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Evolv1 zero carbon building design certification
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Waterloo office building earns Canada’s first zero carbon certification

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Cora Group has earned Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building – Design certification for evolv1, a commercial multitenant office building in Waterloo, Ont. Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) presents the certification, which required the building to: model a zero carbon

UBC rammed earth construction
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UBC study looks to strengthen rammed earth construction

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Compressed soil, or rammed earth, is the focus of a study out of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus. The use of soil as a construction material may offer a reduction in costs and energy consumption, according to

Jennifer Wagner Carbon Cure Xprize
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Nova Scotia’s CarbonCure Technologies named finalist in $20M competition

April 10, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies has been named one of ten finalists in the global $20 million NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize. Carbon Xprize challenges competitors to convert CO2 emissions into valuable products. CarbonCure’s technology converts carbon dioxide into concrete. The competition

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Quebec funds green infrastructure projects in Montreal

March 27, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Quebec government will provide $20.5 million in funding to the City of Montreal for green infrastructure projects in the Technopôle Angus green neighbourhood. This contribution will help meet the total costs of green infrastructure, estimated at nearly $40 million,

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From the editor: Hurray for the red, white… and green

March 13, 2018 Rob Blackstien

As a I dragged my butt out of bed at 2:40 in the morning last month to watch an Olympic hockey game taking place on the other side of the planet, my mind drifted… as it is wont to do

Howland Green Homes Net Zero Office Building
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Ontario homebuilder to construct Canada’s first net-zero office building

February 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Markham, Ont.-based Howland Green Homes announced plans to construct the first net positive (net-zero) energy office building in Canada. A net-zero building generates its own energy needs through renewable on-site or remote power generation. The Howland Green Business Centre will

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Low carbon fuel study to be conducted at Lafarge Canada cement plant

January 11, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A $1 million study on the environmental benefits of low carbon fuels will be conducted at a Lafarge Canada cement plant in Exshaw, Alta. The study is in partnership with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and

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EllisDon in partnership with U of T acquires $2.4M in funding for Carbon Accounting Tool

January 9, 2018 EllisDon

EllisDon, in partnership with the University of Toronto, has successfully secured a $2.4-million grant through the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D program to develop a Carbon Accounting Tool. The program is supported by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences

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2018 forecast: green infrastructure sprouting up

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

With scientists forecasting increasingly turbulent weather, builders developers and governments can expect heightened pressure in 2018 to green their infrastructure. The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, for instance, is developing new measures for stormwater run-off volume control. “It

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Lafarge files application for industrial approval

November 29, 2017 Government of Nova Scotia

Lafarge Canada Inc. has filed an application for an industrial approval to use tires as a low-carbon fuel. The project is a one-year pilot for one of the company’s kilns in Brookfield, Colchester Co. It requires both an environmental assessment

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Bauma selects Canada as official partner country for 2019 show

November 21, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Bauma, the world’s largest trade show for the international construction machinery, mining equipment, and building material machinery sectors, has named Canada as its official partner country for the April 2019 show. According to organizers Canada was chosen to “reflect the

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CaGBC helps kickstart Canada’s low-carbon economy with opening of Zero Carbon Building Program registration

October 31, 2017 CaGBC

OTTAWA, ON – Today, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is opening public registration for Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Program, which provides third-party verification of compliance for zero carbon design and performance. This world-class Standard positions Canada as

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Lethbridge College opens Trades Innovation Centre

September 28, 2017 On-Site Magazine

TORONTO – A greatly expanded trades and technologies centre opened Sept. 29 at Lethbridge College. At close to 170,000 square feet, the new facility designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in association with Sahuri + Partners is one of the largest

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CaGBC announces Greenest School in Canada winner

September 27, 2017 CaGBC

Ottawa, ON – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools announced today that Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the winner of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition. Located in

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Boehmers uses captured CO2 to make stronger concrete blocks

September 7, 2017 Nate Hendley

Boehmers is a concrete block producer in Cambridge, Ont. with a new, carbon-dioxide (CO2) infused product said to be great for the environment and superior to traditional concrete blocks. The company has been selling the Carboclave block, as the product

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Carbon pricing alone can’t meet Canada’s GHG emission reduction targets

September 6, 2017 Conference Board of Canada  

OTTAWA – Carbon pricing will help Canada reduce emissions but the reductions will fall short of the government’s goal of a 30 per cent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030, according to a joint report by The Conference Board of Canada and The Canadian Academy of Engineering. Trillions of

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Canada’s existing buildings hold key to climate targets

September 5, 2017 Pembina Institute

VANCOUVER and TORONTO — Governments at all levels in Canada are moving toward requiring new homes and buildings to be constructed to low-carbon, ultra energy-efficient standards by 2030. But Canada still lacks a comprehensive strategy to achieve the significant reductions

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Report: Meeting Canada’s climate change goals will create a boom in construction jobs

August 17, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

The Columbia Institute released a landmark study: Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions. Commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, this study explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and potential for low-carbon economy job growth as

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Canada leads with more than 100 LEED v4 registrations

August 1, 2017 CaGBC

OTTAWA, ON  – The Canadian green building movement is at the forefront of the global green building industry, with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announcing today that the country has now surpassed 100 LEED v4 registrations, representing over 681,000

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Ontario’s first tall wood institutional building is to be constructed on the George Brown College campus

July 27, 2017 George Brown College

TORONTO – Continuing its leadership in the evolution of green and sustainable building methods, George Brown College plans to construct the province’s first Tall Wood institutional building. The planned 12-storey, carbon neutral facility will be home to a Tall Wood Building Research Institute.



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