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Project: Harvey Woods Lofts, Woodstock, ON by Indwell Community Homes. Architect: Invizij Architects Inc. Photo: George Qua-Enoo.

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6 News & Products 7 Emission Omissions Report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development


13 2019 Canadian Green Building Awards The nine winning projects: - Building Blocks on Balmoral at Great West Life - Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion Project - Sechelt Water Resource Centre - Evolv1 - Bank of Canada Renewal - The Duke - Wellington Building Rehabilitation - Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library - City of Calgary Composting Facility

ISSUE DON’T MISS NEXT FALL 2019 Passive House Supplement: Examples and details for super energy efficiency Continuing Education: Passive House Highrise Retrofit Design Practice: Designing for meaningful access to buildings and sites Our 2019 jury: Jonathan Bisson, Lisa Bate and Ron Kato. Cover and middle right row: The nine winning projects of the 2019 Canadian Green Building Awards. Bottom: Parkdale Landing by Indwell.

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City of Toronto (top), BC Passive House Ltd. Factory (bottom left), and North Park Passive House (bottom right).

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CELEBRATING Dedicated to high-performance building

THE 2019 CANADIAN GREEN BUILDING AWARDS The 2019 Canadian Green Building Awards were

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adjudicated in Ottawa in March. Once again, the number and diversity of project submissions is

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testimony to the exemplary work being done across the country, in both the public and private sectors. If there is an underlying theme to be identified this year, it is the growing focus on life cycle con-


siderations, whether these manifest themselves in photo: Roy Grogan

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the retention of existing buildings; the long-term carbon impacts of new ones; the re-engineering of

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linear systems of consumption and disposal into circular ones, or in simply

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The Bank of Canada and Wellington Building in Ottawa retain, upgrade and


project repurposes a heritage house as the centrepiece for a new daycare


making more sustainable living an attractive option in our cities. revitalize existing structures, while in Winnipeg, the Building Blocks on Balmoral facility; and the Trades Renewal and Expansion Project at Okanagan College in Kelowna BC, does the reverse – with a new low-energy structure becoming the focus of a revitalized existing facility. In the case of new buildings, Evolv1 in Waterloo, ON is both energy positive and net zero carbon in its operations, and the Community Hall and Library in

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structure, built by local labour using locally harvested wood. At the intersection of architecture and infrastructure, both the Sechelt Water Resource Centre in Sechelt, BC and the City of Calgary Composting Facility

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reimagine traditional waste streams as circular processes that create marketable by-products for industry and agriculture, while reducing the impacts of landfill and marine disposal. In its own way The Duke, a high-density rental apartment building in Vancouver, also reduces life cycle impacts by creating livable accommodation in a walkable city neighbourhood. Its innovative courtyard plan and rooftop garden support community interaction and offer a new model for urban living. We would like to thank this year’s jury: Lisa Bate of B+H Architects, Toronto,

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By participating in the Enbridge Savings by Design Workshop, we were able to discuss real costs of choices, both for construction and long-term operating. The overall building massing and layout was set by very complex program and siting restrictions, so the areas in which we benefited greatly were in rethinking storm water management on site, window type and performance, exterior wall assembly, and healthy materials. The mechanical engineering part was also indispensable and so instructive; highlighting important and easy changes, discussing more complex upgrades, and understanding the long-term and performance impacts of our systems, both as climate change worsens and as building systems need replacement and upgrades. The Enbridge charrette provided the perfect opportunity to make clear and informed choices that brought our project to the next level of energy, health and operating performance. It saved construction and operating costs and made for a healthier building. — Chantal Cornu, LGA Architectural Partners

In 2018, Evergreen Brick Works was in the midst of an ambitious effort to transform the historic Kiln Building – and make it carbon neutral by using the right energy at the right time. Early in the process, Enbridge led a Savings by Design workshop for the project. On a fast track project, this provided a tremendous opportunity for the integrated design team to reflect on the early trajectory set in the project, and obtain informed perspectives from invited experts on enhancing it. The workshop also provided a spring board to brainstorm how the Kiln Building project could serve as a catalyst to transform the entire Brick Works campus to be carbon neutral, which has been a longstanding vision of Evergreen. The Savings by Design workshop struck a great balance between both blue sky and detail level thinking. It was informative, fruitful, and an overall positive experience. We’d highly recommend Enbridge’s Savings by Design workshop program for anyone thinking about making more sustainable buildings. — Drew Adams, Associate, LGA Architectural Partners


