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The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI), the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) recently released Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in three key precast concrete product categories. The EPDs will allow architects, engineers, building owners, and other specifiers to better understand the environmental impacts of precast and prestressed concrete products. An EPD is an ISO-compliant and third-party verified, standardized and internationally recognized comprehensive tool for providing information on a product’s environmental impact. The precast concrete industry wide EPDs are now available for Architectural and Insulated Wall Panels, Structural Precast Concrete Products and Underground Precast Concrete Products. Download the precast concrete EPDs: www.sustainableprecast.ca | precast.org | pci.org

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Award-winning projects find in-floor radiant heating meets need for sustainable technologies Two of the award-winning projects of the 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards, the LEED Platinum Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg and the Lockeport Beach House in Lockeport Beach, Nova Scotia, opted for an Uponor in-floor radiant system.

1 The mechanical engineers for Amber Trails, MMM Group Ltd., noted that the in-floor system: - is well suited to buildings with a high-performance envelope and correspondingly low heating loads - heats the objects in the room and not the air to provide superior comfort when compared to forced air systems that move air, dust and allergens - can provide more comfortable and quieter heating than overhead hot air – both very beneficial in classrooms, and - uses low-temperature heating water, making it well suited to the ground source heat pump system used at Amber Trails. The Manitoba Public Schools Finance Board endorses the use of in-floor systems and, in the case of the Amber Trails School, Uponor successfully met the engineering specifications, and price of the competitive bid process. the uponor system on display at the amber trails school. Photo: Click Studio [1]. At the Amber Trails School the Uponor radiant floor improves the operating efficiency of the heat pumps by being piped in series so as to return the coolest possible water to the heat pumps and maximize their operating temperature differential. Photo: MMM Group Ltd. [2]. THE FINISHED FLOOR OF The Lockeport Beach House CONTAINING THE UPONOR IN-FLOOR RADIANT SYSTEM. Photo: Janet Kimber [3]. The IN-FLOOR system DURING INSTALLATION. Photo: Conrad's Plumbing [4].

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In the case of the Lockeport House, Architect Nova Tayona wanted the superior comfort and improved energy efficiency qualities of an in-floor system and found that Uponor has the best hex pipe/fittings system on the market. Radiant systems can reduce overall building energy usage in a number of different ways. For one, because the heat-transfer capacity of water flowing through polyethylene [PEX] piping loops embedded in the concrete floor is much higher than that of air, a radiant system that uses a circulator to move water [in lieu of a fan to move air] can achieve the same heat transfer using significantly less energy. Also, because of the way the human body exchanges heat with its surrounding environment, a radiant system can achieve comparable levels of comfort at lower room temperatures for heating and higher room temperatures for cooling. In fact, studies have shown total energy savings for typical office buildings on the order of 17 to 53 percent. As building owners and jurisdictions continue to demand highperformance buildings, system designers are looking for sustainable solutions to reduce energy usage, while maintaining function. By taking advantage of a building’s thermal mass, an embedded-tube radiant system can be an effective and energy-efficient alternative to a conventional forced-air-only system.

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Jury comments: This project encourages social interaction and community engagement through the physical organization of its multiple programs. Operating before and after regular school hours increases the efficiency of building use, while energy and water consumption reductions of close to 70% are remarkable. Programs such as the community farm raise awareness around broader aspects of sustainability. A community school in the truest sense.

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Located in a new and fast-growing neighbourhood of Winnipeg, the Amber Trails Community School recently became the first school in Manitoba, and only the second in Canada, to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Completed in 2015, the new 7,900m2 building is situated in the heart of the community, and challenges existing paradigms about school design. The school, which also acts as a community centre and library for the neighbourhood, offers a comfortable, inclusive environment; with a welcoming entrance that encourages families, many of them new to Canada, to connect with their new community. A combined daycare and early learning centre, daylight-filled learning spaces, with flexibility for different learning opportunities, a fusion of indoor and outdoor environments, common learning centres and outdoor classrooms, reinforce this connection. The school provides public access and incorporates large glazed walls with entrances facing onto the street. These entrances open into the large learning commons, as well as the gymnasium and kitchen. In addition to creating a more intimately scaled environment by breaking the 600 capacity school into four smaller ‘academies’ and inverting the traditional typologies to make the gymnasium and its activities visible from the street, the design also embodies a strategic approach to

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TECHNICAL AWARD Jury comments: A commendable example of environmentally responsible densification, that is both gentle in its addition of a secondary suite, and transferable in its use of off-the-shelf technology and local labour. The project achieves its net zero ambitions in a holistic way, exploiting passive solar orientation and creating a highly insulated and airtight building envelope before adding photovoltaic panels for make-up energy. Water conservation and material selection strategies are also commendable.

