This post is a continuation of the story of CSV’s engagement with the Passive House standard. This time we’ll look at verification of one component of building performance: air tightness testing of the building enclosure.
On May 24th, 2018, CSV principal Anthony Leaning and architect Stephen Pope presented a continuing education lecture entitled ‘Turning Cold Climate Design Assumptions Upside Down’ at the Ontario Association of Architects annual conference in Toronto. The talk was a continuation of CSV’s outreach on high performance building, sharing our experience with the Passive House standard as applied to affordable multi-family residences
On April 26th, CSV’s Sustainability Consultant Stephen Pope attended a Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) presentation on a response to their new Zero Carbon Building Program. The presentation featured the Joyce Centre, which is a new laboratory and classroom building at Mohawk College in Hamilton participating as pilot project testing the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Standard. It will be the first building to certify under the new standard.
After sitting vacant for over twenty years, Kincora Lodge, in Chelsea, Quebec is once again welcoming guests. The most important step in rescuing any abandoned historic building is to find a compatible new use and an owner who will become its guardian. CSV Architects, working with Isabelle Bradbury Architect, has now rehabilitated the lodge as a boutique hotel, transforming the 1930’s structure into a retreat for relaxation, wellness and appreciation of nature.
Here at CSV Architects’, sustainable design is fundamental to all our work. This means it is crucial that we stay up to date with the various regulations surrounding this increasingly popular topic, in an ever-changing landscape. Because CSV has our very own expert in this field (Sustainability Consultant Stephen Pope), we really make an effort to spread our knowledge to others in the industry in hopes of promoting sustainable design and making it more accessible to all.
How often do you find a farm in the middle of a city? The Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa is a unique example of a farm in the centre of an urban area. It wasn’t always this way. In 1886 when the Central Experimental Farm was established, the site was a rural location well outside the noise and traffic of the city.
The site comprised over 400 hectares and was used as a working farm, but more importantly, it was a research centre where new farming practices and crops were developed that would benefit farmers across Canada. Today, the Central Experimental Farm is a National Historic Site of Canada.
CSV Architects were invited by Project Managers Brookfield GIS and Natural Resources Canada to carry out heritage conservation and adaptive re-use of Observatory House, located on the Experimental Farm. The renovated building will serve as a centre for the ‘Circle of Nations’, a meeting place for First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.