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New study discovers important gaps in life-cycle approach used to account for GHGs in buildings By Philip Gass, Senior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development

In Canada, there is rising interest in how building materials may affect greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), and whether innovations and choices in these materials can help the country meet its emission reduction targets. The fact that over 30 per cent of GHGs come from the communities and structures we build for ourselves underscores the need for us to get this right. To date, evidence for optimizing the choice of building materials has largely been drawn from life-cycle assessment (LCA) studies that consider

the GHG (and other) impacts of building products at each phase of their “cradle-to-grave” lifespan (i.e., production, use and end of life). While LCA is the best-available approach for evaluating GHG performance of alternative building products and designs, policy-makers and building designers should be aware there are also limitations, challenges and uncertainties that need to be considered when looking to decarbonize our buildings. We should exercise caution when making decisions that advocate for one building material over another. Recent research by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has identified serious gaps in how emissions from building materials and products are being measured and accounted for. Failure to account for all carbon emissions may undercut today’s climate change efforts and shortchange future emission reduction opportunities.

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Our study, Emission Omissions: Carbon accounting gaps in the built environment, found while LCAs are the right tool to measure carbon emissions, more data, transparency and robust LCA standards are needed, especially with respect to accounting for biogenic carbon from wood products.

Flawed assumptions could misdirect efforts to reduce GHGs LCAs can be an effective approach for identifying ways to reduce carbon emissions in the building sector. But without proper care, they can produce results that are misleading or incomplete, potentially leading to more GHG emissions than anticipated. Existing LCAs produce widely variable results, even for similar buildings, for two main reasons: first, there remain important gaps in the data available; and second, assumptions and uncertainties that may have significant impact on LCA results are typically not disclosed. This can lead to flawed conclusions, misdirected efforts and suboptimal GHG outcomes for Canadians.

LCAs ignore significant sources of GHG emissions from wood products Our study found current LCA models typically do not track the carbon emissions or sequestration of “biogenic carbon” from the extraction and

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end-of-life stages of wood building products. Biogenic carbon refers to carbon emissions from disturbances of living organic matter, such as carbon losses from soil disturbance, from the conversion of old-growth primary forest to less productive secondary forest, as well as losses from imperfect post-harvest reforestation efforts. Collectively, these emissions can represent up to 72 per cent of a wood product’s total life-cycle emissions, challenging the prevailing assumption that wood construction materials are less carbon intensive than other construction materials, such as concrete and steel.

Important regional factors are often overlooked LCAs also tend to discount significant regional variability in the GHG emissions of different materials. These factors include the regional variations associated with the extraction of raw materials, the carbon emission intensity of the production phase and the disposal conditions at the end-of-life stage. For example, while production intensities can vary significantly from site to site, LCAs typically use average national, continent or global data.

Existing LCA models may misrepresent embodied emissions LCAs comparing building materials can exaggerate the importance of one life-cycle phase (e.g. the embodied emissions of materials) by ignoring or discounting the contribution of other significant life-cycle emissions, such as operational stage emissions and the GHG impacts of other building systems. Used in isolation, these results can lead to decisions that are too narrow in scope and shift focus away from a more comprehensive picture of GHG emission reduction opportunities in buildings.

Building efficiency matters a great deal Despite tremendous progress on building efficiency, operational energy consumption remains the most important source of GHG emissions from a building over its life. Therefore, material choices need to be made on a building-by-building basis, driven not only by the need to reduce embodied GHG emissions, but by a holistic understanding of the role materials can play in enhancing the structure’s “whole life” environmental performance.

When combined factors such as forest regeneration rates, soil carbon loss and primary-to-new-growth-forest-conversion are all accounted for, the cradle-to-grave embodied emissions for a wood building could be 6% greater than for a concrete building.

When adding use phase emissions to the embodied emissions, the carbon impact of a wood building could be 1% greater than for a concrete building

