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.


AZ Awards Gala

  • Posted on: 23 April 2019
  • By: Lotte Meijers

On the 21st of June the AZ Awards Gala will take place in Toronto. This includes the awarding of the international design and architecture competition organized by the leading Canadian AZURE Magazine. This year two Dutch designs have been nominated. The first Dutch finalist is nominated within the category “Commercial/Institutional Interiors” and includes the interior design of the Princessehof Museum in Leeuwarden by i29 Interior Architects (left picture by Ewout Huibers).

Interview Cedric Burgers – Why Passive House could be the answer to the challenge of developing sustainable houses in Canada

  • Posted on: 27 March 2019
  • By: Lotte Meijers

Cedric Burgers is the principal architect at Burgers Architecture in Vancouver. Because of his Dutch background and passion for sustainable housing he was  interviewed  for Parallel52. The background of Burgers lays with his Dutch parents that studied in the Netherlands and moved to Vancouver, where they started their architectural firm. Cedric studied in Canada and worked in Germany as an architect before working at Burgers Architecture.​

“Jaga conquers the world with efficient heat, cooling, and fresh air” - news article

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: Lotte Meijers

Recently a news article with this title was published. The article gives insight into the adventures of Jaga, one of our Dutch partners, in Canada and the USA. There is a need for decreasing the energy-use of buildings and Jaga provides among other things, radiators that make this possible. This has resulted in around 750 employees worldwide. Currently they are delivering material for the Vancouver House in Canada e.g.

AZ Awards in Toronto

  • Posted on: 8 February 2019
  • By: Lotte Meijers

The AZ awards are organized by the leading Canadian AZURE Magazine. The AZ awards is an international design and architecture competition which recognizes excellence and innovation and presents the world’s best projects, products, and ideas. Joining the competition is a unique opportunity to get international fame and recognition and participation of Dutch creative talent is encouraged. In 2018 almost 1000 submissions from 46 countries were submitted. 64 submissions were selected and 20 winners received an award during the gala in Toronto.

Mini-seminar: The social opportunities of sustainability

  • Posted on: 8 January 2019
  • By: Lotte Meijers

On the 23th of January a mini-seminar of the ministry of BZK will take place in The Hague. John Robinson, professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto, will speak at this symposium. Anke van Hal, co-initiator of Parallel 52, was in regular contact with the Canadian John Robinson during her 2 year stay in Toronto, and became very inspired by his vision. He will share this vision during this symposium.