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New Frontiers School Board 'Our House' team
LEED Certification

Quebec carpentry students attempt LEED v4 certification on home that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity

In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and the Province of Quebec, the 'Our House' project in Ormstown, Quebec, will see carpentry students building a home targeting LEED certification. One of the best ways to afford positive change in the construction industry is to send the next generation of builders out into t…

New ecoMetrics Tool Unveiled at CaGBC Conference
Architecture

Diamond Schmitt Architects creates tool to compare energy use data across building types

The firm's new ecoMetrics tool allows for a comprehensive analysis of data from energy simulation models across a wide range of the company’s building types. Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects is taking a leadership role in the development of a sustainable design databank focused on energy-use reduction. The fir…

Okanagan College
LEED Certification

Recognition keeps coming for one of world’s most sustainable buildings

Add another chapter to the sustainability story of Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. Add another chapter to the sustainability story of Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies an…

Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office
Architecture

2015 Award Winning Project: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

It's that time of year when the Canadian Green Building Awards are granted. Among this years winners: MEC's Head Office. Originally published on the Sab Mag blog, click through to see the rest of this years awardees. Jury comment A very high-performance building that does justice to its client’s corporate philosophy a…

Canadian LEED certification shows strong growth in first four months o
LEED Certification

Canadian LEED certification shows strong growth in first four months of 2015

With 135 registrations and 202 certifications between January 1 and April 30, 2015, the Canada Green Building Council calls a strong start to the year in Green Building. Ottawa, ON – May 13, 2015 – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw a very strong start to 2015 in terms of green building certifications in Ca…

World's tallest skyscraper planned for Vienna Austria
Architecture

276 foot wood frame skyscraper planned for Vienna

Wood framed multi storey buildings are becoming more and more common; the one planned for Vienna, Austria next year would be the tallest in the world. The emotional impact of watching a tree fall can cloud the reality of what wood actually represents to us as a building material. It's renewable and it acts as carbon s…

USGBC Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year Earthship Farmstead
Design

Kaplan Thompson Earthship Farmstead home receives high praise from the USGBC

The Wallace Residence, also known as the Earthship Farmstead, was named Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Council.   Editors note: This home has been named 'Earthship' but is not an official Earthship trademarked by Earthship Global.  From the USGBC : Outstanding Single Family Home…

LEED Condos in Lac Megantic
LEED Certification

CaGBC lends its support to rebuilding efforts in Calgary and Lac-Mégantic

Canada Green Building Council to provide free LEED registration and certification for rebuilding projects in Calgary and Lac-Mégantic. Ottawa, ON – April 15, 2014 – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is pleased to announce it is working with regional partners to lend support to the rebuilding efforts underway f…

'Our House' fundraiser Jamboree in Ormstown, Quebec
LEED Certification

Habitat for Humanity 'Our House' fundraiser concert

The New Frontiers School Board in Ormstown, Quebec has been documenting the design process of a high performance home that will be built by their students, then donated to famillies in need through Habitat for Humanity. This project is garnering tons of attention from the Quebec media, and their fundraiser Jamboree br…

Renewable Energy

The best desk we've ever seen

The benefits of a bicycle desk are plenty: from generating your own energy, to optimizing your health, to reclaiming that time you might have spent at the gym on the way home. There's just no way to lose with a bicycle desk. This desk hack is just too brilliant not to feature. A great way to stay active at work, you c…

Teachers experimenting with insulated I-joists as wall studs
LEED Certification

Webisode # 2 following a carpentry school that is making big waves in Quebec

As they set out to build a LEED Certified house that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, a very excited group of students and teachers can't wait to break ground. When the New Frontiers School Board decided they wanted to be a leader in teaching green building practices, it’s doubtful that they could have envisio…