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and exploits the principles of passive solar design, increased insulation, airtight construction techniques, highly efficient mechanical systems and photovoltaics. Together, these strategies result in an Energuide rating of 100.

From the front it is not apparent that this home features a 25 kw solar array on the roof and a separate apartment on top of the attached garage (1).

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Eva’s Phoenix Toronto Interior Design AWARD Jury comments: A very sophisticated project done on a very tiny budget. The strong social sustainability agenda was supported by the clever resolution of complex technical problems, most notably day-lighighting, that required negotiation with municipal building authorities. Leaving the central atrium unheated makes it feel more like a regular street, and at the same time minimizes the conditioned area of the building, and maximizes energy savings.

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Eva’s Phoenix transforms 3,810m2 of a 1930s heritage-designated municipal waterworks into a 50-bed transitional housing, education and skills training centre for 16- to 24-year-olds actively transitioning out of homelessness. Housed in two adjoining warehouses that were stitched together by this project, Eva’s contains offices, counselling areas, classrooms, a teaching kitchen, a workshop, a clothing bank, and a full service commercial print shop in the basement. Organized around an expansive, sky-lit ‘main street’ are 10 ‘townhouses’ with shared, ground-level living rooms and kitchens linked to private bedrooms on the level above. On the topmost level is support, meeting and counselling space. Carefully calibrated circulation controls access between resident, staff-only, public, and drop-in program areas. Site selection, building placement and orientation were not part of the equation on this adaptive re-use project, and for the client, the cost of pursuing a LEED designation did not make sense. Organizing the program around an atrium ‘main street’ was central to the design approach, as was revealing the character of this heritage complex.

Eva’s understated north entrance on busy Richmond Street [1]. Looking north, the cavernous interior of the west half of the existing warehouse before the renovation [2]. Eva’s light-filled main street stitches together the two halves of the former warehouse [3].

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River City Phases 1 & 2 Toronto Residential [Large] Award Jury comments: A brownfield project that stands out for its emphasis on a mix of unit types, the quality of its public realm, and its success in promoting shared car and transit use. The provision of individually metered power, heat and water fosters a culture of conservation among residents. The balanced design response to the mandated LEED gold requirement has resulted in a project whose performance is exemplary for its size.

River City is a four-phase residential development located on one of Toronto’s largest downtown, brownfield sites, and is the first private sector building development in the West Don Lands. Under the development management of Waterfront Toronto, the site master plan was conceptualized in 2005 as a LEED Gold community and a demonstrable example of sustainable development on a neighbourhood scale. Once completed in 2020, River City will contain 1,074 residential units and over 1 million square feet of LEED Gold certified development. The focus on sustainability extends from initial site selection to the individual amenities. The site is accessible by transit and bicycle, and its position ties Corktown [one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods] to the Distillery District, in turn completing the connection of the multiple neighbourhoods in the downtown core. It successfully engages the city, linking a public realm of pedestrian-friendly streets and exceptional parks with an architecture inspired by flow, move-ment and continuity. The goal was the creation of a self-sustaining community that embraced the unique features that River City had to offer. Thus, while the ease of access to public transit would help incentivize alternate forms of travel on their own, all new residents of River City receive a free one-year membership in a low-emitting car sharing program available on-site, reducing demand for individual cars, and associated greenhouse gas emissions. The River City development is located on one of downtown Toronto’s largest brownfield sites [1]. Interiors are characterized by a clean and contemporary aesthetic [2]. Phase 1 and 2 includes 600 apartment units [3].

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Jury comments: An impressive and innovative example of heritage preservation, adaptive reuse and densification. The lobby is stunning, animating the street and offering the opportunity for a variety of community activities. The project hits all the sustainability buttons, both in terms of exemplary building performance and its contribution to the social, cultural and economic life of the neighbourhood. 1

2 This innovative urban intensification project is located at the confluence of the Entertainment District and the Queen Street West neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto. The site contained two underutilized century-old brick-and-beam structures, originally built by the industrious baker and businessman George Weston, and which served as a biscuit factory until the 1970s.

