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Other great sites for sustainable design and architecture 
Other great sites for sustainable design and architecture 






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2030 Ontario Target Data

This is the 2030 Ontario Target Data chart. This data was developed in 2014, by Bob Bach, Energy Proles Ltd. in consultation with the Ontario Association of Architect’s (OAA) Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC)... MORE>>
 

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Trim Tab 

This quarterly, online magazine from the International Living Future Institute, contains articles, interviews and news on the issues, designs and people that are truly transforming the built environment.... MORE>>
 
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Building Green

Building Green is an independent publishing company that has provided green design information for building professionals since 1992.... MORE>>
 

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Building Science

Buikding Science provides objective, high-quality information about commercial and residential buildings...  MORE>>
 


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Design for Reuse Primer

This primer explores in-depth 15 successful projects from different typologies. Researched and edited by Public Architecture a national non-profit organization... MORE>>
 

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Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre

The Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre is the first facility of its kind in the world focused entirely on providing an experiential learning environment for electric vehicles... MORE>>
 


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COMcheck

 An Ontario version of the envelope trade-off software COMcheck is now available for your use. This software replaces the software ENV-STD formerly issued with ASHRAE Standard 90.1, but not issued with the 2010 release. MORE>>
 

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The AIA COTE Top Ten Awards

Award site for the American Institute of Architect's Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Green Projects... MORE>>

 
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Green Building Advisor

General and specific information about green building including basics, product reviews, forum, blog and premium articles available with a subscription... MORE>>
 
 
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MIT Open Courseware in Architecture

MIT began publishing its educational materials from all of its courses freely and openly on the Internet in 2011. Ten years later, OCW has shared materials from more than 2000 courses... MORE>>
 
 
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Canada Green Building Council

Their mission is to lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada... MORE>>
 
 
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Green Source Magazine

GreenSource covers the sustainable design of commercial buildings and green homes, environmental building projects, LEED projects, and green-building... MORE>>
 
 
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Whole Building Design Guide

One-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective...MORE>>
 
 
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Inhabitat

A sustainability portal for architecture and allied professions, architecture, interior design and product design... MORE>>
 
 
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The Athena Institute

A collection of resources and tools for practitioners of sustainable design... MORE>>
 
 
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The Ontario Green Policy Hub (OGPH)

A one-stop, searchable on-line resource for sustainability policies by Ontario municipalities...MORE>>
 
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Green Building Map

The Greater Toronto Chapter Canada Green Building Council has put together an ever-evolving interactive map of Ontario's green building landscape. Included are all the buildings that have achieved LEED Certification in Ontario...MORE>>
 

Tools to help you design sustainably

 
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CRI Waste Saver App

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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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2030 Palette 

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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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ASHRAE Env4_020610

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Software that accompanies and compliments ASHRAE Standard 90.1
 
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Autodesk Ecotect 2011

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A comprehensive concept-to-detail sustainable building design tool. Ecotect Analysis offers a wide range of simulation and building energy analysis functionality that can improve performance of existing buildings and new building designs...
 
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Build Energy Calculator

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The primary goal of the software design tool called Building Energy Calculator is to guide consumers, developers and architects toward more energy-efficient buildings. The program was written by Jonathan Smith at MIT. Mr. Smith and MIT hold the copyright. Users are free to use the software but may not charge others for copies
 
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CLIMATE CONSULTANT 5 

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Version 5.0 adds a number of new features to those in the prior version of Climate Consultant 4 including three additional Comfort Models: ASHARE Handbook 2005, ASHRAE Standard 55, and Adaptive Comfort...
 
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Graphisoft EcoDesigner

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An energy evaluation tool for architects — an add-on software for ArchiCAD, Graphisoft's BIM application — which aims to provide information about a building's energy performance at the early design phases giving fast feedback for architects on the energy efficiency and sustainability of certain design alternatives...
 
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HEED Home Energy Efficient Design 4.0

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This new easy-to-use program shows you how much energy and money you can save by making various Design or Remodeling changes to your home. You can easily draw in the floorplan of your own house, then click and drag your windows to their correct location. You can select from lists of standard wall and roof construction..
 
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OPAQUE

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Draws a detail of wall or roof sections, calculates U-value, Time Lag, and Decrement Factor. It plots temperature drop through the section. Draws 2-D daily and 3-D annual plots of Outdoor and Sol-Air Temperatures, Normal and Total Surface Radiation, and Heat Flow through the envelope... 
 
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MIT Design Advisor

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Quick, visual comparisons are needed for early-stage design. The MIT Design Advisor is a tool which allows you to describe and simulate a building in less than five minutes. No technical experience or training is needed. An annual energy simulation can be run in less than a mintute, and graphical results are immediately available for review...
 























 




 

 

 

 

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NRCan Screening Tool

by stephen pope

Expectations for Energy Efficiency Measures

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Performance of Architectural Systems

by: Stephen Pope

A simple approach to building services sizing based on the peak load leads to oversized heating and cooling systems that run well below their optimum efficiency. The peak conditions only occur on a few days in a year with the majority of time building loads being significantly (even less than half) smaller. Since the calculations used for peak day design apply at any time of the year, it would be...

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OAA Green Roof Bulletin

December 2009

 

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2011 LEED Canada Buildings in Review 

Annual supplement by Sabmag

This supplement serves as a great public record of all buildings and interiors in Canada that have obtained LEED certification in 2011.

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