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  • Endress+Hauser facility in Burlington pursues three sustainability certifications

    October 11, 2019 by CCE

    Engineers at mcCallumSather and WSP are helping Endress+Hauser Canada target three major sustainability certifications—i.e. net-zero energy, the Zero Carbon Building Standard and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold through the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC)—for the company’s new

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    Carleton University professor receives funding for building envelope research

    August 1, 2019 by CCE

    The director of Carleton University’s Centre for Advanced Building Envelope Research has secured $5.1 million in funding which will go towards the construction of large-scale building envelope test equipment.

  • UL opens new building envelope test facility in Toronto

    November 7, 2018 by CCE

    The new site contains both a fenestration lab and a mock-up lab that can test full scale window wall, curtain wall and wall assemblies.

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    Kemper System adds to sealants line-up for building envelope

    November 29, 2017 by CCE

    Kemper now offers a family of commercial-grade construction sealants to address a variety of applications for the building envelope.

  • Montreal-based CLEB acquired by UL

    May 23, 2017 by CCE

    The acquisition strengthens UL’s position in the field of building science services and building envelope testing, and certification services.

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    Construct Canada session shows Murphy’s Law at work

    December 9, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Judging from a session at Construct Canada Conference and Trade Show last week, construction is no industry for the timid and faint of heart.

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    History Matters

    December 1, 2014 by Jessica Krippendorf

    The built environment in Canada tells a story. From the sturdy Baroque-style homes that created mini-fortresses across the country’s early landscape, to Canada’s distinct architectural variations — Château Style,…

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    TRIUMF Advanced Rare IsototopE Laboratory

    December 1, 2014 by Mechanical engineer: Stantec

    A recently completed building on the TRIUMF campus near Point Grey in Vancouver houses the Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL). TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. It has over 350 scientists,…

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    Green Globes certification for interiors has major upgrade

    August 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    ECD Energy and Environment Canada have released an upgrade to the Green Globes for Fit-ups certification program. The program is now renamed Sustainable Interiors (SI).

  • Rooftop Farms

    August 1, 2014 by Laura D. Kumpf, Miller Thomson LLP

    Environmental degradation, urban sprawl, waning water resources, increase in population, and dependence on imports are all factors putting significant pressure on the food supply. Urban rooftop farming, pioneered by local food and sustainable…

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    August 1, 2014 by By Gerald R. Genge, P.Eng., and Brian Burton

    Close to 2,000 highrise residential towers were constructed in the Greater Toronto Area during the early 1960s and 1970s. This was a time when Canada was experiencing a remarkable building boom, along with rapid urbanization.

  • Climate Change and Buildings

    August 1, 2014 by By Gerald R. Genge, P.Eng. and Brian Burton

    Note: See the digital edition, page 54, to see the table included in this article:  Current Climate Design Parameters and Consolidated Opinion and Collective Prediction of Change. Table compiled by GRG Building Consultants.

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    CTBUH awards BioSkin cooling and Singapore Interlace complex

    July 15, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    A “BioSkin” that is said to reduce the surface temperature of a building by 12 degrees C and the micro-climate by about 2 degrees C has won the Tall Building Innovation Award from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) this…

  • Speaker at GaGBC conference delivers green building inspiration

    June 10, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Keynote speaker on June 4 at the Canada Green Building Conference in Toronto was Matt Noblett of Behnisch Architekten. The German design firm is based in Stuttgart and had its beginnings in the Post World War II era. Its founder helped design…

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    Trees cover Milan tower facade

    May 21, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    A new high-rise development in Milan, Italy is being called a “vertical forest.”  The Bosco Verticale development designed by Boeri Studio/Stefano Boeri architect has two residential towers, one 110 metres and the other 76 metres high….

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    NRC studies ways of trapping sound in buildings

    April 29, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The revamped National Research Council of Canada is continuing to research construction technologies as part of its “Building Regulations for Market Access” initiative.

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    Demolition guidance in new Masterformat

    April 23, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    CSI and CSC have released the 2014 updates to MasterFormat. The publication is used to organize construction documents for commercial, industrial, and institutional building projects in Canada and the U.S.

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    London tower will burn no more

    March 4, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The owners of the “Walkie Talkie” tower on 20 Fenchurch Street in London, U.K. have found a solution to its problem of scorching pedestrians on the street below.

  • LEED v4 now available to Canadian projects

    February 11, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is making it easier for Canadians to work with the next generation of LEED. Working with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). CaGBC will certify LEED v4 projects using LEED Online in…

  • Construct Canada session shows concrete eating CO2

    December 10, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The production of cement for concrete releases so much carbon dioxide that it is the second largest industrial producer of the greenhouse gas. As long as we continue to pave and construct using this ancient material, therefore, we badly need to…

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    Dallas tower’s reflections roast sculpture garden

    December 3, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Another glass tower’s reflective glare is causing problems. A few months ago a mirror glass tower in London, U.K. had to be modified in order to stop it reflecting the sun’s rays down to the street causing car parts to melt and shop doormats to…

  • Changes to 2015 National Building and Energy Codes up for review

    October 29, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The public are being invited to comment on the changes proposed for the 2015 edition of the Canadian National Model Construction Codes and Energy Code for Buildings.

  • Contractors and trades want laws to ensure prompt payment

    October 16, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Contractors, trade organizations and unionized labour are standing together to support a proposed “Prompt Payment Act” for the construction industry in Ontario.

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    Nature Canada calls for changes to building design

    October 3, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    As part of a campaign to prevent millions of bird deaths each year, Nature Canada is calling on municipal and other governments to change building codes so that buildings are designed to deter birds from crashing into them.

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    “Fryscraper” in London highlights glare issues with glass buildings

    September 10, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    In the past buildings with mirror glass walls have been blamed for killing birds, but now they’re being looked at twice for having the potential to concentrate sunlight and cause damage.

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    RBC Waterpark Place

    August 1, 2013 by Michael Pires, P.Eng., Enermodal/MMM Group

    Set for completion in 2014, the 930,000-square foot RBC WaterPark Place is intended to be the first new speculative office tower in Toronto to achieve the highest green building rating — LEED Core & Shell Platinum.

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    Abu Dhabi tower wrapped in dynamic shade screens

    January 7, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently gave its Award for Innovation to a remarkable new system of sun shading that was developed for two towers in Abu Dhabi.

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    Tech Tools: BC Building Codes, roofing, alternative refrigerants

    January 2, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    New building and plumbing codes came into effect in British Columbia on December 20, 2012. The British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines released the 2012 BC Building Code, the 2012 BC Fire Code and the 2012 BC Plumbing Code with the same…

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    Structures: Glass Fallout

    December 1, 2012 by By Gerald R. Genge, P.Eng. GRG Building Consultants

    Over the past two years there has been a lot of press about glass falling from buildings across North America. Balcony guard glass has shattered and been the topic of news, parody, and law suits. There have been allegations about “bad…

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    Structures: New Facade, New LIfe

    December 1, 2012 by By David De Rose, P.Eng.,Halsall Associates

    [See digital edition for images]