The CaGBC is pleased to announce that DIRTT Environmental Solutions has been named the inaugural winner of the CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award for their interior wall system, Enzo™. The company received the award at the Building Lasting Change 2015 Gala Dinner on June 3 in Vancouver.

"We are truly humbled that DIRTT's Enzo Approach has been honoured as the CaGBC's inaugural Product of the Year," says DIRTT co-founder and Vice-President of Product Development, Geoff Gosling. "The fact that the CaGBC – a thought leader in high-performing, healthy green buildings – cited Enzo's sustainability, transparency and innovation is affirmation that DIRTT's sustainable construction philosophy and methods are indeed the way to build better."

An innovative green product that benefits healthcare facilities

Product submissions were assessed based on four key areas: sustainability, transparency and verification, innovation, and application. The jury of experts from across Canada chose DIRTT's Enzo line of prefabricated modular building interiors due to its ingenuity and application, particularly as a benefit to healthcare facilities. Healthcare facilities have unique design challenges due to the regular need for space adaptations; acoustical issues associated with privacy; infection control requirements; limited budgets and other factors. DIRTT developed the Enzo line to meet these design challenges, and have also managed to reduce the environmental impacts of the product.

Features

The product is modular and flexible, reducing the burden and waste of regularly reconstructing healthcare interiors. Among its sustainability features, DIRTT completed a life-cycle assessment (LCA) for the product, created a global Product Category Rule (PCR) and had a third-party verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) completed. This information provides consumers with an extended degree of comfort that sustainable design claims are realistic and accurate.

Want to learn more? View the video below to hear the touching story behind the Enzo System.

Runners-up for the 2015 Green Building Product of the Year Award were:

  • GlasCurtain Inc. for the creation of a fibreglass framing product for glass curtains that offers better energy performance than conventional aluminum framing, while increasing the lifespan of assemblies by reducing expansion and contraction.
  • MSL Fibre for its SONOclimat eco4®, a rigid insulation panel that provides a continuous insulation sheathing layer for wood frame construction, made from 100% recycled wood fibres that are 100% recyclable at the end of its life.

Thank you to expert judging panel for this year's awards:

  • Kevin Henry, Senior Mechanical Engineer at HDR Architects
  • Rodney Wilts, Partner, BuildGreen Solutions (A Windmill Developments Company)
  • Sheila Brown, Sustainability Expert
  • Max Richter, Senior Architect, Perkins+Will
  • Ellyn Berg, Registered Interior Designer
  • Mark Hutchinson, Director, Green Building Programs, CaGBC

Stay tuned for the launch of the 2016 Product of the Year Awards early next year! Click here for more information on the award process.