I want to share with my fellow engineers some information on the profitability of using energy from a vast reservoir that is embedded right under our feet, in the ground – low temperature geothermal energy.
Provincial officials and school boards are on a learning curve as Alberta carries out Canada’s most ambitious public-private partnership (P3) school program to date.
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When the Earth Rangers Centre was built in 2004 it caused quite a stir. Photographs of the massive concrete ventilation “earth tubes” being installed – each around 20 metres long, 1 metre in diameter, and buried 2 metres below grade – made for…
A new – very green – building is nearing completion on the University of British Columbia campus.
Construction has started on the new “superhospital” in Montreal. Known as “CHUM,” the French-language hospital is a massive complex covering two blocks in downtown Montreal between Viger and Rene-Levesque Boulevard, west of St-Denis. With an…
Environment Canada seized more than $1 million of illegally imported HCFC-22 (R-22) refrigerant this spring. The release dated March 7, said that Gestion Alexis Dionne had accepted responsibility for illegally importing more…
In the quest for steel reinforced concrete that will not succumb to the salts and other corrosive forces in the Canadian environment, the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa is pursuing tests on new types of stainless steel…
What might have been (or may be?) – Budget 2011 plans for infrastructure, energy and the environment
With a federal election now called for May 2, any plans that the Conservative Government of Canada outlined in its budget tabled on March 23 might be a moot point.
The Association of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is studying what impact clothes like burqas or saris and other non-western attire have on human body temperature, and thus how these clothes might affect the…
IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, has tracked its members’ opinions on smart meters to reduce energy consumption. The institute posed the question, “Would you be willing to help pay for the smart grid in your…
The Canadian Concrete Masonry Association wants building codes to require the use of masonry walls on the grounds that they will keep out stray bullets.
A new class of cement known as Portland-limestone cement is being referenced in the Ontario Building Code. As well, in Quebec, the Régie du Bâtiment has approved the limestone cement as an “alternative solution” to General Use…
The largest sports facility in Canada had a grand reopening last month, sporting a new gel fabric roof, as well as structural, mechanical and electrical upgrades. Williams Engineering were the prime consultants for the renovations to the…
SOFTEK Services, Ltd. of Vancouver has been providing structural engineering software solutions since 1981. As the founder and president of SOFTEK, Mr. George Casoli, P.Eng., likes to say: “It was a time when mice had four legs, telephones had…
As one of Canada’s few Modernist National Historic Sites, Canada’s Cold War Museum known as the Diefenbunker has had many unique programming and operational challenges. The foremost challenge was with the occupancy capacity limit. The museum…
The Cameco Corporation is one of the world’s largest uranium producers with four operating mines in Canada and the U.S. To keep up with its rapid growth, the company built a new office in 2009 to accommodate around 300 people. The 3-storey,…
Mass Notification System (MNS) involves leveraging an organization’s infrastructure by ensuring that their current systems, devices, protocols, and procedures operate as one unit, sometimes at the touch of a button. A mass notification system…
A Canadian Standards Association (CSA) technical committee is finalizing the first edition of a national standard on building commissioning.
The collapse of several roofs across Atlantic Canada under heavy snowfalls this winter has left some engineers wondering if the National Building Code of Canada needs updating.
The standard used throughout Canada for energy efficient buildings has been tightened up and made 30% more rigorous in the 2010 version.
A new system for making buildings resistant to earthquakes was successfully tested at full scale at the University of Toronto’s Civil Engineering Structural Testing Facility last year.
CBC reports that the Vancouver School Board is concerned that hundreds of its schools remain at risk from seismic events.
Green building specialists Enermodal (MMM) conducted an anonymous, online survey of its employees one year after the company moved into its new head office in Kitchener.
Gilles Desmarais of Dessau, Montreal has received one of four top Technology Awards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.
The city of Toronto is allowing an extra year before requiring the owners of new industrial buildings and large commercial and residential buildings to incorporate green roofs in their building designs.
More than 400 people in North America have become accredited Green Roof Professionals since the program was launched in June 2009.
On January 10 Correctional Services Canada announced four new expansions to Canadian prisons “for the safety of Canadian streets and communities with an investment to help keep dangerous criminals behind bars.”