The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) released a new report, Canada’s Green Building Engine: Market Impact and Opportunities in a Critical Decade, which shows the potential of a green recovery that prioritizes green building.
The Canadian government is supporting University of British Columbia’s (UBC’s) emission reduction plan by providing a funding boost through the Low Carbon Economy Partnerships Fund. Jonathan Wilkinson, the federal minister of environment and climate change, recognized UBC’s shared commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 through climate-action initiatives such as its District Waste Heat Recovery Project, which received approximately $974,000 in funding from the Low Carbon Economy Fund.
Construction has begun on Carleton University’s all-new Engineering Design Centre, Ottawa, Ont., for its Faculty of Engineering and Design (FED). The $16-million, 2323-m2 (25,000-sf) facility will connect to Carleton’s existing Mackenzie Building and provide dedicated space for undergraduate students as they collaborate on fourth-year capstone design projects.
Snøhetta, alongside collaborators R8 Property, Skanska, and Asplan Viak, has completed its fourth energy-positive building in its powerhouse portfolio. As part of the Powerhouse series, Powerhouse Telemark, Norway, sets a new standard for the construction of environmentally sustainable buildings by reducing its yearly net energy consumption by 70 per cent when compared to similar new-construction offices, and by producing more energy than it will consume over its entire lifespan.
The new Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre (OTCC), a health and wellness facility designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, is set to serve the needs of the Oakville (Ont.) community as a gathering place for groups large and small.
The Wedge, a new residential tower in downtown Victoria, B.C., has commenced construction. The $50-million development seeks to deliver artful, award-winning architecture, tailor-made for its location. The Wedge was inspired by the natural beauty of Vancouver Island.
Samantha Menard, manager with EQ Building Performance’s energy team, is the recipient of the 2020 Emerging Green Leader Award from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The Emerging Green Leader Award recognizes a deserving student or young professional who has made a significant contribution to advocating, educating, or practicing green building, and community development.
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Québec has announced the winners of year two of its Building Energy Challenge. Launched in 2018, this friendly, innovative competition seeks to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at commercial, institutional, and multi-residential buildings in Québec.
Ross Barney Architects has unveiled designs for McDonald’s net-zero energy restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The McDonald’s-Disney flagship aims to be the first net-zero energy quick-service restaurant, and represents the company’s commitment to building a better future through “Scale for Good.”