Architects and specifiers can go “green” by employing channel glass, as glass is a recyclable material. Additionally, it provides natural daylight, controls acoustics, and improves energy efficiency. Some channel glasses are also bird friendly.
While it is widely agreed sustainability is a good thing, it is not always clear what courses of action are appropriate. Assessment of alternatives is often difficult, particularly in the building industry where outcomes may not be known for decades, and where multiple sources of uncertainty usually exist.
The Atmospheric Fund and Ecosystem partnered with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation to retrofit seven multi-unit residential buildings. These energy retrofits have reduced annual utility bills and carbon emissions, while addressing thermal comfort and ventilation issues for residents.
The Trinity Western University (TWU) in Langley, B.C. has one of the tallest wood-framed modular student housing complexes in the country. Completed earlier this year, the five-story Jacobson Hall has added housing for about 220 students.
The Wilder Building Espace Danse, a transformed heritage building in Montréal, has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification in the new construction and renovation (NC) category.
ACDF Architecture and Architecture49, in partnership with IBI Group, have constructed PARQ in Vancouver, an urban oasis featuring a 6689-m² (72,000-sf) casino, two luxury hotels, eight restaurants, a fitness centre, spa, a 2787-m² (30,000-sf) rooftop park, and 5574 m² (60,000 sf) of meeting and event space.
More than one-third of Canadian respondents to the World Green Building Trends 2018 study currently do the majority of their projects ‘green’. It is the highest percentage in North America and fourth-highest worldwide.
The newly launched EnergyCompass tool seeks to improve energy literacy in Ontario and aid construction professionals to make better use of green building designs to reach the goal of net-zero carbon emissions.
The Energy Star certification is now available for Ontario’s new mid- and high-rise residential buildings. In collaboration with EnerQuality and the home building industry, the Energy Star Multifamily High-Rise (New Construction) Pilot Program will help developers adopt energy-efficient practices when constructing new mid- and high-rise buildings in the province.