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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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New! Straw Bale Teaching Kitchen Case Study Available 

The Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC) is excited to announce the release of a new original case study on the OAA Sustainable Design Webpage: Straw Bale Children's Teaching Kitchen. Check out this amazing project! 

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SUSTAINABLE EVENTS

Efficiency Matters Forum 

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MAY 5, 2014 - CEEA is pleased to announce Kelly Block, Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, will be speaking on behalf of the Government of Canada at breakfast, providing an update on economic benefits resulting from... 

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SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE ARTICLE

OAA Headquarters Daylighting Report

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As a part of the OAA’s commitment to the 2030 Challenge, the Headquarters at 111 Moatfied underwent an intensive lighting study in the summer/fall of 2013. Lead by lighting designer Deborah Gottesman, the overarching goal of the initiative was to model the building’s natural lighting.... 

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BOOKSHELF

Reading Suggestions 

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This collection of books offers an overview of the current issues we face, and emphasizes why sustainability is important in our practices. It also looks at current built form, space planning, technical guides, sustainable programs + 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.