Design Charettes

Since 2003, SBC has organized numerous Design Charrettes for a diverse client base including developers of both new and existing buildings. SBC has an extensive network of green building experts including leading designers, modellers, and facilitators that enables us to deliver a quality result for our participants.

SB14 Canadian Team Report – Barcelona, October 2014

WSB14 Team Canada has prepared a full summary report of the proceedings at the World Sustainable Building Conference in Barcelona, Spain on 28-30 October 2014. This entry was posted in Charrettes in October 2014. Download Report (PDF)

Sustainable Archetype Condo - Toronto, August 2012

ArchCondoThe Archetype Condominium is a design-focused research project led by SBC with the support of a number of partners. The goal of this project is to identify ways that a condominium building might exceed the energy requirements in the Ontario Building Code (i.e. reduce energy use) by 25% or more. This entry was posted in Charrettes on August 17, 2012. Download Report (PDF)

SB11 Canadian Team Report - Helsinki, October 2011

SB11Team Canada has prepared a full summary report of the proceedings at the World Sustainable Building Conference in Helsinki, Finland on 18-21 October 2011. This entry was posted in Charrettes in October 2011. Download Report (PDF)

Affordable Seniors’ Housing Project - Hamilton, September 2010

RoyalVistaThe Royal Vista Gardens project, in partnership with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is a planned affordable housing property within the City of Hamilton. The planned building is a 4-storey, 4,636 square meter multi-residential building intended to house the elderly with affordable rental rates while providing a high level of comfort.In keeping with the philosophy of the CMHC’s Equilibrium™ Communities, there is desire to ensure that the new building demonstrates sustainable and energy efficient design while maintaining financial viability.With this focus, SBC in partnership with the High Performance New Construction (HPNC) and the Royal Vista Gardens Team undertook a one-day Design Charrette aimed at employing theIntegrated Design Process to identify various energy and environmental improvements that may be achieved with this project. This entry was posted in Charrettes on September 17, 2010. Download Report (PDF)

Sustainable Development Evaluation System (SDES) Policy - East Gwillimbury, January 2010

SDES The purpose of this Design Charrette was to test the relative merits of five elements of the Town of East Gwillimbury’sSustainable Development Evaluation System (SDES) Policy, while maintaining the economic feasibility of the project and Engineered Air’s Corporate Building brand image. The five elements investigated were energy efficiency, water efficiency, heat island reduction, stormwater management, and waste diversion. Engineered Air would like to work with the Town to create a green development equivalency for LEED. A project concept by Engineered Air (owner) and Rice Commercial Group (developer) to develop a 110,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the town with capacity for a future 105,000 square foot building was used as the test subject. This entry was posted in Charrettes on January 17, 2010. Download Report (PDF)

Harbourfront Centre - Toronto, April 2009

Harbourfront Harbourfront Centre (HFC) is committed to transforming its 10 acre site into a green district on Toronto’s waterfront. As part of its core operations, HFC wishes to explicitly adopt principles and practices that are inherently green and sustainable throughout the organization. As part of this effort, HFC contacted SBC to assist in developing a Sustainability Vision Statement and ultimately in developing and delivering an Integrated Design Charrette that would bring together a variety of green building specialists including architects, mechanical, electrical and structural engineers, experts in costing lighting, building envelope, renewable energy, and environmental marketing and program management. HFC buildings and property are a central part of Toronto’s public realm. The greening of an important space such as HFC is not only significant because of the direct environmental impacts and the improved performance of its own facilities, but because it represents a unique opportunity to engage, educate and inspire the public in the process. This entry was posted in Charrettes on April 17, 2009. Download Report (PDF)

SB08 Canadian Team Report – Melbourne, October 2008

iisbelogoTeam Canada has prepared a full summary report of the proceedings at the World Sustainable Building Conference in Melbourne, Australia on 21-25 September 2008. This entry was posted in Charrettes in September, 2008. Download Report (PDF)

St. Lawrence Market North Redevelopment - Toronto, December 2007

StLawMrktThe City of Toronto is planning on redeveloping the St. Lawrence Market North site on the north-west corner of Front and Jarvis Streets. As well as meeting targets for sustainability and respecting the historic character of the area, the new building is meant to counteract the current under-utilization of the site with a mixed-use facility, including an improved farmer’s market space at grade (with a mezzanine) that will double as an event space, four levels of office space above the market, and 3 levels of underground parking. SBC developed and managed an Integrated Design Charrette bringing together a variety of green building specialists including architects, mechanical, electrical and structural engineers, experts in costing, lighting, building envelope, renewable energy, green roofs, water, life-cycle assessment and so on, along with City staff, to share their expertise and develop sustainable building schemes that met the City of Toronto’s Green Development Standard. This entry was posted in Charrettes on December 17, 2007. Download Report (PDF)

Toronto City Hall & Nathan Phillips Square - Toronto, June 2007

TorCityHall SBC, in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Clinton Foundation, organized a one-day Design Charrette focusing on energy and environmental improvements that might be made to Toronto’s City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. More than 50 professionals from a variety of disciplines including design, engineering, operations, and buildings performance spent the day brainstorming ideas and concepts that will help realize Mayor David Miller’s vision of making Toronto City Hall the “greenest city hall in North America”. Three teams addressed the various issues, culminating in a presentation and final report that describes a variety of technologies and activities that can be undertaken to achieve dramatic decreases in energy and water use, eventually leading to a building which will be a showcase of sustainability. This entry was posted in Charrettes on June 17, 2007. Download Report (PDF)