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The way forward: a recipe for a smaller carbon footprint In order to ensure our building sector helps meet Canada’s Paris Agreement goals, there are three recommendations that should be strongly considered by policy-makers and builders. First, improvements in energy efficiency, durability and developing new low- or net-zero-energy buildings offer the highest GHG mitigation potential from the built environment sector. Policy-makers should focus on promoting building resilience and longevity paired with deep efficiency improvements, to achieve the most significant GHG emission reductions. Second, LCA remains the right approach, but more data, transparency and robust standards are needed. Policy-makers and building professionals looking to decarbonize buildings should exercise caution when making decisions that prefer one building material over another. Uncertainties, assumptions and omissions in LCA studies, particularly with respect to the biogenic carbon emission, suggest comparisons across building materials are fraught with complexity, and should be approached carefully. Third, the way to achieve deepest embodied GHG emissions improvements in buildings is to focus equally on material efficiency and incenting decarbonization across all material manufacturing sectors. In fact, most buildings use some degree of all three primary building materials (concrete, steel and wood). It makes sense to focus on policies, strategies and technologies that can incent GHG reductions in each building material sector, as part of a comprehensive building decarbonization strategy. Deep emission reductions, on the order of 60 to 80 per cent, are required to meet Canada’s longrange emission reduction targets. For the building sector, this will require large-scale investment in new low-carbon technologies and practices.

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In the wake of the Canadian government’s report noting rapid temperature rise across our country, the imperative to look more deeply at building materials as sources of – and solutions to – climate change is clear. Greater transparency and robust standards are needed for our main building carbon accounting approach if we are to get decarbonization right. For more information:

IISD study methodology This study consisted of a review of existing LCA guidelines, methodologies and literature; an analysis of major documented uncertainties and major variabilities that can be expected in the Canadian context; and an analysis of the potential impacts of changes in technology and the built environment and how they fit with longer-term climate objectives. The IISD research team worked under the guidance of an advisory group comprised of university- affiliated academics, notable environmental organizations and architects/designers from the green building community, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defence, CPAWS, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, the International Reference Centre of the Life Cycle of Products, Local Practice Architecture + Design, BuildGreen Solutions and Boreal Songbird Initiative. The study was funded by the Cement Association of Canada.


Chakrabarti and Piano are being made Honorary Fellows of the RAIC this year. Festival’s 16 architectural tours will be another way to appreciate the city’s architectural legacy, past and present. Delegates will be able to visit Union Station, both a National Historic Site and a recently expanded transportation/retail hub, and find out how NORR Architects & Engineers created a model for revitalizing railway hubs. Other architectural tours will look at Toronto's skyline and its towers designed by contemporary masters like I.M. Pei; Toronto's waterfront and its revitalization (with DTAH); the "vertical campus" of the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex (Perkins + Will) at Ryerson University; and the Launchpad Collaboration Workspace, a first-of-itsUnion Station project by NORR Architects & Engineers Limited.

kind facility (Quadrangle).

By Eva Schacherl , RAIC Communications

This year’s Festival continuing education program – with 19 sessions

Toronto is one of the world’s most global cities: some 130 languages

and six plenaries – will look at equity and inclusion, planning and

and dialects are spoken in its eclectic neighbourhoods. It’s also the

designing transit infrastructure, implementing a digital practice, mid-

fourth-largest city in North America. So what better place to hear

rise and high-rise wood construction, building for a net zero carbon

leaders in architecture debate the future of global urban life in the 21st

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century, or to look back on the 20th?

The first will happen with a keynote presentation by Vishaan

RAIC International Prize Gala

Chakrabarti, FAIA, the author of A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for

For the first time, the RAIC International Prize Gala will take place in

an Urban America. He argues that a more urban America would result

conjunction with Festival, where the winner of the $100,000 prize will

in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation.

be unveiled. The RAIC International Prize recognizes great architec-

The Globe and Mail said of the manifesto that “there’s been a barrage

ture’s power to be socially transformative. The celebration will take

of recent books on similar themes…but Mr. Chakrabarti has written

place on October 25 at the Westin Harbour Castle, and tickets are

maybe the most useful one, a polemic in favour of city living that

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The look back will include an address by Renzo Piano, one of the

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Institutional [Large] Award DIAMOND SCHMITT ARCHITECTS Jury comments: The high-performance objectives set for this building are particularly significant given its purpose – to provide a living example of the type of building to inspire and train the trades people who will build the next generation of sustainable buildings. Achieving net-zero energy in an equipment-intensive workshop environment is, in itself, a considerable challenge; to do so with a building that is open, transparent and inspiring makes this achievement all the more remarkable.

1 1. Looking east to the new addition and courtyard with view into corridor link. Exterior sunshades were provided by McGill Architectural Products.

Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion Project Kelowna, BC The primary objective of the Okanagan College Trades

The new building accommodates classrooms, group offices, labs,

Renewal and Expansion project was to enlarge and unify

trade shops, a cafĂŠ, as well as student social and study space for the

disparate elements of the Trades training program on the

campus as a whole. The ambitious sustainable design targets were a

Kelowna, BC campus and to provide an exemplar of highly

driving force for the project. They include achieving Living Building

sustainable building design for students and future genera-

Challenge petal certification including Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum

tions of trades workers.

for the new addition, and LEED Gold for Existing Buildings Certification

The project comprises two distinct but integrated compo-

(LEED EB:O&M) for the renovation.

nents: the renovation of 4,180 m2 of existing trades workshops

The application of bioclimatic design principles was critical to

and the construction of a 5,574 m2 addition. The three-storey

achieving the ambitious energy targets. These principles informed the

addition frames a new courtyard, preserves a mature copper

orientation, footprint and massing of the building and maximized the

beech tree and positions the Trades Complex much closer to

potential for capturing solar energy and minimizing the need for con-

the main road, creating a new public face for the college.

ventional mechanical and electrical systems.

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Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE + COMMUNICATION

Jury comments: We hope this project marks the beginning of a new era in which the invisible infrastructure that has longsupported urban life is brought out into the daylight. Only through making infrastructure visible can we fully grasp and understand the implications of our linear systems of production, consumption, treatment and disposal. Alongside the learning opportunities provided by this facility, the volume of waste discharged into the ocean has been reduced by 90% compared to its predecessor and the bio-nutrient by-products can be used for industry and agriculture.

1 1.The front entry and greenhouse welcomes school groups and visitors. 2.The West elevation showing the charred cedar and yellow cement board cladding.

Sechelt Water Resource Centre Sechelt, BC The Sechelt Water Resource Centre (SWRC) rethinks tradi-

Wastewater is treated and reused at its source instead of being

tional municipal wastewater treatment. Instead of sequestering this

pumped back and forth from an energy intensive pipe network, effec-

essential service behind a locked chain-link fence, the transparent

tively closing the water loop. The SWRC replaces an existing packaged

suburban facility reveals the mechanical and biological systems

extended aeration plant with the first North American installation of

that clean wastewater, replacing the traditional ‘flush and forget

the Organica Fed Batch Reactor System.

about it’ systems with one that encourages the public to consider their role in the hydrological cycle.

This system is set apart by the inclusion of microorganisms, which live among the roots of plants grown in a greenhouse above the reac-

In comparison to the facility it replaced, the SWRC discharges

tors. The plant roots create a complex environment which fosters a

ten times fewer waste solids into the sea, boasts double the

biologically diverse community of insects and bacteria that consume

treatment capacity and nearly half the operational costs; and,

the organic matter.

captures resources (biosolids, heat, and water) for industry, parks,

What is remarkable about this system is the elimination of noise

and agriculture. A sewage treatment plant, botanical garden and

pollution and odours associated with conventional treatment as well

teaching facility in turn, the centre also provides a more humane

as its reduced footprint. The entire process is housed in a single build-

work environment where employee duties include harvesting

ing, which integrates with the surrounding neighbourhood and nearby

tomatoes and pruning roses.

Sechelt Marsh Park.


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Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award STANTEC

Jury comments: Producing more energy than it consumes on an annual basis; doing so with a zero-carbon footprint and within the economic constraints of the local market, this commercial building sets an important precedent for the Canadian commercial real estate industry. The profile of the tenants who have committed to inhabit the building affirm that the country’s leading companies are aware of and are willing to support the development of this type of aspirational project.


Evolv1 Waterloo, ON Evolv1 is a commercial office building targeting net positive energy and net zero carbon. In order to achieve this standard, the building must produce 105% of its own energy requirements. The 10,000m2, Class AAA building is located in the David Johnston Research + Technology Park, within Waterloo’s Idea Quarter.’ The goal of the project was to inspire development of regenerative buildings by producing an economically-viable prototype that works within the real market. The building is targeting LEED platinum certification and has been certified by the Canada Green Building Council as the first Zero Carbon Building in Canada. A multipronged low energy design approach was used to meet the client’s environmental goals, including a ground source open loop geo-exchange system, that significantly reduces the heating and cooling loads, and photovoltaic panels installed by VCT Group to produce more energy than the building was going to consume.

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Existing Building Upgrade Award PERKINS+WILL Jury comments: This major rehabilitation and revitalization project, driven by quantitative issues of obsolete infrastructure, poor energy performance and related carbon impacts, and an outdated working environment, has been addressed with aesthetic sensitivity and restraint. Innovative structural upgrades enabled the restoration of the integrity of this 1970s office tower by Arthur Erickson, while the 1930s centre building and its immediate surroundings have been transformed into valuable new public amenities.

