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As the OAA building passes 20 years old, the building requires extensive maintenance, and its energy use is significantly above average for a low rise office building. OAA Council saw this as an opportunity to review all aspects of the building, including...
The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) explores innovative new environments in skilled trades education.The design concept for ACCE explicitly embraces nature. Bio-philic concepts support the positive experience of integrating natural systems in the constructed environment...
The idea of Passive House design is often confusing, particularly in North America, where a house is, well, a house. In Germany, where Passivhaus came from, Haus means building.
Ottawa -based Architecture, Urbanism and Conservation firm MTBA Associates has proposed a “radical rehabilitation” for the Prime Minister’s official Residence at 24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa.
These publications offer an overview of the current issues we face, emphasizing why sustainability is important in our practices. They also look at current built form, space planning, technical guides, sustainable programs, and energy efficiency in building systems.
Sustainable design aspires to create a common future where impending generations ability to meet their own needs are not compromised. This hinges on our ability to protect environmental quality, and thus quality of life. This is a future dependent upon making decisions today that protect or improve environmental quality. Building ecologically sensitive, highly efficient, sustainable buildings and communities is an enormous part of this challenge.