Designing for Post-Disaster Reconstruction: A Canadian Response - March 2006

No thumbnail available With funding support from Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC), SBC undertook a two-day Design Charrette focusing on activities and expertise that Canada can offer as part of a reconstruction scenario for areas which have experienced major environmental disasters. The attached report provides the findings of the deliberations. This entry was posted in Charrettes on March 17, 2006. Download Report (PDF)

SB05 Canadian Team Report – Tokyo, September 2005

SB05Team Canada has prepared a full summary report of the proceedings at the World Sustainable Building Conference in Tokyo, Japan on 26-29 September 2005. This entry was posted in Charrettes in September 2005. Download Report (PDF)

Rogers Centre - Toronto, August 2005

RogersCentre The purpose of the Rogers Centre Design Charrette was to identify possible opportunities to improve the performance and reduce the costs of operating the facility. The event format also demonstrated the value in examining energy use by teams of peers and professionals who, when given utility data, the opportunity to tour the facility and interview Rogers Centre staff, and to consider the operational and system issues collectively, could identify cost effective operating strategies and energy retrofit opportunities. This entry was posted in Charrettes on August 17, 2005. Download Report (PDF)

Cornwall, Prince Edward Island - P.E.I., April 2005

No thumbnail available On April 26 and 27, 2005, the Town of Cornwall, PEI held a two-day Design Charrette for a new town hall. Organizational assistance was provided by SBC and key funding support came fromNatural Resources Canada, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Geothermal Coalition, Cement Association of Canada - Atlantic Region, and ADI Engineering. The event attracted 22 participants, representing architects, engineers, planners, town representatives and a variety of technology specialists. Each team consisted of approximately 10 core members, with floating experts circulating among the teams. This entry was posted in Charrettes on April 17, 2005. Download Report (PDF)

Parkdale Community - Toronto, January 2005

No thumbnail available On January 27-28, 2005, SBC and the Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation (PLEDC, now the Parkdale Community Development Group) held a two-day Design Charrette for sustainable, affordable housing. With key funding support from Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC), Enbridge Gas Distribution, and Natural Resources Canada participants were challenged to add 20 rental units to a site with two existing buildings either through renovation or new construction. The event attracted more than 40 participants representing architects, engineers, planners, housing workers, building operators, and a variety of technology specialists. This entry was posted in Charrettes on January 17, 2005. Download Report (PDF)

Upper Canada College Athletic Complex - Toronto, June 2004

UCCOn June 14, 2004, SBC hosted a Design Charrette at Upper Canada College (UCC) in Toronto. This event focused on a new sports complex (arena and pool) planned for UCC. Over 40 participants examined 3 different scenarios, again demonstrating the power of the Integrated Design Processfor optimizing energy and environmental performance. This entry was posted in Charrettes on June 17, 2004. Download Report (PDF)

Commerce Court West & 401 Richmond - Toronto, December 2003

401RichmondOn December 2nd, SBC hosted a one-day Design Charrette focused on existing buildings. Participants examined two buildings in downtown Toronto: the Commerce Court West tower and 401 Richmond – a recently renovated historic building. Five teams examined energy use and environmental performance for the two buildings and the results indicate that cost effective improvements can be made to both buildings. This entry was posted in Charrettes on December 17, 2003. Download Report (PDF)

Regent Park Redevelopment - Toronto, September/October 2003

RegentPark On September 30 and- October 1, 2003, SBC hosted a 1.5-day sustainability workshop focused on developing sustainability guidelines for Toronto’s Regent Park re-development project. The event attracted 70 participants, representing architects, engineers, educators, city planners, and a variety of technology specialists. This entry was posted in Charrettes on September 17, 2003. Download Report (PDF)

Existing Minto & Metro Label Buildings - Toronto, June 2003

No thumbnail available Minto’s Yonge and Eglinton Towers and Metro Label’s printing facility were the subjects of the second SBC Charette, hosted at Toronto City Hall in May 2003. The event attracted more than 100 participants. This entry was posted in Charrettes on June 17, 2003. Download Report (PDF)

Tridel’s Circa Project - Markham, April 2003

No thumbnail available SBC and the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance hosted a Design Charrette on April 23, 2003 at the Markham Suites Hotel in Markham, ON. Supported by Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC), Natural Resources Canada, Enbridge Gas Distribution, OZZ Corporation, and Tridel, the event was a hands-on integrated design session focusing on Tridel’s new Circa Project in Markham. This entry was posted in Charrettes on April 17, 2003. Download Report (PDF)

SB02 Canadian Team Report – Oslo, September 2002

SB02Team Canada has prepared a full summary report of the proceedings at the World Sustainable Building Conference in Oslo, Norway on 23-25 September 2002. This entry was posted in Charrettes in September 2002. Download Report (PDF)

GBC2K Canadian Team Report – Maastricht, October 2000

Screenshot 2016-04-06 19.07.41Team Canada has prepared a full summary report of the proceedings at the Green Building Challenge in Maastricht, The Netherlands on 23-25 October 2000. This entry was posted in Charrettes in October 2000. Download Report (PDF)

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