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Agora Borealis – Engaging in Sustainable Architecture

Vivian Manasc and Cheryl Mahaffy

"Agora Borealis is the story of a journey into sustainable architecture amid the vagaries of Canada’s northern climate. From that journey emerges a new generation of green buildings, models not only for the north but for the world.

Agora Borealis makes its case by taking readers behind the scenes, telling the story of four community friendly, occupant friendly and energy efficient buildings. In the process, we demonstrate that sustainable architecture can bring financial as well as environmental rewards."

Copies available at: Audrey's Bookstore, The Artworks in Edmonton. Built Books, Ryerson and UofT Bookstores in Toronto. Or purchase online.



Economics of Green Buildings

U.S. buildings labeled under the LEED or Energy Star programs charge 3% higher rent, have greater occupancy rates, and sell for 13% more than comparable properties, according to the new study "The Economics of Green Building." 

Additionally, green-labeled buildings have effective rents that are almost 8% higher than those of otherwise identical nearby non-green rated buildings.

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Results of the 2009 CoreNet Global and Jones Lang LaSalle global survey on
Corporate Real Estate and sustainability


Websites related to sustainable buildings
or the reimagine initiative

Manasc Isaac integrate sustainable architecture and engineering to enable owners to enhance their buildings' performance, appearance and comfort.

The Sustainable Buildings Consortium is a non-profit research Institute dedicated to green buildings and materials research and development and to public policy advocacy.

“Mayor’s Tower Renewal" is a program to drive broad environmental, social, economic, and cultural change by improving Toronto’s concrete apartment towers and the neighbourhoods that surround them.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada  supports the development of clean technologies to provide solutions to issues of climate change.

Zerofootprint empowers communities, businesses, and organizations to live ingeniously in a low carbon world.

Information about the Empire State Building sustainable retrofit project.