don Griffith, representing National Sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute. Unable to attend were: DIALOG, winner of the Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award for the UBC Campus Energy Centre; and Landform Architecture, winner of the Institutional [Small] Award for the Okanagan Child Care Centre. Photos: Vuk Dragojevic. SABMag - FALL 2018



NUUTSUMUUT LELUM Big reduction in operating costs helps affordability



The 25-unit Nuutsumuut Lelum development provides affordable housing for members of the Indigenous community in Nanaimo, BC, including homes for youth, singles, and families with up to five members. In addition, special consideration has been given to provide homes for Elders to strengthen the inter-generational relationships that are important in a family-based community. By David Simpson and Darcy Imada

The site is adjacent to an arterial road, providing high visibility for the city’s Indigenous community for the first time. In response to the configuration and orientation of the site, the ground-oriented residences are sited in a linear pattern that defines pedestrian circulation and outdoor space. A fundamental objective of the client community was that the built form and landscape create the opportunity for the residents to interact. Accordingly, the entry to the development is central on the site so residents and visitors enter at the heart of the community – the indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. This entry is identified by an 11-metre high totem pole and ceremonial entrance. The linear building massing along Bowen Road conforms to the City guideline for a two-storey street wall with residential windows providing eyes on the street. The undulating roofs slope down to the north to maximize sun access to the outdoor spaces and, in the case of the buildings on the north side of the site, to the south-facing windows.


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High-Performance Building Enclosures in the Anthropocene Read this article and take the quiz at: http://sabmagazine-education.com In the past century, builders used giant resources of energy and new chemical-based materials to conquer the vagaries of nature through power and mechanical engineering. An unintended consequence of these methods is that, today, our buildings contribute approximately 40% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. In the Anthropocene, human carbon emissions are driving global warming. Because of this, we can no longer default to past industry norms.

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In the early 21st Century, we find ourselves in a race against time. By 2050, we need to reduce carbon emissions by 80-90% globally to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. The decisions we make today will determine our success in 2050. Our goalposts have shifted, and our buildings need to become a part of the solution, not perpetuate the problem. By Erika Mayer, 475 High Performance Building Supply These principles and actions include: What Defines a High-Performance Enclosure Today?


Fortunately, the tools we can use to mitigate climate change will also

The harvesting and manufacturing of building materials alone

promote the health, comfort and safety of occupants, provide new

is responsible for approximately 10-20% of all human-made

opportunities for aesthetic and environmental delight, and equip us to

greenhouse gas emissions. Depending on a building’s efficiency,

achieve a new advanced high performance.

the embodied carbon of construction materials can account for between 20 and 100% of the building’s total lifetime emis-

High performance today is not about making buildings less bad, but

sions. And even when a building is moderately energy efficient,

about making life better. High performance is not about complex tech-

embodied carbon can easily exceed the total operations emis-

nological systems that compensates for poor design, but about the

sions for 25 years - severely limiting the potential near term

the building fabric itself, the architecture. To accomplish this, we don’t

positive impact.

need to reinvent architecture, just acknowledge relevant foundational


principles which are immediately actionable.

• Use fewer construction materials and ensure that the materials used have low embodied energy to significantly reduce shortterm emissions.

1 - TeamMTL’s collaborative entry of McGill + Concordia Universities in 2018 Solar Decathlon, using high performance membranes and cellulose insulation in prefabricated panels developed by Ecocor. Credit: Ecocor.

• Utilize less processed and more natural materials. Using more timber based construction, that is harvested with sustainable forestry will reduce the use of steel and concrete structures and foam insulations.


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immersed everyday in Canadian Passive House building projects. Since 2015, we have trained nearly 4,000 industry professionals across Canada and partnered with governments across the globe to advance the future of high performance buildings.

PROCURING PASSIVE HOUSE PROJECTS It takes an expert team and a rigorous methodology The increasing emphasis on carbon reduction in buildings has created a new imperative for the adoption of the ultra low energy Passive House standard. With all new government and publicly-funded projects required to meet Zero Carbon Targets by 2030 and all existing buildings by 2050, High Performance (HP) buildings generally, and Passive House (PH) buildings in particular have a vital role to play.

These publicly-funded projects are often procured through traditionally formulated processes, that are not always well-suited for PH projects. Rather, a successful project begins with a complementary procurement process, as the high-level performance targets of PH buildings need rigour in design and construction. Therefore, they require the ideal team and a specific process for implementation.

Jonathan Kearns, Deborah A. Byrne and Charlotte J. Leck The Passive House Salus Clementine Housing project in Ottawa. CSV Architects. Photo: Gordon King Photography.

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NUUTSUMUUT LELUM: PASSIVE HOUSE PERFORMANCE AS A MEANS TO AN END By Chris Beaton, Executive Director, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Nanaimo is a city of approximately 100,000 residents, of whom about 6,500 are Indigenous. Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the area has long been a hub for trade, and the local Snuneymuxw First nation has always welcomed others to its territory. Today’s Indigenous population is therefore quite diverse, and includes Snuneymuxw, Snaw Naw As, Stzuminus, and 2,000 members of the Mid Island Metis Nation. The non-profit Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre (NAC) runs programs that are open to all. 2



The vision of the NAC is to support the realization of a 100% high school graduation

To help address this situation, again in partnership

rate for Aboriginal students in the Nanaimo Ladysmith district. Of course, we recog-

with government agencies and other community

nize that we cannot achieve this goal alone, and actively seek partnerships with other

organizations, the NAC undertook the creation

like-minded organizations.

of Nuutsumuut Lelum, a 25-unit rental housing complex for Indigenous families, youth and Elders,

In 2014 this approach led to the creation of the Nisaika Kum'tuks Learning Centre, a

anchored by a communal space for gatherings,

community-based education program for students from kindergarten to grade 3, with

celebrations and other activities.

a particular focus on collaborative and experiential learning. As students have progressed through the program, it has expanded to include grades 4-7. In 2016, another

A project like this provides our youth with that

partnership saw the opening of the Tsawalk Learning Centre, a flexible program for

safe and affordable home and that sense of com-

students aged 12-19, that supports them in achieving whatever courses and credits

munity, so when they arrive at their classroom in

they require to complete their high school diploma.

the morning they can focus on the tasks at hand. Some people may now view our organization as

Despite these successes, the NAC recognizes that the solution to improved gradua-

a housing provider, but that is absolutely not our

tion rates does not lie solely within the schools themselves. In a typical school year,


students spend about 20% of their time in the classroom, whereas 80% is spent at home, in the community, with family and with friends. When those children arrive in the classroom in the morning knowing that their family is about to be evicted again this month or that they are living in unsafe housing; or that they will be couch-surfing this evening, we cannot realistically expect them to focus on the learning opportunities presented to them.

1.Passive House certification was a means to an end in that the resulting huge reduction in energy consumption makes monthly energy bills much more affordable. 2.The Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre serves the local and quite diverse Indigenous population. 3. Chris Beaton, Executive Director, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre.

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Maple Avenue Condos & Parking Garage, Barrie, Ontario Architect: Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. | Engineer: Hanna Ghabrial & Associates Ltd Owner: Auburn Developments

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SABMag - FALL 2018




SABMag - FALL 2018

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SABMag 61 - digital sample  

A digital sample of the Fall 2018 Issue of SABMag

SABMag 61 - digital sample  

A digital sample of the Fall 2018 Issue of SABMag

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