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It pays to be green - and now there's research to prove it

"According to new research,. environmentally sustainable buildings carry not only energy efficient, but financial benefits. Research showed that sustainable buildngs performed financially better than their less sustainable counterparts." 

 
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Student design for an energy-sipping home wins big

"Three Ryerson projects were announced as the winners of the U.S. Department of Energy's 2015 "Race to Zero" competition. One entry in particular, "0-Zone Residence" by fourth-year students Christopher Zhu, Mark De Souza, John Sirdevan, Christopher Kayahara, Nikolai Tikhovskiy, Mark Eyk, Joshua Minkyu Jung and Dennis Han, it won twice" 

 

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Dublin goes passive: city set to make passive house mandatory

"Dublin City Council has passed a motion so that new buildings in the city must be constructed to the passive house standard. The measure was agreed at a council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the drafting of the new Dublin City Development Plan for 2016-2022." 

 
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In the age of 'smart' homes, sometimes dumb is dumb 

"Once upon a time, the only things usually called smart were people, fashions, investments and dogs. Lots of other items, however, have become smart in the past few years. We now have smartphones, smart cars, smart thermostats, smart television sets.... 

 
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So, How Do We Make Sustainability...Sustainable?

"The New York Times reported that, for the first time in history, clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal in some markets. This paradigm shift, where clean energy is beginning to compete head-to-head with traditional energy sources, calls for a change in perspective." 

 
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Snohetta's New 'Plus House' in Norway 

"This gorgeous experimental house in Norway can produce twice the energy it consumes! Designed by Snøhetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, the building demonstrates the latest sustainable technologies and proves that houses can go beyond their own energy needs to produce additional electricity for the grid." 

 

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2017

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Grey to Green 2018 Call for Proposals

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Grey to Green Conference 2018: Green Infrastructure; Jobs, Health and Community Resilience. Call for Proposals!
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2015

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It pays to be green – & now there’s research to prove it

Leighann Morris

According to new research, environmentally sustainable buildings carry not only energy efficient, but financial benefits. Research showed that sustainable buildings performed financially better than their less sustainable counterparts.
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Student design for an energy-sipping home wins big

Dave LeBlanc

Recently, three Ryerson projects were announced as winners in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 “Race to Zero” competition.
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Dublin goes passive: city set to make passive house mandatory

Jeff Colley

Interesting news from across the pond. Dublin City Council has passed a motion so that new buildings in the city must be constructed to the passive house standard. The measure was agreed at a council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the drafting of the new Dublin City Development Plan for 2016-2022.
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City of Markham Draft Natural Heritage Interface Guidelines March 2015

City of Markham

The City of Markham has requested feedback from the OAA on a current draft document titled: Natural Heritage Interface Guidelines. (link to come) The document, is comprised of various land-use and infrastructure guidelines which directly relate to architects’ work. This is an excellent opportunity for OAA members to engage with the planning stages of future built infrastructure. If you are interested in providing feedback, please review the document and e-mail your comments to Architectural Graduate, Christine Legault by March 25, 2015.
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In the age of ‘smart’ homes, sometimes dumb is best

JOHN BENTLEY MAYS

Once upon a time, the only things usually called smart were people, fashions, investments and dogs. Lots of other items, however, have become smart in the past few years...
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2014

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So, How Do We Make Sustainability...Sustainable?

Michael Panfil

Last week the New York Times reported that, for the first time in history, clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal in some markets. This paradigm shift, where clean energy is beginning to compete head-to-head with traditional energy sources, calls for a change in perspective.
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Snøhetta's New 'Plus House' in Norway Will Produce Twice The Energy It Uses

Lidija Grozdanic

This gorgeous experimental house in Norway can produce twice the energy it consumes! Designed by Snøhetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, the building demonstrates the latest sustainable technologies and proves that houses can go beyond their own energy needs to produce additional electricity for the grid.
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Material Focus: Straw Bales

Diana Budds

When it comes to ecologically minded building materials, straw bales are among the kindest (they involve repurposing waste material from the grain growing industry). And lest you fear the outcome of the Three Little Pigs fairy tale, rest assured that when done correctly straw bale homes are structurally sound...
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No More Air Conditioners: This "Skin" For Buildings Keeps The Inside Cool With Zero Energy

Adele Peters- Fast Company

The facade works with no power at all--not even solar panels--and keeps the temperature comfortable and light bright inside.
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Reporting from Toronto: Li Xiaodong wins inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize for the Liyuan Library

Terri Peters (Archinect)

The small library is 175m2 with a construction budget of about $185,000 CAD. The message that this prize sends out is clear: ambitious architectural designs can be found anywhere, for almost any budget and be designed for all kinds of users. The Jury Chair, architect Barry Johns argues “We need more of these types of perhaps modest, yet powerful buildings which make architecture from a deep understanding of people, culture, context, site, materiality and light”.
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2030 E-News Bulletin

architecture 2030

Oct.9th 2030 e-bulletin "What's in Your Palette"
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Interior Green Wall Award- Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa

