Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Lapointe Architects Featured in International Book
Monday, March 30, 2009
Centennial College Selected to Teach LEED Course
Centennial College is one of only seven post-secondary institutions across Canada selected by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) to participate in the pilot delivery of the LEED course Building Green with LEED: LEED Canada for New Construction 1.0. Colleges and Universities competing to teach the course had to demonstrate that sustainability was a guiding principal of the institution and that they had the qualified faculty to teach the course. The course will be taught at the sustainable HP Campus by John Romanov and Francis Lapointe, principal at Lapointe Architects.
This will be the first time that the trade marked LEED rating system is officially taught at any post-secondary school in Canada.
Labels: Government Initiatives
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Construction Begins on Sustainable Pavilion
Excavation has begun on Fifth Town's new sustainable pavilion. Work this weekend included assessing the quantity of material available, marking trees on the adjoining woodlot and excavation for the foundation system. Stay tuned for weekly updates.
Labels: Fifth Town Pavilion
Friday, March 20, 2009
Fifth Town - Part Two !!
The owners of the LEED Platinum Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory in Picton has asked us to design and build a new pavilion on their property. The Client has confirmed that the popularity of the project and product means that at times, especially on the weekends, the facility is busting at the seams with visitors.
But this time, instead of a high-tech building we are proposing a low tech organic structure, constructed from materials left over from the factory (such as Durisol) and from raw supplies like small diameter timber, stone and straw, all from the immediate site.
The construction will be completed over several weekends with volunteer labour in a an old-fashioned 'barn raising' style of construction. This will give the participants the opportunity to learn firsthand about the materials, their installation and the methods of fastening. The construction will be directed by several skilled trades persons and Francis Lapointe, the principal of Lapointe Architects. Watch this blog for progress on the project.
Labels: Our Projects
Friday, March 13, 2009
Fifth Town is a Platinum LEEDer!
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) today confirmed that after a rigorous audit process, the Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Factory has been awarded the difficult to achieve LEED Platinum designation. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a sustainable building rating system who's goal is to promote the construction of buildings that are designed following a series of environmentally-sound design criteria ranging from sustainable site development to water efficiency, to a reduction of energy use and minimizing harm to the atmosphere, while making efficient use of materials and resources and improving indoor air quality. Lapointe Architects congratulates Fifth Town on achieving this important designation and for pursuing their goal of being the most environmentally-friendly industrial building in North America. For more information on LEED see http://www.cagbc.org/.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Three County Projects Receive a Building Permit
The first site, located just west of Wellington, is set on an 18 ft high limestone cliff containing fossils and overlooking Sandbanks Provincial Park.
The third site, a 77 acre agricultural lot that includes productive agricultural fields, a forest and a working vineyard is the setting for Collection House a collection of volumes designed to house a collection of books for two university profs.
Labels: Our Projects
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