The City of Mississauga has been recognized with multiple energy awards for the energy conservation and innovative efforts taken in 2018. These were provincial awards for programs implemented by the city’s energy management team.
A new report by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) provides an action plan to close the low-carbon building skills gap in the Ontario construction industry. With structures accounting for 30 per cent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, addressing the current gap in low-carbon building skills is important if Canada is to meet its 2030-target of reducing emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels. In Ontario, the most country’s populous …
Energy and thermal performance requirements are growing and playing an increasingly significant role in building codes throughout North America. However, understanding and meeting these requirements has also become complex for designers. At the same time, it is clear important decisions regarding basic enclosure assembly design and window area need to be made early in the project to achieve the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and comfortable building.
Completed in the summer of 2018, Valleyview Town Hall in Alberta is the result of extensive collaboration between the municipality, contractor, and a team of designers and consultants working together to achieve the Passive House standard in a northern climate. This structure aims to become the first commercial building to achieve Passive House certification in Alberta and the first commercial building to obtain Passive House Plus certification in the world.
Located on the Mount Royal Heritage Site, McGill University in downtown Montréal transformed its Leacock building to meet a new vision focusing on sustainable mobility, increased biodiversity, and innovation. In 2010, the campus was converted to become completely pedestrianized.
The Québec City University Hospital Center (CHU) de Québec – Université Laval opted for a deep retrofit project when addressing a backlog of deferred maintenance. Energy-efficiency upgrades at four of the centre’s hospitals included boiler replacements, improvements to the thermal plants, and reconfiguration of numerous electromechanical systems.
Architects can integrate solar arrays into building designs instead of adding them as an afterthought. As solar photovoltaic (PV) technology matures and design options expand, everything from the colour of frames to the tint of the glass can be selected.
The Arthur Meighen Building in Toronto has been selected by the federal government as a pilot project by the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) zero carbon building initiative. The Dialog-led project will achieve its sustainability targets with geothermal heating and cooling systems and photovoltaic (PV) panels.