Canadian Consulting Engineer

Building Envelope

  • Feature Buildings

    Improving insulation for retirement residences

    June 29, 2020 by Peter Saunders

    A new project south of Vancouver has insulated parapets and balconies with structural thermal breaks.

  • News Buildings

    U of T Passive House student residence moves forward

    June 27, 2020 by CCE

    The University of Toronto (U of T) has awarded a design-build contract for a new Passive House (PH) student residence building at its Scarborough campus to construction firm Pomerleau. The facility has been in the planning stages since 2017. Conceptualized

  • Feature Buildings

    Project delivery: Achieving optimal building performance

    May 5, 2020 by Jeremiah Vanderlaan, P.Eng

    It is time to embrace some change.

  • News Buildings

    Interview: ASHRAE makes progress on net-zero retrofit for new HQ

    May 1, 2020 by CCE

    Darryl K. Boyce, based in Kemptville, Ont., has had the fortune to lead ASHRAE as president during a particularly eventful term. No, we’re not referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced him to self-isolate after a trip home from the

  • Feature Buildings

    The next evolution of warehouses

    February 12, 2020 by Peter Saunders

    Can heating bills reach $0?

  • News Buildings

    Revitalized biosciences complex opens at UBC

    January 21, 2020 by CCE

    On Jan. 17, the University of British Columbia (UBC) opened the second phase of its revitalized biosciences complex in Vancouver, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects (DSA) with engineering firm Henningson, Durham and Richardson (HDR). The new four-storey east wing and

  • News Buildings

    Engineers ‘push the envelope’ at The Buildings Show

    December 13, 2019 by Peter Saunders

    “Engineers are capturing more of the construction industry through the building envelope,” Nova Scotia’s Gary Ruitenberg, P.Eng., commented in an interview with Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine, a few days after attending Informa’s The Buildings Show at the Metro Toronto Convention

  • Natalie Leonard, P.Eng., brings passive homes into the mainstream

    December 2, 2019 by CCE

    Canada’s first certified Passive House (PH) consultant and builder has completed more than 100 projects that are net-zero-ready.

  • News Buildings

    Updates coming to BC Energy Step Code

    November 27, 2019 by CCE

    British Columbia’s Office of Housing and Construction Standards is revising the province’s building code. Among the changes are three updates to the BC Energy Step Code that will take effect on Dec. 12. First, there will be two options for demonstrating

  • 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

  • News Buildings

    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.

  • News

    Top Glass Conference and Exhibits

    February 26, 2019 by Doug Picklyk

    Top Glass is Canada’s industry event for the commercial glazing industry. Hosted by Glass Canada magazine, Top Glass brings glazing contractors, curtain wall manufacturers, storefront fabricators, architects and building engineers together for a day of education, networking and review of

  • 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.

  • News

    RCI, Inc. – 2018 Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium

    April 18, 2018 by Doug Picklyk

    Technical Education for Canadian Building Envelope Professionals RCI’s Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium is a two-day educational program offering cutting-edge information regarding design, construction, maintenance and repair of modern and/or older building envelopes. The event’s open, inclusive environment encourages attendees

  • Product Buildings

    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.

  • News Buildings

    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.

  • Feature Buildings

    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,…

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    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,…

  • News Buildings

    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…

  • Feature Buildings


    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.

  • News Buildings

    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…

  • News Buildings

    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….

  • News Buildings

    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.

  • News Buildings

    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.

  • News Buildings

    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…