1 1. The 1930s-era centre block flanked by Arthur Erickson's late 70s glass towers. All received comprehensive upgrades for seismic design, energy efficiency, security and accessibility.

Bank of Canada Renewal Ottawa, ON Located just west of Parliament Hill in Downtown Ottawa, the

A new museum invites and educates the community about the

Bank of Canada Head Office complex comprises 79,500m2 of offices

Bank’s role in the Canadian economy. The pyramidal glass entrance

and operation spaces. The original Centre Building was built in the

pavilion and the enhanced public realm that surrounds it form an

1930s; the twin office towers and connecting atrium being added in

abstraction of the Canadian landscape and functions as an acces-

the 1970s. Completed in 2017, this project included the comprehen-

sible, multi-faceted public realm throughout the year.

sive renewal of the existing complex, including some reconfigurations and additions to the program.


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Residential [Large] AWARD ACTON OSTRY ARCHITECTS INC. Jury comments: An innovative approach to high density urban living that takes advantage of Vancouver’s relatively mild climate to incorporate a courtyard typology to optimize the use of available site area. The project configuration promotes casual encounters and social interaction between residents and includes an accessible roof, with play space for children, raised planters for community gardening and a dog-walking area, providing a level of amenity that is rare if not unprecedented in a rental building.

The Duke Vancouver, BC Completed in March 2018, The Duke is a LEED Gold target, rental residential project designed under the City of Vancouver Rental 100 Secured Market Rental Housing Policy, which allows height and density limits in strategic locations in the city to be rezoned in

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exchange for provision of 100% rental housing. Located near a busy transit-oriented node in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the 15,260 m2, 14-storey, mixed-use project includes 201 rental units, with a small ground floor retail component, all compactly contained in an open-air atrium court building typology that is new to Vancouver. In contrast to a traditional design approach that would typically feature a double-loaded corridor with units along both sides, the floor plan for The Duke instead features a single-loaded corridor with living units pushed to the outer edge of the site to create a central void space. Such a strategy substantially increases the number of units that can be accommodated on the site by maximizing the overall density within a prescribed 14-storey height limit. A traditional double-loaded corridor approach would have made the project economically unviable as a rental property; whereas the strategic decision to push the units to the site perimeter made the development viable for rental housing. The central void is transformed into a soaring, open-air circulation atrium over which a translucent Teflon canopy shields the space from the elements. The rental units are arranged around the perimeter of the trapezoidal-shaped site. This outdoor circulation space enables occupants to step out into a well-lit, weather protected environment designed to provide opportunities for residents to interact, even if only for a brief moment. An array of multicoloured front doors further animates the central atrium space.

1. View at the intersection of E 11th Ave and Kingsway, with the 'slot' to the atrium denoted by the glass art installation suspended above the main entry. 2. The balconies of the two-bedroom units at the east end of the building.

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Existing Building Upgrade Award NORR ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS Jury comments: Now widely acknowledged as one of the cornerstones of a sustainable built environment, the renovation and repurposing of existing buildings conserves embodied energy, supports social sustainability and cultural continuity. This project carefully and cleverly reconciles the competing challenges of seismic upgrading of the structure, updating of building services and infrastructure and the constraints of heritage conservation.

1 1. The front facade on Wellignton Street.

Wellington Building Rehabilitation Ottawa, ON This project transforms an insurance office building, consisting of a historic

The project achieved a four Green Globes rating

1927 Beaux Arts landmark and a 1959 addition, into facilities for the House of

through the preservation of the building core and shell,

Commons. The program includes parliamentary offices, multipurpose rooms,

the reuse of the copper roof, stone and other materials,

library of parliament facilities, cafeteria, ground floor retail space, security pro-

connection to the district energy plant, solar panels

cessing, as well as two levels of underground support facilities.

for domestic water pre-heating, heat recovery units,

The transformation involved stripping the building back to its internal struc-

reduced water requirements, a rainwater cistern, a

tural frame work, a complete building system replacement, seismic upgrades,

green roof, and room sensors to regulate temperature

heritage restoration, the insertion of a new more robust structural core and

and light levels.

new multi-storey spaces.


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Institutional [Small] Award URBAN ARTS ARCHITECTURE

Jury comments: This community project in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia reimagines the meaning of ‘community investment’. With a community-centred procurement focus, the project was designed to optimize the social and economic benefits for those living and working within a 100-mile radius of the site and, as such, creates a new ‘recipe’ based on the locally-available ingredients of materials, technology and craft skills.

