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.

Project Definition and Objectives

Understanding the Impact of Embodied vs. Operating Energy

Net-Zero Retail Design Considerations

Architectural considerations for the CN-SBS Research Project.


Project Summary

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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