CN-SBS Project Videos
The videos below will provide insight and detail for each of the project's five phases, including feature interviews with our third-party collaborators/partners to underscore the important details regarding the objectives, considerations, methodologies and results of each respective phase.
One of the single largest contributors to CO2 emissions worldwide is the building industry. The construction and operation of buildings consume over a third of the world’s energy and 40% of all mined resources.
In Canada, this Building sector accounts for about 30% of the total greenhouse gas emissions our nation produces. Though green protocols, such as LEED® are in place, the number of buildings achieving certification is relatively low. Increasingly, the pressure is on the Building sector to develop net-zero and carbon neutral projects to respond to the urgent challenges of climate change and urban growth. The CN-SBS research project will push the retail typology beyond current definitions of green building and address the issues of carbon neutrality.
The objective of the CN-SBS research project is to show how steel can be used in the context of a carbon neutral building project. More specifically, this research will show how a rigid-framed, steel building system can be used to help create a carbon neutral retail building.
Material Comparison, Design & Evaluation
Background: Wood vs Steel
The CN-SBS Research Project will conduct a comparison and analysis of the embodied energy in a typical steel building system and a comparable heavy timber framed building to determine how a steel building compares in terms of its embodied energy.
Design: CN-SBS Retail Building
Completing the schematic design of a carbon neutral steel retail building with a structural steel framing system. The objective will be to demonstrate why steel building systems are suitable for the carbon neutral buildings of the future.
Analysis: CN-SBS Retail Building
Examining closed-loop recycled products, such as Interface/Shaw carpets, Tecknion furniture, and Firestone roofing to investigate how recycling/re-use can be applied to steel buildings. Research includes lifecycle tracking of reclaimed materials designed for reuse.
Embodied Energy & SBS Study
The CN-SBS Research Project will conduct a comparison and analysis of the embodied energy in a typical steel building system and a comparable heavy timber framed building to determine how SBS compares in terms of its embodied energy.
What is Carbon Neutrality?
Carbon Neutrality is the new standard defining the next generation of green buildings. CN addresses a host of new, more stringent requirements with respect to environmental standards in the building industry. There are at least four different levels of carbon neutral buildings, including Zero Net Energy; Carbon Neutral; Holistic Carbon Neutral; and Complete Carbon Neutral.