Greenroofs.org

“The living wall is central to the experience of being in the public space of this 250,000 sf building – it positively affects the light, sound, texture, air and colour of the space. It is key to making it a place where the university students and faculty want to spend time.” – Sarah Low, associate at Diamond Schmitt Architects.
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Oil Company Leaves ALEC Over Climate Change

Kristine Lofgren

It’s easy to see why some of the more environmentally friendly companies would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) based on the council’s lies about climate change, but what about an oil company? In the wake of Microsoft, Google, Yelp and Yahoo’s recent departure from the council, Occidental Petroleum parted ways with ALEC after investors expressed concern about the anti-renewables group.
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Totally tubular: Innovative fans redistribute hot ceiling air to the floor for warmer rooms & lower heating costs

Derek Markham

One of the big inefficiencies in most home heating systems comes from the natural tendency of warm air to rise, which leads to hot ceilings and cool floors and frequent on-and-off cycling of the systems. Considering that all human activity in homes and offices takes place in the bottom 6 feet of a room, not up near the ceiling, that rising hot air can add up to a lot of wasted energy, money, and cold toes.
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One Planet Communities: The Earth's Greenest Neighborhoods

Brian Barth

Green living is the hottest thing on the real estate market these days, and BioRegional, an entrepreneurial charity based in London, is making sure it stays that way. The organization stewards the One Planet Communities; a growing worldwide network of deep green neighborhoods that are the cutting edge of sustainable development. So far only seven communities worldwide have met the rigorous standards of an OPC, though eight others have integrated the 10 guiding principles to a lesser degree, but still enough to receive honorable mention from the organization....
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Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

Dezeen

To take advantage of solar gains, the architects installed triple-glazed windows on both the Leeuw House’s south and west facades, and left the north facade mostly closed. The glazing is slightly set back from the darkly tinted gray facade to prevent glare and overheating. The architects used sandwich panels, which are typically used in industrial buildings, as insulation for the house. “The house has underfloor heating, but it hasn’t been used yet,” architect Karel Verdonck told Dezeen. “The building requires almost no energy for heating.”
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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

Tamsin Woolley-Barker, PhD., 05/07/14

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with?
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New San Diego Building May Be Largest U.S. Carbon-Neutral Commercial Office Building

Caroline Massie

LPL Financial opened its new headquarters last week, which features fuel cells that convert biogas into enough electricity to power the building and an additional 750 homes.
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Resilient house for New York designed by Ontario Architect now under construction

Dave LeBlanc, SustainableT.O.

In late October 2013 members of the Toronto firm, SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building, Paul Dowsett, principal, Nicholas Discenza and Andrew Stiffman toured a site struck by Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway. This site was selected for construction of the “Resilient House,” Sustainable.TO’s top prize entry in a competition launched by the American Institute of Architects and others, seeking sustainable housing designs for disaster areas in New York, New Orleans and Joplin Missouri.
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Report on the Michael Green Lecture

Ontario Association of Architects

SBEC/OAA had the opportunity to attend the Michael Green lecture “Plant, Cut, Repeat: Natural solutions to complex problems” hosted by Wood Works Ontario. The following is a short report on the presentation.
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OAA HQ Targeting Zero Carbon Emissions!

Ontario Association of Architects

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 selling the building to increasing its functionality and energy efficiency. This report is a follow up to previous reports and discussions with members.
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Revamping the Parking Lot

David Sokol, Green Source Magazine

Four Architecture Firms Rethink the Parking Lot Giving New Life to Downtown Suburbia
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Alien-Like Plastic Bag Tents Are Actually Heating Systems For The Homeless

Sydney Brownstone for Fastcoexist

Sometimes the best design ideas are the simplest. These shelters siphon off excess air from buildings' HVAC systems--heat that otherwise is just being wasted.
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High Performance New Construction - Energy Efficiency Program

Ontario Power Authority

The HIGH PERFORMANCE NEW CONSTRUCTION program provides design assistance and incentives for building owners and architects who exceed the electricity efficiency standards specified in the Ontario Building Code.
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OAA Headquarters Daylighting Report

Harold Murray, Gottesman Associates

The Ontario Association of Architects has undertaken an ambitious project in putting their Headquarters at 111 Moatfield Drive to the 2030 Challenge. This report covers the Daylighting Study and its conclusions, which have formed an integral part of the overall feasibility study and preliminary design process.
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Say What? A Quick Guide to Building Science Jargon

Katie Weeks

CYA on BS jargon with this great new list of 153 green building acronyms and initials. First things first: BS, in this reference, is a good thing you should all be paying attention to.
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Making the most of wastewater

RIchard Blackwell

The warm water being flushed down Canada’s sewers could become a huge source of recycled energy.
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New building certification could seriously challenge LEED

Building Magazine

New upgrades to a building certification program may very well lure developers and building owners who are thinking of obtaining a green certification for their projects away from LEED.
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2013

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Performance Anxiety

Peter Fairley

Creating buildings that deliver on progressively more ambitious environmental goals will require energy simulations that reliably predict post-occupancy consumption.
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The 2030 Palette is Now Live!