Project Performance Energy intensity 198 kWh/m2/year Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under ASHRAE 90.1 2007 28% Potable water consumption from municipal sources 3,678 L/occupant/year Reduction in potable water consumption relative to reference building 42% Regional materials content [as defined by LEED] by value 33% Reclaimed and recycled materials by value 31% Construction waste diverted from landfill 83% Project Credits Owner Allied Properties REIT Architect Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. Structural engineer Stephenson Engineering Mechanical Engineer TMP Electrical engineer Mulvey & Banani LEED Consultant Ecovert Civil Engineer MGM Consulting Inc. Landscape Architect NAK Design General Contractor Eastern Construction Steel Fabricator Walters Inc. Cast Steel Node Design Cast Connex Photos Younes Bounhar

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Institutional [small] Award The large areas of glazing take advantage of the spectacular views, while the High-performance curtain wall system and roof overhangs control heat gain and loss.

Jury comments An inviting, bright and attractive building that combines economy and elegance with conscientious use of local materials and a sensitivity to its rich natural and historic context. The use of local wood elevates the architectural tone, giving a warm atmosphere to a highly functional building type. The project also leveraged improvements to the surrounding public realm, making it open and accessible to the public.

The new 1,372 m2 Lévis ferry terminal, located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River across from Quebec City, is a key component in the rehabilitation and revitalization of the city’s former industrial quayside. The development also includes a large urban park, that gives the public direct access to the shoreline. The new building draws heavily on its spectacular historic setting, establishing a strong relationship with the surrounding landscape through form, materials and transparency. As such, the terminal creates an elegant and memorable gateway to the city of Lévis, as well as functioning as a critical transportation link for the more than two million commuters and other travellers who use the ferry system each year. The terminal is accessible from local bus, bicycle and pedestrian routes.

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Sir John A. Macdonald Building Ottawa Existing Building Upgrade Award Jury comments Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this project is how the envelope and building systems upgrades have been so discreetly integrated into the heritage structure. Architecturally, the atrium ties together the old structure with the new addition, while incorporating daylighting and ventilation strategies. A very sensitive, subtle and sustainable retrofit.

1 Wellington Street elevation [1 and 2].

This former Bank of Montreal [a 1932 RAIC gold medal winning and federally classified heritage building] has been rehabilitated and expanded to accommodate a state of the art conference facility for the House of Commons. It serves as a venue for official government celebrations, state dinners, meetings, as well as educational and ceremonial functions. The design approach restored the somewhat dilapidated former bank to its original glory and filled in the adjacent empty lot with a contemporary insertion that contains additional required meeting, service and security programme components. The technical demands of the new use, including security, IT and AV upgrades as well as completely new mechanical and electrical systems had to be balanced with preservation and restoration of the

2 Site Plan: Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River to the north, and the building indicated in orange.

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Project Credits Owner Public Works and Government Services Canada Architect NORR Architects & Engineers in association with MTBA Associates Inc. Structural Engineer John G Cooke Engineers Mechanical Engineer NORR Limited Electrical Engineer NORR Limited Commissioning Agent WSP Group Civil Engineer Trow Engineering Landscape Architect Planier General Contractor/Construction manager EllisDon Photos Doublespace Photography Suppliers: Sloan plumbing fixtures, Altex roller shades, Masonite Architectural [Baillargeon Doors]

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Lockeport Beach House Lockeport Beach, NS

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South elevation - the building is deliberately set back from the beach.

Within a protected cove along the south shore of Nova Scotia, at the end of a stretch of sand, a river empties out into the sea. Time and tides have created a one-kilometre forested sandbar on which this beach house lightly sits. Despite the dramatic location, the clients resisted the obvious urge to place the house next to the beach, being drawn instead to the internal, cozy character of the site. The house is elevated on helical piles, minimizing excavation, tree clearing and sandbank erosion. The sand dunes between the forest and the beach are nesting grounds for endangered piping plovers, so retention of trees and the protection of habitat were important design considerations.

