Sustainability, digital practice, and social innovation: we are KPMB’s research group.

Through research projects, speculative design proposals, and lecture series, the LAB works to integrate new ideas and skills into our professional practice.

Modelling perimeter heating early in design stage optimizes occupant experience

High-performance building design increasingly focuses on façade efficiency. Using a Toronto multi-unit residential building as an example, we look at how thermal comfort and energy quantities can inform façade performance in the early stages of design.

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We’re helping Indigenous communities design healthy, resilient homes

Two Row Architect and KPMB LAB have partnered with Fort Severn First Nation to design durable, sustainable, and culturally appropriate housing as part of the National Research Council of Canada’s “Path to Healthy Homes” program. The project has been named the winner of the World Architecture Festival’s 2021 WAFX Social Equity award.

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Embodied Carbon Values in Common Insulation Materials

Analysis of the embodied vs. operational carbon trade-offs for XPS, Polyiso, Rockwool, Neopor GPS, fibreglass batts, and blown cellulose.

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KPMB’s Climate Statement

KPMB Architects declares their position on sustainability with a Climate Statement in the November 2020 edition of Canadian Architect.

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We’re using fluid dynamics to understand urban microclimate.

With support from the Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship program, KPMB is working with Ryerson University building science researchers to develop a suite of analysis tools that allow us to understand the micro-climate of a building site. With this understanding, we can incorporate climate considerations into our design process from the earliest concepts forward through detailed design. The result is higher performance designs, lower environmental impact, and optimized comfort inside and out.

We’re leading the conversation on next-generation building facades.

This fall, Facades+ partnered with KPMB Architects to bring their conference to Canada for the first time. KPMB Director of Innovation Geoffrey Turnbull and KPMB Senior Associate David Constable co-hosted the event in Toronto. For the full line-up of panel discussions and workshops, visit the event site, here.

We’re endorsing Passive House.

Recognizing the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the rapidly shifting regulatory environment in which our projects are realized, KPMB has endorsed the Passive House building standard as a benchmark certification for next-generation projects. We have launched an ambitious professional development program to cultivate significant PH expertise in-house. We currently have three CPHDs on staff and half-dozen more in the pipe.