Vancouver’s green gardens seek Platinum

Pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum, Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre opened its doors last month.

Designed by Perkins+Will, the 1765-m2 (19,000-sf) facility was inspired by the form of a native orchid. The building is organized in undulating green roof ‘petals’ along ‘stems’ of rammed earth and concrete walls.

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Vegetated roofing honoured

Two Canadian green roofs have been recognized in this year’s Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence, held by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).

Winning the “Green Roof–Extensive Institutional” award was Toronto’s City Hall green roof at Nathan Phillips Square.

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Two hotels make the haunted lists

On Monday, many ghosts and ghouls roamed the streets of Canadian communities, but for two hotels, some say the hauntings continue year-long.

A unique hostel in the nation’s capital and a world-renowned Banff, Alta., historic site have been selected for two different ‘most scary’ lists.

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Toronto firm claims Holcim Award

Toronto designers took the top prize at the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition for North American sustainable construction.

At a Washington, D.C., ceremony last month, Lateral Office/InfraNet Lab (Mason White, Lola Sheppard, Fionn Byrne, and Princeton, N.J.’s Nikole Bouchard) were honoured with $100,000 and ‘Gold’ for their work in envisioning the Arctic Food Network—infrastructure for Inuit communities to strengthen local economies and increase communication.

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Toronto requiring green roofs on industrial projects

More than 113,300 m2 (1.2 million sf) of new green space has been planned for commercial, institutional, and multi-unit residential developments across Toronto due to the city’s green roof bylaw—and that number is about to increase.

Paul Erlichman, membership co-ordinator for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), points out the bylaw required green roofs on projects with a minimum gross floor area of 2000 m2 (21,528 sf) as of January 31, 2010.

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Greenbuild takes Toronto

Earlier this month, Greenbuild brought together more than 23,000 design/construction professionals, 1700 exhibitors, and industry experts from around the world to discuss the present and future of sustainable buildings.

From October 4 to 7, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) held its flagship event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)—the first time the international building conference/expo has taken place outside the United States.

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Honda Canada unveils latest LEED-certified building

Honda Canada’s head office in Markham, Ont., recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), making it the automotive manufacturer’s 11th to be certified in North America.

Designed by ZAS Architects + Interiors and HOK Canada, the four-storey, 12,821-m2 (138,000-sf) office building is one of three buildings on Honda Canada’s 22-ha (54-acre) campus.

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