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Project Credits Architect Nova Tayona Mechanical Engineer Greg Ewert structural Engineer Andrea Doncaster General Contractor Deborah Spartinelli, Trunnells and Tenons Construction Photos Janet Kimber

The wide roof overhang provides solar shading [2].

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Marine Gateway Development Vancouver

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Mixed use AWARD Jury comments A project that has the density and diversity of use to create a complete community, with unparalleled access to both light rail and bus transportation. The comprehensive approach to sustainability is exemplary, from a highly attractive and animated public realm with a variety of commercial uses, to energy conservation and environmental control measures such as district heat and sophisticated solar shading strategies.

The Marine Gateway Development is a transit-oriented, mixed-use project located at a significant new transit node in south Vancouver. It includes two neighbourhood plazas, 15-storey office, three-storey retail podium, an 11-screen cinema, and two residential towers at 25- and 35-storeys. Integral to the design is the accommodation of transit-related functions, including an above-grade rapid transit station and bus loop. The plazas and elevated pedestrian high street provide a unique sense of place, concentrating pedestrian activity around retail stores and providing a clear connection to Southwest Marine Drive and the residential neighbourhood to the north.

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interview

Alex Speigel

Alex Speigel, partner at Windmill Developments, believes that the greenest buildings are actually conversions. With Arch Lofts [www.archlofts.com], they’re transforming a century-old church into condos in a downtown area of Toronto known as the Junction Triangle.

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1. Windmill Developments is known for its sustainably designed projects, but with the Zibi project in Ottawa/Gatineau, and now this one, is it devoting more of its work to site and building rehabilitation? We are committed to development within urban boundaries that stays well connected to transit, so many of these sites involve working with existing buildings. In some ways, the greenest building is one which already exists - since the new project will retain the embodied energy that is part of the existing structure, not sending the building to landfill. As a result, adaptive re-use projects like Arch Lofts supports Windmill’s mandate and commitment to build sustainably with the added bonus of bringing renewed relevance to older buildings.

3. How do you generally approach the upgrade of a 100-year old building to modern building standards or beyond, such as R2000 or LEED? We are targeting the Toronto Green Standards, Tier 2 level as well as the HPNC [High Performance for New Construction] standard. We are upgrading the insulation levels of the envelope with new spray insulation - but one has to be careful not to over insulate since it may cause damage to masonry. The original envelope provides great thermal mass to regulate swings in exterior temperature and the new insulation provides additional insulation as well as moisture protection to prevent higher levels of humidity from penetrating the old walls. Individual suites have energy recovery ventilators [ERVs] which provide superior levels of fresh air to the units. The geo-thermal field below ground provides a low-carbon solution for heating a cooling by using the Earth’s energy for heating in winter and cooling in summer.

2. What is the scope of the Arch Lofts? Arch Lofts consists of two interlinked buildings. The original Church building is a 100 year-old heritage structure designed by renowned Toronto architect George Miller, who also designed Massey Hall and Havergal College. The Church will hold 26 residential suites, effectively "building a building inside a building.” Insulation is being carefully added to the inside face of the massive brick walls and new energy-efficient windows are being inserted into the original masonry openings. We are also erecting a new building on the former parking lot with 13 units, called the Vestry - which will also include the new underground parking and the geo-exchange field below grade.

4. What do you do with materials salvaged from the old building and how do you minimize waste? Materials were re-used as much as possible and the balance recycled. The pews were given to a wood worker to produce a wide variety of furniture with the wood. We even found a new home for the organ, which was originally made by Cassavantes Freres from Quebec. It was carefully dismantled and re-installed in a church in Markham.

The Arch Lofts in the Junction Triangle area of Toronto combines a former church with a new 13-unit building built on the former parking lot [1]. The new "Vestry" building containing 13 units has underground parking and a geo-exchange field [2].

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5. What philosophy are you trying to project in taking on rehab projects like this which can be complicated by higher costs and the prevailing density of an establish urban area? There are definitely higher costs associated with projects like this and higher risks due to the many unknown factors. However there is worth within these beautiful, old structures that provide the value proposition: better neighbourhood acceptance during the approval process, grandfathering of the height and density inherent in the existing building and strong demand from purchasers that value the unique one-of-a-kind suites that are created. It’s a balance – and ultimately the market has responded very positively to the integrity we’ve built into every project.


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