Welcome to Parallel 52°

Parallel52 is a non-profit organization with an ideal of collaboration between the sustainable building sector in Canada and The Netherlands. This online community is created for knowledge exchange and discussion between enthusiasts for sustainability in the built environment. We welcome you to share your knowledge and expertise on this website to the benefit of sustainable development in both countries.


Trade mission climate change resiliency

  • Posted on: 21 January 2018
  • By: Lotte Meijers

Last October a Dutch trade mission to Vancouver and Toronto took place around the topic climate change resiliency. The event included several workshops, speakers and network events that relate to the challenges that both Canada and the Netherlands are facing to ensure liveable cities in the future. Some of these challenges include spatial planning, water management, storms, fire hazards, transit, soil remediation and social equity. None of these topics can be dealt separately and an integral approach is required.

HAUT - Amsterdam

  • Posted on: 10 January 2018
  • By: Lotte Meijers

HAUT, the 21-storey wooden residential building in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is a serious contender to become the tallest timber tower in the world. This month the project received a BREEAM Outstanding certificate for sustainable design with the exceptional score of 90,76%. This is truly unique; never before has this qualification been awarded to a residential building in The Netherlands.

CaGBC Zero Carbon Trade Mission

  • Posted on: 3 November 2017
  • By: Lotte Meijers

From Sunday January 21st 2018 until Friday January the 26th 2018 Canadian members and invitees of the CaGBC, architects, engineers, owners, investors, builders, and technology providers, will visit the Netherlands and Austria in context of the CaGBC Zero Carbon Trade Mission.

Sustainable Neighborhood Transformation

  • Posted on: 26 May 2017
  • By: Jesper Menting

Sustainable Neighborhood Transformations - retrofitting social housing. Combining experiences from Canada and the Netherlands: a win-win. During this workshop, our guests will showcase different approaches of sustainable neighborhood transformation projects. In an open discussion we would like to compare experiences in the Netherlands and Canada, with the ambition to get the best out of both worlds and join forces.

Student Design Ideas Competition

  • Posted on: 7 May 2017
  • By: Jesper Menting

Enter for a chance to contribute new ideas to the sustainable transformation of Toronto’s neighborhoods and win a $1,000 cash prize!