For the second year in a row, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) named Canada as the number one country its annual ranking of the top 10 nations with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings. The list highlights countries outside of the United States making strides in sustainable design, construction, and transformation.
The 2015 North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) conference will be held in Vancouver from October 1 to 2. The conference was designed to boost the Passive House movement in North America. Organizers believe the focus on big buildings and affordability will inspire and inform not only building industry professionals, but also policy makers and government officials.
The Passive House concept reached a new milestone in China with the country’s first office building designed using the energy-efficient standard. The building, which is located in the city of Zhuozhou, is owned and occupied by the company Hebei Xinhua Curtain Wall, which produces Passive House windows under license for the local construction industry.
A new International Organization for Standardization/Technical Specification (ISO/TS) aims to streamline how environmental impacts of civil engineering projects are reported. ISO/TS 21929-2, Sustainability in Building Construction–Sustainability Indicators Part 2: Framework for the Development of Indicators for Civil Engineering Works establishes a core list of aspects and impacts for assessing sustainability performance of civil engineering works.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) released the winners of its Best Tall Building Awards, highlighting the top new skyscrapers and super-tall structures. A panel of judges examined 123 entries from four competing regions: the Americas, Asia/Australia, Europe, and Middle East/Africa.
Tour AIMIA, a category ‘A’ office building in the international district of Montréal, is reportedly the first new office building in its category to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
Renovations firm Greening Homes announced its Beechwood project in Toronto won the prestigious Canadian Green Building Award in the residential category. During the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) national conference this month, Greening Homes was recognized for transforming an aging bungalow on Beechwood Crescent into one of the most highly efficient residential buildings in the country.
The Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce will hold its Renewable Energies in Buildings conference in Toronto next month. The half-day event, which takes place on May 29 at the Allstream Centre, is geared toward renewable energy and building industry professionals.
Recently, I was researching into volatile organic compound (VOC) levels for epoxy coatings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare requirements. I was well aware of the different levels of familiarity with sustainable measures, and how challenging they are to incorporate into specifications. Why is there no guideline document to help write specifications for this? But then I remembered the planned CSC Green Tek-Aid… and why it never came to be.
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