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OAA HQ Targets Zero CO2 Emissions

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...  

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CASE STUDIES

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Centre for Construction Excellence 

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...

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SUSTAINABLE NEWS

Affordable Housing Providers builds Canada's Greenest apartments 

(Ottawa Salus Corp.)

They are buildings so energy efficient they don't need a furnace, an air conditioner or any other kind of active climate control to keep their residents comfortable through the sticky summers and icy winters in many parts of Canada.

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SUSTAINABLE NEWS

Co-working offices are built out shipping containers

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Co-working companies like WeWork are eating up office space around the world. There are many advantages, from food to ping-pong tables, but most importantly, as one tenant described it in Forbes, "the energy:.."

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Reading Suggestions 

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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.

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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.