CaGBC Atlantic Chapter introduces awards
program and congratulates leaders

HALIFAX, NS – Sept 26, 2017 – Atlantic Canada’s green building projects and innovators were in the spotlight at the World Trade and Convention Centre yesterday, as the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) honoured the 2017 CaGBC Atlantic Chapter Leadership & Green Building Award recipients as a part of BuildGreen Atlantic, the 2017 CaGBC Atlantic Chapter Conference and Tradeshow. 

The annual Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations that show outstanding leadership in the industry, and those who have made a significant contribution to the CaGBC’s mission and goals in advancing green building in Atlantic Canada. 

“I am very pleased to congratulate this year’s CaGBC Leadership Award, Green Building Excellence winners, who represent some of the very best minds, innovators and projects in the Atlantic Canadian green building industry,” says Lara Ryan, Regional Director, Atlantic Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. “I believe that individual leadership and commitment to affect change is critical in moving toward a low carbon economy that will benefit all Canadians.”

The winners of the 2017 CaGBC Leadership & Green Building Awards are:

Excellence in Green Building – New Construction
Il Trullo Restaurant.
Located in the Kings Wharf Development and targeting for LEED® Gold for Commercial Interiors the restaurant takes its name from the unique conical construction in Southern Italy. The design of the restaurant was based on the natural elements of a trullo with ceiling domes, natural stone look and wood elements for a cozy contemporary feel. Products were carefully chosen for their sustainability to create the modern design to highlight the local and recycled elements.  Water and energy efficiencies as well and staff education on recycling and sustainability are ensuring this project meets its owner’s green objectives.

Excellence in Green Building – Existing Building
NSCC Institute of Technology Campus
The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Institute of Technology Campus (ITC) is a postsecondary institution originally built in 1962 with additional wings added in the 1970s and 1980s.  Approximately 10 years ago, the building had reached the end of its life cycle and was considered for demolition. It was determined that main structural components of the building were in perfect working order and a phased renovation approach would be the more sustainable and economic option, with lower impact to staff and students. IT Campus is registered for LEED® EB: O&M.

Green Building Pioneer
Southwest Properties
Southwest Properties recently achieved LEED® Gold Certification for new construction with The Grainery Loft.  This achievement marked the first privately owned and developed, multi-residential building east of Montreal to achieve LEED® Gold status.

Southwest Properties is targeting LEED® Gold certification for MAPLE, its newest residential development in downtown Halifax -  making it the largest residential project in the region to do so. Guiding principles for the development include smart growth strategies, new urbanism and green building practices to ensure the creation of a sustainable, beautiful and livable building.

Inspired Educator
UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering
UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering was opened in 2016. The School offers a progressive and innovative four-year Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering degree which recognizes the need for a broad and balanced engineering education. The program highlights fundamentals for green building education of the future.  Innovative research on renewable energies and green building systems are fundamental.

Emerging Green Leader
Natasha Pearce
Natasha Pearce, an AET graduate from the Nova Scotia Community College and Program Manager at Efficiency Nova Scotia, became Canada’s first Passive House Verifier in 2017. Natasha is dedicated to the advancement of energy performance in new home construction by increasing green building literacy and raising awareness about the importance of low energy buildings.

Volunteer Leadership – Chapter 
Matthew Jarsky
Matthew has been on the local leadership board since 2012 and was instrumental in guiding the chapter through the transition to a nationwide governance structure Matthew recently started his own practice Jarsky after many years at FBM.  He has employed his considerable green design skills to some significant community projects most notably to building the greenhouse at Hope Blooms for which he won a 2015 Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor’s Design Award.   He is an advocate for green buildings and

Government Leadership
Housing Nova Scotia
Housing Nova Scotia (HNS) is a Provincial Agency committed to LEED® Silver for all new buildings. HNS housing stock was built in the 60s, 70s, and 80s before LEED® certification was in place.  Sustainable commitments the department has made include: additional insulation for siding and roofing upgrades; passive House standard for rebuilds, replacements, or existing buildings adaptive reuse; a photovoltaic Pilot program and; an Energy Management System Pilot.  HNS completed an affordable Passive House in 2016.


Media Contact
Renée Rietveld
CaGBC Media Relations

About Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
CaGBC ( is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing green building and sustainable community development practices. As the voice of green building in Canada, we work closely with our national and chapter members in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through project certification, advocacy and research, and has helped meet the demand for skilled workers by providing green building education to over 20,000 professionals across the country since 2002. CaGBC is the license holder of the LEED® green building rating system in Canada and launched the country’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard on May 29, 2017. CaGBC also supports the WELL Building Standard and GRESB in Canada, oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools, and is a member of the World Green Building Council.