1 1. Paint Pots Plaza. Local materials were used as much as possible, including the charred wood siding.

Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library Radium Hot Springs, BC The village of Radium Hot Springs Is located in the mountain-

Critical to the success of the project was an integrative design process

ous southeast corner of British Columbia. The new Community

that identified local materials, resources and labour, thereby dramatically

Hall and Library occupy a prominent corner in the centre of the

reducing the life cycle embodied energy and overall carbon footprint

village, overlooking the Legends Park kettle hole.

of the development. The design process resulted in a building that

Designed as the “100 mile” building, the project maximizes

maximized the use of local wood fibre, utilizing approximately 288 cubic

the use of local materials and trades in the Columbia Valley. The

metres of wood products harvested from woodlots within 50 kilometres

project goals were to: support economic sustainability through

of the site and processed at the local Canfor mill just one kilometer away.

a unique project process that would maximize the use of local

The structure comprises dowel laminated timber (DLT) panels com-

resources, both material and human; demonstrate the use of

bined with glulam posts and beams. DLT is a mass timber structural panel

renewable resources and innovative replicable building systems;

constructed of standard dimensional lumber, friction-fit together with

and create a building that would respond to the micro-climate

hardwood dowels, not requiring the use of nails, screws, or adhesives.

of the site.


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Uponor contributes to three winners Uponor is the leader in hydronic radiant system design and applications. Combined low-temperature heating and high-temperature cooling integrated with the use of alternative energy sources make radiant the ultimate in low-energy building solutions. Because water has 3,500 times more energytransport capacity than air, radiant is also fast becoming the energy-efficient alternative to forced-air systems. Radiant also helps building professionals acquire LEEDÂŽ for

Uponor contributed to three of the winning projects of the 2019 Canadian Green Building Awards: Building Blocks on Balmoral at Great-West Life by Prairie Architects Inc., Institutional (Small) Award, Wellington Building Rehabilitation by NORR Architects and Engineers, Existing Building Upgrade Award, and The Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library by Urban Arts Architecture, Institutional (Small) Award

New Construction (LEED-NC) points.

In the Building Blocks on Balmoral at Great-West Life project, each of the four new buildings uses an Uponor manifold which acts as the hub to control the flow of water through the Uponor in-floor radiant system to provide an even, comfortable warmth across the whole floor. Photo: Lindsay Reid.

In the Wellington Building Rehabilitation, a new mechanical system consisting of heat wheels, staged fan coil units, and Uponor radiant heating systems in selected perimeter floor areas, along with connection to the District Energy Plant, will improve energy efficiency in the heritage building by over 30%. Photo: Doublespace Photography.

In the Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library, Uponor supplied its crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) piping for the heating system consisting of air-source heat pumps and high-efficiency boilers. Photo: Dave Best.

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Technical Award STANTEC

Jury comments: This facility represents a significant milestone on the road to a circular economy, by converting millions of kilograms of domestic organic waste into valuable compost each year. By-products of this process are also re-engineered to create other marketable commodities, while solar panels, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and other environmental strategies have helped this project achieve a LEED v4 Gold rating – the first in Canada.


City of Calgary Composting Facility Calgary, AB Nearly 60% of single-family household garbage is compostable waste in Calgary. The City wanted to change this. First and largest of its kind in Canada, the Calgary Compost Facility (CCF) diverts 85 millionkilograms of material from landfills annually by converting it into a marketable product—compost. Opportunities to convert other resources that might otherwise have been overlooked also included: • 100% of the harvested rainwater is used for the composting process or to flush toilets and urinals • Greywater from the sinks and showers is diverted into the composting process • Solar energy is captured via an on-site photovolatic solar farm • Odour control is maintained using recovered wood chips • Sulfuric acid used to remove ammonia from the exhaust air in the composting process creates hazardous waste, ammonium sulfate. A process was developed to convert this to a neutralized crystallized form, which is used as fertilizer for agriculture.

1. Organic and compostable matter is received on the south side at tyhe numbered doors, the composting process occurs in vessels in the central area, and the north side contains the odour-eliminating components. The Administration and Education Building is to the left. 2. Petrochemical waste was removed from the site and replaced by native and droughttolerant plant species, and insect and bird boxes, to mimic the natural prairie landscape. 3. Staff meeting room. The administration areas are heated with Viessmann Vitodens 200-W condensing boilers. 4. The Administration and Education Building is the first LEED®v4 BD+C certified project in Canada. 5. The sorting area for compostable materials.

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