Architecture 20300

The 2030 Palette is a free online platform that puts the principles and actions behind low-carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of design professionals worldwide.
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New Guide: Advanced Energy Retrofits for Healthcare Facilities

Building Technologies Office

The Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Healthcare Facilities is part of a series of retrofit guides commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy. By presenting general project planning guidance as well as detailed descriptions and financial payback metrics for the most important and relevant energy efficiency measures (EEMs), the guides provide a practical roadmap for effectively planning and implementing performance improvements in existing buildings.
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CRI Council's WASTE SAVER MOBILE APP now available

Beta version on iTunes and Google stores

Waste Saver is an innovative easy-to-use app to help all industrial, commercial and institutional companies prevent waste generation and minimize waste to landfill, especially those involved in the building industry.
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Airtightness Tests: What are They and Why Do They Matter?

JOHN STRAUBE, PH.D., P.ENG

OAA Sustainability practice article
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Report From The Commission To The European Parliament And The Council

European Commission (EC)

Progress By Member States Towards Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings
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EPA Region 8 Building Fares Well under Performance-Based Contract

Candace Pearson

Faced with steep rent deductions if energy benchmarks weren't met, the Wynkoop project team produced a building that out-performed contract requirements.
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Why Are Some States Trying to Ban LEED Green Building Standards?

Emily Badger

This article looks at alternative "green" initiatives some States are implementing in opposition to the LEED Program.
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Do You Actually Use Your Condo Balcony?

Robert Everett-Green

A look at how condo balconies- although much desired - are mostly unused thermal bridges which are driving prices up.
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Toward Resilient Architectures 2: Why Green Often Isn't

Michael Mehaffy and Nikos A. Salingaros

This article looks into current accredited "green" projects and examines how older buildings may be more sustainable. Following Modernism through the ages, can the 21st century translation achieve "ecological resilience" or is Modernism inherently unsustainable?
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Sustainability - Definitions and Criteria

Danny Harvey, Department of Geography, University of Toronto

Human civilization and societies, with their accompanying needs for energy, water, materials and nutrients, can be regarded as “sustainable” if they can continue indefinitely, the ultimate limit being set by the expected remaining lifespan of a habitable Earth, which is about 1 billion years.
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2010

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Why Net Zero?

Lou Ampas

Net-zero energy homes are a critical and all-important first step to help us achieve our 2030 challenge goal of Carbon Neutrality. More »

2005-2009

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Why Go Green?

ALEX SPEiGEL

We are in the midst of a major shift in public awareness and concern about the environment, which is causing a transformation MORE>>
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Integrated Design Processes

STEPHEN POPE

In the past five years, there has been an explosion of talk about new ways of developing real estate. The points of view vary from those who advocate reduced environmental impact MORE>>
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Practicing Sustainable Design

barbara ross

An Interviews architects Roberto Chiotti, and Joanne McCallum  MORE>>
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A Lexicon of Environmental Terminology

Barbara m. ross + Gary pask

Many of the words are more potent — they may even reveal contrasting ways of thinking about design... MORE>>
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Green is Not a Features List

Terri Meyer Boake

THE ADOPTION AND MARKETING OF ratings systems, such as LEED™ and Green Globes, seems to be pushing green building to adopt a checklist approach to design...MORE>>
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Energy Matters

DR. JOHN STRAUBE

The environmental crisis, and hence green building design, revolves around a wide range of issues: habitat destruction, storm water runoff, air pollution, erratic climate change...MORE>>
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The New New Deal

alex speigel

For decades environmentalists have been warning us that human economic activity is exceeding the planet’s limits. In recent years, the imperative to ... MORE>>
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Reusing Buildings and Components

DR. MARK GORGOLEWSKI

One of the fundamental aspects of sustainable design is a focus on getting more out of the resources we use MORE>>
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Myth 01: Green Architecture is Ugly

Images such as the one above are part of a misconception that green architecture is a style, and that style is associated with architecture created during the counter culture movements... MORE »  

2000-2004

Canadian Eco-Architecture 2000

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS

A Collection of essays and case studies…

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1995-1999

Canadian Eco-Architecture 1996

ONTARIO aSSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS

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Canadian Eco-Architecture 1997 

A collection of essays and case studies. 

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Canadian Eco-Architecture 1998 ontario association of architects

A short one sentence description.

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Canadian Eco-Architecture 1995 

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS

A collection of essays and case studies

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